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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)

The latest from GVDS

Congratulations to GVDS and RMDS Year End Award Winners.  

Upcoming Events


Grand Valley Dressage Society (GVDS) wants to help mitigate these scenarios from happening to you.  Before you join every dressage organization there is, spend an hour with GVDS via Zoom learning about the various memberships available, what is required depending on specific plans and goals, and how to maximize the memberships you have.  Think about what memberships you need to help you accomplish your equestrian plan.

Location: Zoom
GVDS Monthly Membership Meeting

GVDS Monthly Membership Meeting

Location: Zoom
RMDS New Rules Session 6:30pm

2024 New Rules Session Tuesday, February 20, 2024 6:30 p.m.   

Zoom Meeting! Must sign up to get Zoom call information No Charge. Email your request to   Heather Petersen will be the Presenter  

  • Interested in learning about Dressage competition rules as an exhibitor?    

  • Valuable information for Show managers and riders.

  • Excellent opportunity to learn current and NEW requirements for 2024 

The top 3 reasons to attend: 

1. Never get eliminated for using illegal tack 

2. Yes, you can learn about the newest rules 

3. How to be prepared to compete 

Location: Zoom
Open Ride 1-3 PM

First Open Ride of  2024 from 1-3PM!

Come out and enjoy an nice dry arena in the company of other GVDS members.  Use this opportunity  to work your horse, have a lesson, work on the lunge or in hand!

Would you like to host this event?

This is an easy way to earn your two volunteer hours early in the year.  If you can volunteer, please contact Karen Harkin and she will give you the details on the hosting duties.

Location: Mesa County Fairgrounds
The Jec Ballou Winter Fitness Program

Do any of these apply to you and your horse?

The weather is preventing you from riding and keeping your horse from losing condition during the winter months.

  • You are looking for new routines to cross-train your horse.

  • You want a plan for working with your horse on the ground or in the saddle that is simple to follow, fun to perform, and at the same time improves your equine’s strength and agility.

  • Your horse is recovering from an injury and you want a rehabilitation plan to follow to prevent a recurrent injury.

Then this Zoom Program is for you!    

Location: Zoom

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 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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