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  December 2015 NEWSLETTER  
Membership Renewals Open
Renew your membership now to take advantage of our limited-time $10 discount! Visit, log into your account, then click on the red renewal icon in the upper right-hand corner next to your name. If you need help navigating the renewal process, please reach out to our membership coordinator June Wheeler.

As a member of CSDEA, you are part of an active community of dressage and eventing riders. Whether you compete on a regular basis or haven't shown in years, you'll find a range of opportunities to grow as a horseperson. For more information on the programs your membership makes possible, visit the What We Do page at

2016 Omnibus - Accepting Showbills & Advertisements through December 15
The annual CSDEA Omnibus is a spiral-bound booklet containing valuable information about local recognized competitions, clinics, schooling shows, and other events for the upcoming year, plus area business listings and a member directory. It is printed and mailed in mid-February to all members, with additional mailings to late renewers/joiners throughout the year, as supplies last.

Visit our 2016 Omnibus page for information on how to submit your showbill or advertisement for publication, as well as feedback from our members about the importance of the publication.
Call for Von Bluecher Award Nominations
At our annual awards banquet (January 30, 2016), we will once again honor one of our outstanding volunteers with the Von Bluecher Award. This award recognizes and thanks volunteers who have given untold hours of their time over many years to support dressage and eventing in our area. If you know a volunteer who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty, this is the chance to thank him or her with a nomination for the 2015 Von Bluecher Award.

To nominate a volunteer, please provide the nominee’s name and a brief statement about why you are nominating them for the award. The nominees cannot be past winners or current elected board members and must be current members of CSDEA. Our winner will receive a traveling trophy and Lifetime Membership to CSDEA. Please send nominations to Sheri Pederson by December 31, 2015. Sheri can be reached at

Call for Silent Auction Donations
It's that time of year again! We are gearing up for our annual silent auction fundraiser, which will take place during our year-end awards banquet on January 30, 2016. Please consider making a donation or asking your favorite business to donate! Donations can be horse-related or not -- a fun or useful item or service you offer. Donations can be dropped off now through January 15 at St. Croix Saddlery or Stone Ridge Equestrian. For more information, see our 2016 CSDEA Awards Banquet and Silent Auction flier.

USEA Considers New Programs
Eventers, do you have feedback about the new programs currently being considered by the USEA? The unrecognized Beginner Novice - Assistance Allowed (BN-AA) division would allow a competitor’s coach to verbally assist him or her during any phase of a horse trials test. DX Eventing would establish a new combined test consisting of dressage and a derby -- a combination of show jumping and cross country.
Board member Rachael Walker will be attending the USEA convention December 2-6 as our CSDEA delegate. Please reach out to her at if you have any questions or feedback for her to bring forward during the convention.

Upcoming CSDEA Events
Jennifer Truett Dressage/Biomechanics Clinic - Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12 at the Leatherdale Equine Center in St. Paul, MN.  Online auditor registration is still open; walk-in auditor registration available at the door.
Year End Awards Banquet & Silent Auction - Saturday, January 30 at the Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater, MN.  Banquet registration now open online, and donations for the silent auction now being accepted at St. Croix Saddlery and Stone Ridge Equestrian.

Volunteer Opportunities
2016 Education Programs
Do you have ideas for clinics you'd like to see CSDEA sponsor in the coming year?  The education committee could use your input and assistance!  Contact committee chair Kelly Vallandingham at

Thank You Sponsors
  Anya-Maria Photography  
  Jacqurei Oaks Stables  
  Stone Ridge Equestrian  
Holiday Open House at Stone Ridge Equestrian
Friday, December 4th, 5-9:00p.m.
2073 W Wayzata Blvd, Long Lake, MN  55356 | 952-473-0546
From Stone Ridge Equestrian:
 It’s almost time for our annual Open House.  It’s our favorite event of the year as we love to celebrate with you – our wonderful customers.  Please join us to welcome the season of warm hearts, open minds and great friends.  We are filling the store with fabulous holiday gifts, functional clothing and yummy treats for your equine friends and family.  There will be lots of good eats, a glass of wine and friends to share it.

(20% off *everything in the store all day Friday and Saturday)
*some exceptions will apply
Nibbles and coffee served all day Friday & Saturday the 4th & 5th
Stop by for coffee and/or lunch

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