Valiosa received her first award over the weekend.
Our chapter of CDS (California Dressage Society.) is active and good-sized, even with two other chapters close by. It’s a good group, and in 2017 I’ll be stepping it up even more with my time and getting involved at board meetings.
At this years Foothills Chapter Year-End Holiday Party and Awards night, Valiosa surprised by nabbing the High Point.
I somehow ended up competing as Open Division (Gasp!) and felt I needed to return her award. (Seriously – there’s nothing Pro about the riding, I’m all Adult Amateur.) But, nope, she keeps the award, and now has this beautiful plaque and soft padded leather halter with nameplate.
Of the shows I rode her in this year, only two of them were rated through USDF/USEF. We have limited resources to even get off the property, and I do most of our training on my own.
It’s a very backward set-up to get to play in dressage at all, but we still do it and have fun!
So rewarding to have her recognized for the work we’ve done together.
Just pointing out that it can still happen!
If I can do this – so can you!