CDCTA Horse Trials Introduces New Organizer and Course Designer


Gaithersburg, MD - Popular for their excellent footing and galloping tracks, CDCTA is excited to make some changes that will be introduced in the spring of 2015. Mike Mendell is CDCTA's new organizer who brings not only experience at the upper-levels of eventing, but also a level of professionalism that has allowed him excel as a trainer and instructor. Mike has competed through the CCI4**** level (long format) and spent two years riding, training and competing overseas.

"I was delighted to hear that Mike Mendell had assumed the role of organizer of the CDCTA Horse Trials," said Jo Whitehouse, USEA CEO. "I have known Mike for many years, and he brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in eventing to the role. Mike is as passionate about the sport at the lower-levels as he is at the upper-levels. With his wife, Lisa, he breeds and trains young horses and will ensure that the event meets the needs of both the entry level horse and rider, as well as those moving up."

Lisa has a long list of accomplishments as well. She has competed at the Advanced-level, was a member of the 1999 CCI1* long format Young Rider team, was the 2006 Area II Preliminary Champion and in 2011 she won her USDF Bronze Medal. Both Mike and Lisa bring a depth of eventing expertise that will continue to make CDCTA's horse trials one of the best in Area II.          

Jon Wells is a well-known course designer who has been responsible for the building and designing of courses at the Foxhall Cup, the Virginia Horse Trials and the Maui Jim Horse Trials. He has also been the designer for the American Eventing Championships, the Middle Tennessee Pony Club

Horse Trials, Windridge Horse Trials, Indiana Eventing Association Classic 3-Day and Horse Trials, the Penny Oaks Horse Trials and the FENCE Horse Trials. "Jon brings years of experience as a 

designer and builder and has worked on events all over the U.S.," said Jo Whitehouse. "He has a very good understanding and sympathy for providing a welcoming and educational experience for everyone." His vast resume shows tremendous knowledge of the sport that CDCTA is thrilled to have showcased in the spring.           

The new spring competition dates for 2015 are back-to-back, Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, April 19th. The purpose is to have a CDCTA I and CDCTA II for horses and riders planning to move-up a level. There will be open divisions offered on both weekends with cross-country courses guaranteed to be suitable for each level.

CDCTA is a Northern Virginia based, dressage and eventing, volunteer driven 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization. They have recently been notified that their dressage and eventing programs will be participating the Virginia Horse Industry Board "Virginia Bred" program.The horse trials are volunteer run with all profits used to underwrite team competitions, scholarships, clinics and a year-end awards program. Entries open February 17th, CDCTA is hoping to see you there!