Upcoming California Dressage Society Championship Show To Feature Spectacular Competition and Entertainment
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Posted by Jennifer Keeler
Every year the CDS Championship Show offers something for everyone, whether a dedicated competitor or enthusiastic fan. This show will once again award a multitude of CDS Horse of the Year titles with $20,000 in prize money across all levels from Training to Grand Prix, and expanded championship classes for juniors and young riders. Fifty-eight talented young horses will compete for top honors and more than $12,000 in prize money in the CDS Young Horse Futurity (including the Cal-Bred Futurity) for four, five, and six-year-olds, while riders will have a chance to show off their skills in the HorseShow.com/CDS Dressage Seat Equitation Challenge.
But the CDS Championship Show is more than just great competition and awards - it's about enjoying the annual championship experience and camaraderie. Exhibitors are invited to participate in a variety of complimentary hospitality, activities, and entertainment, including a fabulous wine tasting (courtesy of Villa Toscano) while shopping at over 20 vendors, touring the all-new "Artist Walk" displaying the work of 14 featured artists, or shopping for their next dressage prospect during the Sale Horse Presentation. Special "Masters Series" discussions will once again be held on Friday and Saturday, California's best dressage horses and riders, like High Performance Grand Prix rider Kathleen Raine, will be in attendance this week in Rancho Murieta at the CDS Championships. Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler featuring U.S. Young Horse Champion Charlotte Jorst; FEI Junior/Young Rider coach Nadine Pestana; and High Performance Grand Prix riders and 2014 U.S. Dressage Team hopefuls Kathleen Raine and David Blake.
Saturday evening special performances will include the Visalia Rockettes Junior Drill Team; a demonstration by five-time U.S. National Champion vaulter Mary McCormick; a thrilling theatrical act by AirAligned aerial dance group; as well as musical freestyle competition with horses and riders dancing for a championship title and a year's worth of bragging rights in the $1000 CDS Horse of the Year Grand Prix Freestyle, including Olympians Charlotte Bredahl and Hilda Gurney.
For complete information about the California Dressage Society Championship Show, including updates, schedule, ride times, and results, visit the CDS website, http://www.california-dressage.org/.
The California Dressage Society, formed in 1967, is a non-profit organization devoted to furthering interest in dressage. It is one of the largest dressage organizations in the nation with more than 4,000 individual members in its 36 Chapters and a rich history of equestrian sport on the West Coast.
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