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National Dressage Pony Rider Championships Fundraiser

Dear Fellow CDS Member:

My name is Eva Larsen and I’m 15 years old.  I’ve been given an amazing opportunity to ride a wonderful pony (‘Ari’) and train with Carolyn Adams at Yarra Yarra Ranch.

Ari and I are in the process of qualifying for the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) National Dressage Pony Rider Championships, held on June 12-15, 2014 in Gladstone, New Jersey.

On April 5 & 6, we rode our first FEI Pony qualifying tests at Rancho Murieta – for three FEI judges! – and did very well.  With those scores, we’re now among the top 12 pony/riders in the country, though we still need 4 more qualifying rides next month (at Starr Vaughan and Woodside)

Because I will turn 16 later this year, this will be my one-and-only chance to compete at the National Dressage Pony Rider Championships, and to be the West Coast’s first pony/ rider pair at the USEF Championships.

I’ve been working hard and saving money, but I still need help.  Attached is a flyer that shows my fundraising goal and how to support us.  I’m writing today to ask for your support in any amount you can give to help make our dream of competing on the national stage a reality.

This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not only would Ari and I be the very first pair from the West Coast to compete in the FEI Pony Division, we would also be the first pony/rider combination to represent California at the USEF Championships.

I hope I can use this opportunity to become a representative of the sport we love and a role model for other young girls who aspire to ride dressage. With a little help from people like you, they too might someday compete at the national level. Additionally, it’s my hope that Ari and I can serve as proud ambassadors for our region and for the FEI Pony Division.

Thank you so much for your consideration and support.


Eva Larsen (and Ari)


CDS Junior Clinic (North) 

The Chapter is pleased to announce that Marcy Morse won the drawing to be the rider in the upcoming CDS Junior Clinic with David Wightman. The following alternates were selected (in order):

  • MacKenzie Kelly
  • Nila Venkat
  • Alexa Kelly

The Northern clinic is a two day program at Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center in Elk Grove. David Wightman has a long list of accomplishments including being the 2009-10 Chef d’Equip for the Region 7 North American Young Riders National Team. David and his wife, Kathleen Raine, own Adventure Farms in Murrieta, CA.

2014 Heldenberg Grant

Adult Amateurs and Young Riders – Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Study at the Spanish Riding School!

The Dressage Foundation’s Heldenberg Training Center Fund, established in 2013 in memory of E.L. Dreitzler, offers grants for non-professionals (amateurs or young riders) to attend educational programs at the Spanish Riding School’s Heldenberg Training Center.
Non-professional riders who adhere to and can demonstrate classical dressage principles, no matter the level, are encouraged to apply.

Grant applications are due to The Dressage Foundation’s office by July 1st of each year and recipients will have up to two years to use the funds. Application forms and instructors are available at

If you have questions, please call The Dressage Foundation office at  (402) 434-8585. \