GVDS General Membership Meeting
Everyone is welcome, as it takes a village of dedicated volunteers, participants and interested individuals to share their great ideas and constructive feedback.
From our last meeting in November:
The latest from GVDS
Brought to you this month by
The Horse in Sport
You are cordially invited to the GVDS Awards Dinner and Holiday Celebration on Sat. Dec 4
It's time for us to celebrate the accomplishments of our members, share some holiday good cheer and enjoy a long overdue opportunity to spend time with friends, old and new.
The 2022 WDAA tests are here. View them now!
Sarah & Clayton Martin
Sarah & Clayton come regularly to the Montrose area. Their program emphasizes the systematic development of both horse and rider through an approach that blends the two worlds of Dressage and Natural Horsemanship in a natural fit of balance, harmony, and "horse sense." Motivated students, they both are constantly seeking education from many sources, and draw on their background with nearly every style of English and Western riding to help educate their students.
Sarah, a US Dressage Federation Gold Medalist and a member of the Faculty for the US Dressage Federation Trainer and Instructor program, has been teaching and training National and International level riders and their horses for over 30 years.
Clayton, a USDF Silver Medalist and a USDF Certified Instructor through 4th level, works with developing horses from green to Grand Prix in long lines as well as under saddle.
Information on upcoming clinics here, or contact Linda Chadwick-Wirth 970-773-1480
Upcoming Montrose dates:
Clayton - Oct 16 & 17
Sarah - Nov (TBD, weather depending)
For information on clinics with Dr. Gail Hoff, contact Stephanie Soule 970-201-0747
Dr. Gail Hoff comes regularly in the Grand Junction area. A dressage coach, author, and clinician, she is also:
a USEF Licensed: S Dressage Judge; R Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Judge; and R Western Dressage Judge
a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist with all medals earned on self-trained horses.
a PhD Biologist
The author of the Harmonic dressage books, Dr. Hoff believes that non-verbal communication between horse and rider is the most basic foundation of dressage and has developed the Harmonic Dressage® Learn Clear methodology for riding and training .
Karin Denny, MSc Biomechanics
“A sense of well-being with present moment awareness is the basis for leading a fulfilled life in pursuit of one’s heart desires.”
A lifelong athlete and 30-year ergonomic movement instructor, bodyworker & bio-mechanist, Karin Denny has a passion for supporting people & equines – in erasing unnecessary discomfort and struggles in their partnership on their path to success. As owner of Intrinsic Body Works she specializes in bodywork treatments alongside self-treatment plans and rider biomechanics analysis & solutions for equestrians and their four-legged partners.
Karin will help you uncover and address subconscious cause-and-effect relationships within your movements, postures, thoughts and beliefs, which is the first step in resolving them for you and your horse. Results are marked by resolution of: pain and discomfort; effects of trauma & injury; harmful compensatory patterns & inflammation; performance plateaus & blocks; signs of accelerated aging.
Karin offers two types of services for the equestrian community: ongoing series of Bodywork & Functional Movement Sessions, available both in her studio and via Zoom; and Biomechanics & Solutions Riding Sessions for you and your horse.
For information contact
Sue Martin, is a nationally-known dressage instructor and rider. Sue has been an instructor of many top riders, and has trained multiple horses to Grand Prix.
Sue gave a GVDS/USDF sponsored clinic in February which received rave reviews and requests for her return. Auditors were treated to an in depth look at training at all levels. (GVDS members can view the video of her Saturday night talk to the club.)
She returns on a regular basis, giving clinics for riders wishing to work on specific training goals for the individual horse and rider combination and auditors who enjoy being included in training discussions. Both western and English riders, are welcome.
For information on clinics with Sue Martin,
contact Judi DeVore 970-210-3418.
Oct. 14 - 16 View ride times
Being Confident in the Saddle is a Skill –
Not Solely Based on Knowledge & Experience
You can learn and practice 8 skills to
positively impact your riding & your life.
Oct 15 - 17
Roy Yates Training, Fruita CO
Barbra is a High-Performance Coach, cutting horse trainer, the author of four books, the publisher of video blogs and online programs, clinician, speaker, and an honoree in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. As a national cutting horse
competitor, Barbra was the first woman to win two legs of cutting's triple crown. She was awarded the National Female Equestrian of the Year Award by the AQHA and the Women's Sports Foundation. In 2020 she received the
American Horse Publications Equine Industry Vision Award for her positive impact across the horse industry. She is the host of the popular Podcast, THE BARBRA SCHULTE SHOW. https://barbraschulte.com/
View the clinic flyer for details
For more information contact Kelly Schultz