Available ADS Board of Directors Positions...

Feb 14, 2018

ADS has a few board positions coming open for election and/or re-election.  If interested, please read the board position duties document and contact a current board member.  You must notify the board of your interest by March 7. Positions: President, Secretary, Webmaster, 2 Member-at-Large positions Board Position Duties Current Board...

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ADS Meeting Minutes for January 2018...

Feb 9, 2018

ADS Meeting Minutes January 11, 2018 Call To order 6:40 pm; Sandra, Kerry, Joanne, Nicola, Alexis, Alex, Jennifer, Kat, and Rene present President Report General membership issues and feedback ADS Member Committees for specific tasks Establish committee for a Freestyle Clinic in 2018 – Jennifer update on potential clinician and format Possible clinician – Joan Darnell, “S” judge; option for a 1-day educational course or 2 days, second day with horses A USDF grant would only apply to a clinic after September 2018 Board members will ask around about general interest Alexis will also look into clinicians for a Ride-a-Test clinic Committee to plan/execute Junior rider ADS Event. Joanne Homeyer and Kat Cromer. Committee to be established ADS Trailer – license plate, insurance and maintenance Review ADS Bylaws – finalize changes; post to ADS...

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2018 ADS Schooling Show Schedule...

Feb 9, 2018

Mark your calendars! Here’s our 2018 ADS Schooling Show schedule…   April 15 – Diamond TR – Judge: Susanne Lauda June 2- 3 – Ride-a-Test Clinic – more info to come! July 29 – Diamond TR – Judge: Barbara Lewis August – Rain date September 16 – G&H Equestrian – Judge: Amanda Bailey October 14 – Lucky Acres – Judge: Sherry Guess November 4 – G&H Equestrian – Judge: Gabrielle...

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2018 ADS Bylaws Revision

Feb 8, 2018

These revised bylaws for ADS will be presented at the Year End Awards Banquet and will require a vote of the general membership at the banquet (you must be a current ADS member to be eligible to vote).  Please familiarize yourself with the bylaws below. 2018 ADS...

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USEF “S” Dressage Judge Comes to Central Arkansas by Eileen Krause...

Feb 5, 2018

*Special thank you to ADS member Eileen Krause for sharing this wonderful article on our dressage symposium with Melonie Kessler (in December 2017).  Be sure to check out her article in Horseman’s Roundup magazine. USEF “S” Dressage Judge Comes to Central Arkansas By Eileen Krause Melonie Kessler, an FEI trainer and “S” judge (the highest designation for judges in the US Equestrian Federation) conducted a very successful symposium for Arkansas Dressage Society — “On the Levels: What You Need Now and What You Need to Move Up.” The symposium took place December 2-3, 2017, at Fletcher Farms in Cabot. Kessler began her education under cavalryman Frank Danver, who taught her both to stay soft in the horse’s mouth and to be considerate of the horse. Ms. Kessler continued her education in Training and Stable...

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Save the Date!

Jan 24, 2018

It’s almost time for the Annual ADS Awards Banquet and General Membership Meeting!   When: Saturday, March 31, 6:30 pm Where: Embassy Suites, Little Rock   Registration forms will be available soon!    Plan to join us and celebrate the 2017 show year with dinner, drinks, a silent auction, and...

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ADS Meeting Minutes for December 2017...

Jan 12, 2018

ADS Meeting Minutes December 14, 2017 Call To order 6:40 pm; Kat, Kerry, Nicola, Alexis, Jennifer, Sandra, Alex, Joanne, and Rene present President Report General membership issues and feedback: ADS Symposium feedback – Feedback on Symposium has been positive, between 30-35 people attended each day. ADS Member Committees for specific tasks Establish committee for a Freestyle Clinic in 2018 Committee to plan/execute Junior rider ADS Event. Joanne Homeyer and Kat Cromer. Committee to be established. ADS Trailer – license plate, insurance and maintenance USDF Annual Convention – member attendance – Jennifer reported on trip to convention Review ADS Bylaws – postponed until December meeting   Secretary Report Meeting minutes – Approved, pending correction to list of attendees Membership status – 55 members   Treasurer Report Q4 2017 Financial Report – General account: $10,186.64; JR...

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ADS Meeting Minutes for November 2017...

Dec 9, 2017

ADS Meeting Agenda November 9, 2017 Call To order 6:45 pm; Kathryn, Kerry, Sandra, Alexis, Alex, Joanne, and Nicola present President Report General membership issues and feedback ADS Member Committees for specific tasks Committee to plan/execute ADS Member Clinic with a well-known clinician established and in-process. Kerry Evans is Board Member chair. See 8(b). Will recruit a few volunteers for set up/break down/reception desk Nicola will order lanyards Joanne will decorate Kerry/Patty/Melonie will put schedule together Because 2017 membership year is ending, Symposium attendees can pay for 2018/2019 memberships Committee to plan/execute Junior rider ADS Event. Joanne Homeyer and Kat Cromer. Committee to be established. ADS Trailer – license plate, insurance and maintenance – In process USDF Annual Convention – member attendance Review ADS Bylaws – postponed until December meeting Planning a clinic for...

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Melonie Kessler Dressage Symposium Photo Gallery...

Dec 9, 2017

Below are photos from the Melonie Kessler Dressage Symposium held at Fletcher Farms (5o1 Sport Horses).  Special thanks to Kendra Pomeroy for taking the photos.  Click on the thumbnail below to enlarge...

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Schedule of Events for the ADS Symposium with Melonie Kessler...

Nov 27, 2017

Arkansas Dressage Society is very excited to present On The Levels: What You Need and What You Need to Move Up Dressage Symposium with Melonie Kessler this weekend on December 2-3, 2017.  The event with begin at 9:00am both days with a check-in time for members/guests and volunteers starting at 8:30am – you MUST check in so please arrive early.  We need everyone checked in and seated by 9:00am.  We will have a hibachi food truck on location for lunch.  You are welcome to bring snacks if you would like. We still need volunteers!  If you would be willing to volunteer during the event, please contact Sandra Thompson at 512-466-4457.  This is a great way to fulfill your volunteer requirement for year end awards! Please find the complete schedule of events below (it is...

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Photos from the G&H Equestrian Show...

Nov 10, 2017

Photos from the G&H Equestrian show on Nov. 5, 2017 are now posted!  All photos by Jennifer Landers. You can view them here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/153472636@N03/Sh32V9...

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ADS Meeting Minutes for October 2017...

Nov 9, 2017

ADS Meeting Agenda October Meeting Minutes Call To order – Sandra, Kerry, Kat, Alex, Alexis, Jennifer, and Joanne present; opened meeting at 6:50pm President Report General membership issues and feedback ADS Member Committees for specific tasks Committee to plan/execute ADS Member Clinic with a well-known clinician established and in-process. Kerry Evans is Board Member chair. See 8(b). – Kerry will determine how Melonie wants arena etc. set up for Symposium Committee to plan/execute Junior rider ADS Event. Joanne Homeyer is Board Member chair. Committee to be established. Meeting with ADS members that are trainers (professional status with USDF). Status – Completed on September 25. Discuss results. Kat Cromer – Kat summarized topics discussed with trainers at Sept. meeting. Discussed possible Freestyle Clinic in Feb/Mar 2018. Sandra will start USDF grant application for clinic support....

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Time to Submit Year End Awards Form...

Nov 7, 2017

The 2017 ADS schooling show season has officially ended and now it’s time to submit your Year End Awards Submission Form!  Please click below for a printable version and mail it in.  The deadline to submit for awards is December 15, 2017.  You can also review the qualifications for year end awards below. Year End Awards Criteria     Year Ends Awards Submission Form Need to review your scores?  You can check past scores here. We also wanted to thank everyone who is a member, participated, volunteered, and supported ADS!  We could not do it without you!  Looking forward to an exciting 2018...

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Third Level Demo Rider Needed!

Nov 7, 2017

ADS needs a 3rd level demo rider/horse with flying changes for the Melonie Kessler Symposium, Dec. 2-3. Demo riders attend the Symposium at no cost! Please let us know if you can help! Contact Patty Hale at (501)-733-5947 or Kerry at...

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Show Results for November 2017 at G&H Equestrian...

Nov 6, 2017

Please click below to view the show results for the November 5, 2017 show held at G&H Equestrian with judge Lyn Francik. Congrats to our show High Point winners! Ashley White – River – 72.000% for Adult Amateur Katherine Beach – Orleans CF – 72.500% for Junior Alex du Celliee Muller – Imperial WRF – 72.273% for...

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Introductory Clicker Training Clinic...

Nov 3, 2017

Have you ever hear or wondered about clicker training for horses? ADS members Sandra Thompson and Eileen Krause have organized an introductory clicker training clinic that is open to everyone.  The clinic will be taught by Cindy Martin and will be held in Sherwood, AR on November 18-19. 2017.  The cost is $50.00 per day without a horse and $125.00 per day if you bring your horse. Please click the links below for more information and for the entry form.  You can also contact Sandra at 512-466-4457 or Eileen Krause at 501-606-0993. Clicker Training Entry Form November 2017 Clicker Training Info Sheet November...

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Ride Times for the G&H Equestrian Show...

Nov 3, 2017

Please click on the thumbnail below to view the ride times for the ADS show on Sunday, Nov. 5, at G&H Equestrian Center. Volunteer Schedule for Nov 5...

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From Schooling Shows to Recognized Shows by Alex du Celliee Muller...

Oct 24, 2017

How to Break Out of the Schooling Show Cycle and Get to Your First Recognized Show by Alex du Celliee Muller Say you’ve been riding dressage for a few years, and you’ve been showing at local shows with moderate success. Are you ready for a recognized show? Here’s what you need to know. A recognized show is a show that is governed by both USDF (United States Dressage Federation) and USEF (United States Equestrian Federation now US Equestrian). Unfortunately, there is no easy formula for getting out of your comfort zone and showing in your first recognized show (the USDF training pyramid is always a good reference – see below).  I can, however, share my own personal ideas.  Before you plunge right in and take yourself to a USDF/USEF recognized show, find yourself a...

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