- Join us for the Awards Banquet, January 18th at The Meadows in Hellertown. Have fun hanging out with other members and maybe win a door prize! Download the reservation form and send it in before January 11th.
- Send in your 2014 membership!
- Congratulations to the new LVDA Club Officers for 2014: President, Nancy Krial; Vice President, Kim Hirschman; Membership Secretary, Betty Frasca; Corresponding Secretary, Amy Mende; Treasurer, Suzanne Reigel; and Members at Large: Beth Ann Adams, Jacqueline Greener, Peggy Connell, Monika Dujardin, Sally McGowan, Ellen Pfeiffer-Groller.
- Thank you Lisa Toaldo for a wonderful talk at our LVDA Member Social! Thanks also to Monika Dujardin for hosting the event, and to Peggy Connell for coordinating food.
The championship show went off without a hitch, and with rave reviews from competitors. With sixty-six rides, we started at around 8am and finished after 6pm. Among the rides was a western dressage test. Thanks to all who contributed to a successful show season in 2013.
Molasses Creek I Dressage Show
Photos are available as well as show results.
Well, it isn't so much that our show this year was small -- last year it was packed with three rings running from 8am to after 5pm. Many members competed, such as CJ Shelly and her Lipazzaner gelding Neopolitano Primabona II. Results for the August 18 LVDA recognized show at Bucks County Horse park are available on on Foxvillage.com. To view results by rider, click here. To view results by class, click here.
The First Level team won first place, and the Training Level team won second place behind a team that was all professional riders. One of the riders, Patty Weston had a pinch-hitter horse when her own mount fell ill (now recovering nicely). Thanks to LVDA member Melissa Libby for the loan. Read more...
What LVDA means to meBy LVDA member Jenn Pass. Jenn sent us this kind note. We are proud to share it...
I’ll start by admitting that many years ago, when I first joined the LVDA, it was for the omnibus. I did not have a rideable horse for a few years so I dropped my membership. Then when I got Heidi and started riding her, I joined again as a great way to give my young horse show experience. Now, the LVDA means so much more.
Yes, the shows are still great venues to hone your skills with encouraging, positive judges. Yes, the lectures, clinics and other learning opportunities are great for their intended purposes. However, the MEMBERS are the most important part of the LVDA to me.
It is wonderful to be part of a group of people who are so supportive. It doesn’t’ matter what level you ride, how old you are or what kind of horse you ride, everyone is very supportive and encouraging of one another. However, if you’ve been sick or hurt, the outpouring of compassion and encouragement from the team members is overwhelming.
I was very sick last year and was barely able to ride at all. On May 11 this year I went to the Fix A Test show at Rhythm and Blues and did my first attempt at second level. I was overwhelmed by the number of people who gave me hugs and told me it was so nice to see me riding again.
I’m proud to be part of the LVDA. If you don’t take advantage of the opportunities LVDA provides, I encourage you to do so. And please volunteer to help at LVDA events. Be one of the wonderful, active, supportive members. You’ll meet people who will become great friends.