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GVDS serves the classical (English) and western dressage community on the Western Slope of Colorado.

Our calendar is full throughout the year with educational programs, shows, and clinics.

Learning about our sport can be a lifetime endeavor - and fun to boot!

Join the club. Volunteer. Be a sponsor. Come to an event.

 "The object of dressage is the development of the horse into a happy athlete through harmonious education."
-Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI)

GVDS Bits of News

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07/10/2024
Meet Bristol our GVDS Youth Scholarship Recipient
07/10/2024
Meet Sienna our GVDS Youth Scholarship Recipient
07/10/2024
Meet Annalise our GVDS Youth Scholarship Recipient
07/10/2024
Solve Your Bit Fitting Problems
06/21/2024
Important Decisions That YOU Need To Know
06/21/2024
Last Call For "Solving The Bit Fitting Mystery" Clinic
06/13/2024
The GVDS Marketplace is live!
06/12/2024
Important Date Change for the October Schooling Show!
06/11/2024
Grand Valley Horse Rescue Announces A New Online Show!
06/03/2024
Show Results and High Point Awards are posted!
05/30/2024
Ride Times for the Summertime Shows are here!
05/28/2024
The Summertime Shows Are Just Days Away
05/28/2024
Local Member Is Hosting An Online Benefit Horse Show
05/28/2024
And the FINAL Answer for the 2025 Shows Is…..
05/28/2024
Upcoming Events

ReadMore!/gvds-news

05/28/2024
Ride-A-Tests and Online Horse Show Videotaping Available In The Show Arena
05/28/2024
And Speaking Of Darby Savoca....
05/14/2024
It's Almost Time For the Biggest Shows of the Year for GVDS!
05/14/2024
Thinking About A Scholarship For 2025?
05/10/2024
The National Dressage Pony Cup ribbons have arrived!
05/02/2024
GVDS Youth Camp - Sign Up Now!
05/01/2024
SOLVING THE BIT FITTING MYSTERY
05/01/2024
Get Your Horse Out of His (Sand) Box At The Cavaletti Play Day
05/01/2024
Help Wanted - We Need An EMT Trained Volunteer!
04/29/2024
Losing Another Key Volunteer
04/26/2024
Whew, We Did It!
04/17/2024
Goodbye to Scribe Extraordinaire, Amber Benson
04/10/2024
Does Your Horse Have A Microchip?
04/03/2024
New RMDS Scholarship Sponsored By GVDS Members
04/02/2024
Pony and Small Horse Measurements
04/02/2024
Get Your Dressage Teams Organized!
04/01/2024
Last Call For April Shows

Upcoming Events

Oct
9-10
Oct
9-10
 Judge Kathy Simard, USDF “L” Judge with Distinction.WDACO approved.
- Judge Kathy Simard, USDF “L” Judge with Distinction
Location: Mesa County Fairgrounds, Grand Junction.
Oct
9-10
Oct
9-10
 Judge Kathy Simard, USDF “L” Judge with Distinction.WDACO approved.
- Judge Kathy Simard, USDF “L” Judge with Distinction
Location: Mesa County Fairgrounds, Grand Junction.
Oct
9-10
Oct
9-10
 Judge Kathy Simard, USDF “L” Judge with Distinction.WDACO approved.
- Judge Kathy Simard, USDF “L” Judge with Distinction
Location: Mesa County Fairgrounds, Grand Junction.
Jun
17
GVDS Business Meeting

Everyone is welcome, as it takes a village of dedicated volunteers, participants and interested individuals to share their great ideas and constructive feedback.  We hope you will review the adgenda and minutes and join the meeting via Zoom.

You will find the Zoom Link in the member area.  

Location: Zoom

Jul
29 - 30
Solving the Bit Fitting Mystery

SOLVING THE BIT FITTING MYSTERY

  • Is your horse heavy in the contact, afraid of the contact, chewing the bit too vigorously,having tension,   tongue or mouth issues?

  • Have you purchased a bit or bridle thinking it would be the perfect answer to your horse’s

  • Problems only to discover it’s worse than the original tack and now you are stuck with it?

  • Ever wished you could try on a multitude of bit or bridle options to see which your horse

  • prefers without having to purchase them all?

THIS IS THE CLINIC FOR YOU!

International rider and trainer, Kim Gentry from Bits and Such will be at Roy Yates Horse

Training in Fruita, CO on July 29 and 30 with a huge selection of bit and bridle options to try.

Prior to trying out options, Kim also will do a mouth analysis on each horse to identify issues

that may be creating bit-fitting problems. This is a great educational opportunity to learn proper

bit fitting, even if you are not currently having bitting issues with your horse.

More information and sign up here:

Location: Roy Yates Training Center 2033 J Rd. Fruita, CO 81507

Aug
16 - 17
Sue Martin Clinic

Opening Date:  July 20, 2024.                  Closing Date:  July 30, 2024


Sue Martin, is a nationally-known and well-respected dressage instructor and rider, 

having trained multiple horses through the FEI levels and to Grand Prix. Sue is an

experienced Grand Prix competitor, qualifying and competing 3 times at the National

Dressage Championships and Festival of Champions. She has been the instructor of

multiple top riders, and communicates effectively with riders at all levels and with

horses of all types.

This clinic is for riders wishing to work on specific training goals and each lesson is

tailored to the individual horse and rider combination.

Auditors can enjoy audience participation in training discussions.

Both western and traditional dressage riders, are welcome. 

Auditors participate for free.

Location: DuBois Ranch · 405 Mid Valley Drive · Newcastle, CO

Aug
24 - 25
Schooling Show II

English and Western Dressage classes.

Judge: Michelle Combs "r" & "R" - WDAA,WDACO,AQHA-Western


Opening Date:  July 20

Closing Date:    July 30

Location: Mesa County Fairgrounds

GVDS member meetings: ONLINE

 

The club generally meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.  

Meetings are currently being done through Zoom to maintain  social distancing.  If you wish to attend, email Karen Harkin kharkin@gvds.org at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to receive the link to log in. 

Current members can access the meeting link here.

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