Bi-Monthly Newsletter: November & December, 2016


President's Message

Thirty years ago I resigned my position on the board to start a family. Well here I am again. I am very excited to be back but also a bit nervous about the challenges that are facing us. Let me introduce myself, I am Becky Brown the new DDC Vice President.

The Dallas Dressage Club has a long history as a strong club. In the past, monthly pot luck dinners, an educational program, and shared the fellowship of people with the same passion. But time has changed how things are done. We used to be a hub for organizing clinics and horse shows. Now the internet makes communication so easy that barns can organize clinics with the greatest talent in the world. Social media has changed the way we interact and spend our time. And with the loss of Las Colinas organizing shows is a challenge.

So why be a member is the question I keep asking myself. Can this club still be a venue for members to compete, be educated, share a sense of community, and rejoice in our fellow members successes? Can we help each other grow as riders, encourage each other, and even at times console each other in the loss of a friend, family member, horse, or pet? I would like to think that we could. I would like to think that the value of our life is in face time. Not in FaceBook.

The mission of the DDC is to provide educational opportunities for our members. We fund these opportunities by hosting horse shows and other events. With costs of horse shows skyrocketing and attendance dwindling keeping the club relevant is a struggle. This isn’t unique to our club, however. I have heard from board members of various activities and they are all facing the same challenges.

We are sending out a survey and hope to get a good response before the Year End Awards Banquet. We want to hear your thoughts on helping the club go in the direction that YOU as a member would like it to go. We want to hear your ideas, we welcome your criticisms, and we want to grow and respond based on the wants and needs of our members. I hope all of you will respond to this survey. This is your club. Help us to know how we can serve you better!

Happy Riding in 2017!



Renew Your DDC

Membership for 2017!

 The Dallas Dressage Club has a scheduled schooling show on December 10th at the Black Star Rockwall facility.  Those scores can be used for the 2017 year end awards.

Additionally,  once again there will be the two day schooling show in February, 2017 at the Henderson County Fairpark Complex in Athens, Texas.


Year End Awards Banquet! 

Registration for the Awards Banquet February 25, 2017 is now available! Register Now!
Please click here for eligibility information. 
Submit your scores for consideration by December 31st. 
Scores may be emailed to
Four volunteer hours are required to be eligible - to purchase volunteer hours click here.

Our diverse Silent Auction Items make our banquet fun! Please let us know if you would like to donate an item to our auction! Donations of goods and services are welcome or even have your barn make a basket! Horsey and non-horsey items 

We also accept charitable contributions. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization!
 Please contact Abbie Perrin at for more information.



Holiday Jackpot 

 Sponsored by the 

Dallas Dressage Club and Black Star Sport Horses

 Enter and ride in both upcoming Shows and you are  automatically  entered to win! 

Dallas Dressage Club Schooling Show on December 10, 2016 and

Black Star Sport Horses Schooling Show on December 17, 2016

 Intro—Junior $25.00                  Intro—Adult Amateur $25.00

Training Level—$50.00                    First Level—$50.00                Western Dressage—$50.00

Must ride two tests within the same level, same horse/rider combination, at both the DDC Schooling Show and the Black Star Sport Horses Schooling Show, (total of four tests). Four test scores will be averaged. Gaited horses allowed.

 Intro Tests can be either USDF or WDAA Intro.  For Training Level, First Level and Western Dressage one prize will be awarded regardless of Division (Jr/AA/O).

                             For more information contact Leslie Heltzen at

Grant Fund in Memory of Evie Tumlin Established

at The Dressage Foundation


October 6, 2016 – Friends and colleagues of Evie Tumlin have established the Evie Tumlin Memorial Fund for Region 9 Adult Amateurs at The Dressage Foundation. The new Fund, created in memory of Evie, will provide grants to Adult Amateur riders who currently reside in USDF Region 9, to aid in their development in dressage. 

Evie Tumlin was an integral part of her Region 9 dressage and eventing community. Throughout her years of serving and helping others, she touched many lives and helped to raise several generations of young men and women who loved horses.

Among her many accomplishments, Evie was the founder of the Mississippi Eventing and Dressage Association, was named the 2010 Region 9 Horseperson of the Year, was a USDF L Program Graduate, received her USDF Silver Medal, and was a member of The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club. She was a popular and much-loved instructor and trainer in Mississippi, and even worked with the Oxford Mounted Police unit.

Grants will typically range in the amount of $250 - $750, to be used for educational experiences that will further the applicant’s knowledge of dressage and are in addition to the applicant’s typical training plan. These events may include camps, clinics, riding lessons, etc. Additional consideration will be given to riders who also participate in eventing, as well as to those who have a history of volunteer work related to dressage and/or eventing. The grant application deadline will be March 1st of each year.

Gifts of any amount are welcome to help establish TDF’s Evie Tumlin Memorial Fund for Region 9 Adult Amateurs. Donations by check can be mailed to TDF’s office at 1314 ‘O’ Street, Suite 305, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508. Donations can be made by credit card online at or by calling TDF’s office at (402) 434-8585.

For more information about this Fund, visit or contact Jenny Johnson at (402)434-8585 or

Schooling Shows

USEF Vaccination Rule

Volunteer Program



June Minutes

July Minutes

Beginning December 1, 2015, all horses entering the grounds of a Federation- licensed competition must be accompanied with a Vaccination Record of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months

USEF Equine Vaccination Record    Read GR845 in its entirety


Sign-up for a membership and be eligible for year end Awards, Newsletters and Clinic attendance. and membership to the USEF, USDF organizations.

Schooling Show

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Location: Rockwall, Texas

Judge:  Clare Morrow

Download Entry Form

Entry Closing Date:  December 6, 2016

Show Secretary:  Leslie Heltzen

USEF Approved Continuing Education Freestyle Clinic with Joan Darnell  

February 4, 2017

Year End Awards Banquet

February 18, 2017

Recognize Volunteers!

Nominate Now!

Nominate now for the USDF Volunteer of the Year Award and the USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominations for both are due by  August 31. If you have questions, contact the USDF Office.


Schooling Shows

Dallas Dressage Club Show
  Dallas Dressage Club and Black Star have

DDC Schooling Shows  

  • Saturday, Dec 10 at location: Black Star Sport Horse, Rockwall, Tx

Black Star Schooling Show

  • Sunday, November 13, 2016
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016

Information Update for Exhibitors riding Recognized Shows

In mid-November, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will change the name of its non-competing membership. Currently, the non-competing membership is called USEF Equestrian Membership. The new name will be Fan Membership.

The Fan Membership category does not allow an individual to compete at USEF-licensed competitions. In the tools you use to verify membership, it will still include the text indicating "Charge Non-Member Fee" and/or "Non-Competing".

In January, any individuals who currently have a USEF Equestrian Membership will be changed to a Fan Membership.

Dallas Dressage Club Volunteer Program

  •   First 4 volunteer hours make member eligible for year-end awards (DDC bucks are available for every hour worked over the 4 required hours)
  •    DDC will provide food and beverage whenever working.  Must work at least 4 hours for food voucher or to put food on club tab.

DDC bucks to be usable for

  •    membership
  •    educational events in DDC or DDC sponsored event with outside entity  
  •    secretary fee @ schooling or recognized show

 DDC bucks will expire one year from the issue date found on the dollars.

  •    All half-day and full-day volunteers at recognized shows will receive a DDC volunteer T-shirt upon check-in. (brightly colored)
  •   All volunteers working 20 hours may redeem their volunteer verification slips for a DDC volunteer hat (this is considered the bronze award of a larger awards program to be detailed in the future).

Opportunities to earn hours/bucks

  •   Volunteer at DDC sponsored shows and events
  •   Organization of DDC events
  •   Recruit new members (4 for the year-end awards requirement )
  •   Obtain sponsorships ($200 for the year-end awards requirement)

Anyone may volunteer and either use or donate the hours/bucks to others.

  Each year DDC will award a Jr/YR Volunteer of the year award for the Jr/YR volunteer with the highest total hours of volunteer service.

  Each year DDC will award an adult Volunteer of the year award for the adult volunteer with the highest total hours of volunteer service(Board members not eligible).

Volunteer Process:

At each event volunteers will sign in and pick up a volunteer slip.  Volunteers are to have their slip signed by a board member upon finishing their work and volunteer will maintain a record of all of their volunteer hours.  The slips can be redeemed for the end of year awards requirement or DDC bucks as desired.

Elected DDC Board members may submit hours to the board for recognition and awards (to be detailed at a future date)



Dallas Dressage Club Advertising Price Guide


* Members Events can always be listed in website calendar free of charge

* Must be a member to advertise in our email blasts or Newsletters


With DDC Content Email Blast Advertising:

Run Time

# of emails

Price/ email

Total Charge


1 week


$4/ email



1 month


$1.50/ email



3 months


.85c/ email




Member Event Email Blast Advertising:

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Newsletter Advertising:


1 Month

3 Months (5% Discount)

6 Months (10% Discount)

12 Months (20% Discount)

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¾ Page





½ Page





¼ Page





Business Card





Classified (Free For Members)





Website Advertising:


6 Months $12/ mos

12 Months $9.5/mos    ($30 discount)

Web Box Ad



Show Program Advertising:


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½ Page

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Business Card






Vendor Space:


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Legacy Equestrian Center - 15 mins N of Frisco. Experienced staff, indoor w/ mirrors & 2 covered round pens. Premium grain and hay including alfalfa fed 3x daily. 500+ acres w/ trails, 30 acre pastures for group turnout, smaller turnouts for individuals.  Staff located on site w/ 24hr care & secured entrance.   Manager Randy Cavness 214-876-5310, or

HollyBarry Farm - small semi-private barn, south of Aubrey, TX.  12 x 12 stalls, cleaned daily, hay and grain 2x/day, 100 x 200 all weather sand arena with mirrors and lights, second lighted arena 100 x 100, 60 foot round pen, trailer parking, Full care $450/month.  Please visit: or call 940-365-9883

Falcon Equestrian Center - Full care boarding facility in Terrell TX, just 30 minutes east of Dallas.  Large outdoor arena 125' x 225' with jumps and lighted covered arena  90' x 180'.  48 stall facility with automatic flyspray system, wash racks, grooming stalls, several tack rooms and heated/air conditioned boarder lounge.  Gravel trailer parking,  daily turnout in small groups.  Oversize 12x24 stalls or stalls with attached runs available.  All barns and tack rooms have security cameras,  property is gated and staff lives on site. Dressage and eventing lessons and training available.  Board starts at $425/month.  for more information contact  Barbara 903-439-7717 or

Lime Ridge Farm (Kathy Knappitsch) in Fairview Texas is looking for a Dressage Trainer to move to our facility with clients and run the Boarding /Training operation...  LRF is a  lovely 30 Acre Equestrian Center (See LimeRIdgeFarm Website) located N.E. of Dallas. New Trainer would "lease"1/2 the facility including the 18,000 sq. ft. Olympic size covered Dressage Arena. For more information contact Kathy   972 841 8183


Cavalli Dressage—Now offering lessons and training from training level to PSG at Southern Comfort Farm in Aubrey, just north of Dallas. Limited openings available. Lighted indoor arena with mirrors, full size outdoor arena, excellent care, personalized instruction. Great learning environment. Go to or contact Janice Mauren, 214-621-8830.

 Lewis Equine Services - dressage and eventing  training/ lessons/showing. beginners thru FEI.  Limited school horses available. Lighted covered arena and large outdoor arena with jumps, individualized instruction tailored to your goals.  Barbara Lewis 903-439-7717

Lewis Horse Training- Jaclyn Lewis -  colt starting English or western,  and western dressage training/showing.  Young horse ground work and fitting.  Jaclyn 972-804-4449

Lime Ridge Farm Kathy Knappitsch, "L" Grad, USDF Bronze, Silver Medalist, is offering "Ride-A-Tests" at Lime Ridge Farm for individual Horse and Riders.  Haul you horse over to ride in our fabulous Olympic size covered indoor arena.  45 minute Test & Lesson: $55.00.  School horses available thru 2nd level: $75.00/lesson. Lime Ridge Farm is located in Fairview Texas, N.E. of Dallas.  291 Country Club Rd. Tel.  972 841 8183.



Windsong Elite Dressage Saddle #3 fit.  17” seat.  Excellent used condition $500.  Contact Melinda Lee at 951-719-5821

 Cleaning out tackroom! lots to sell: 18" wintec pro dressage, changeable gullets, good starter saddle- priced to sell $125. 18" Klimke dressage saddle, med tree, excellent condition, $1,000.  17 1/2" Lemke dressage saddle, med tree, excellent condition $750.  15" Crump childs hunt saddle $75  Barbara 903-439-7717


Volunteer Hours For Sale Need your volunteer hours for DDC Year-end Awards? Don't have the time to volunteer? Then purchase my hours.  4 hours for $100.  I have 16 hours available right now. Email to purchase your hours. I accept paypal. Or call at 903-588-3004


Payment must received for advertisements before newsletter goes to print.  Please make your check payable to the DDC and mail your payment to: Dallas Dressage Club c/o Doreen Cutts ,  2006 Vicksburg Drive, Sachse, TX  75048

Transitions is a publication of the Dallas Dressage Club, a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)3.   Subscription to Transitions is a benefit of DDC membership, through payment of annual dues. 

 DDC members are encouraged to submit articles and advertisements to in MS Word compatible format, *.pdf, *.gif, *.jpeg, *.raw or *.tiff file.  No Copyrighted material will be published without a waiver from the copyright holder.

Tom Thumb Sponsorship Program!

Help the DDC raise funds for our horse shows, clinics, and educational events at the grocery store! Link your Tom Thumb rewards card to DDC today!

Use this form to link your card to DDC. Our Non-Profit Organization number is7628

For more information visit the Tom Thumb Good Neighbor page or!

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