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A Judge's View from 'C'

A Symposium & Ride-a-test Clinic with Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez

USDF S Dressage and Western Dressage Judge 


April 15 & 16, 202 

Location: Stirrup Cup Farm, Delta, CO

Opening Date:  March 17, 2023     Closing Date: March 31, 2023 


Get Ready for the Show Season!

The new USDF tests are out for this year, and along with them a change in the Dressage Pyramid of Training. Join us for any or all of this two-day event with perennial favorite, Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez, to learn about the changes, watch riders, and ride your own test with the judge. (NOTE: Debbie will be the judge for our RMDS Summertime Warm-up, Summertime I show, and on the judging panel for the Summertime II show.)

Saturday's events kick off the weekend with a morning lecture/discussion with Debbie, followed by lunch, then an afternoon of demo rides at Stirrup Cup Farm.

9:00 - noon  During the morning session, Debbie will review the new tests and scoring methodology. You'll watch videos of various horses and learn how the movements are judged. You will see what the judges look for and how they determine scores.

12:15 - 1:00  Following the morning session, we'll move to Stirrup Cup Farm to enjoy a lunch, included in your Symposium fee.

1:00 - 4:00   Enjoy an afternoon of demo test rides from Training - Third Level, as Debbie provides an analysis of what she looks for as a judge and how the movements (and scores) could be improved.

9:00 - 4:30
  On Sunday, come out to audit or actively participate with a 30- minute time slot riding the new test of your choosing. Debbie will judge your test, give a critique of the ride, and explain how the new scoring methodology applies to you. Afterward, you can either re-ride the test to see if your score improves based on the critique, or opt for a short lesson to work on the elements that need improvement.

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Saturday Symposium
$25 GVDS/RMDS member/$30 non-member.
Price includes lunch.

Morning Lecture (9:00 - noon): 
USDA Service Center - 690 Industrial Blvd. Delta, CO

Lunch and Afternoon Rides (12:15 - 4:00):
Stirrup Cup Farm - 22507 E Rd. Delta, CO

Sunday Ride-a-test Clinic (9:00 - 4:30)
Stirrup Cup Farm - 22507 E Rd. Delta, CO

Ride-a-test participants: $50 per ride. Price includes lunch. (Note: All RIDERS must either be members of GVDS/RMDS or USDF.
Auditors: $25 GVDS/RMDS member/$30 non-member auditor fee. Price includes lunch. (Auditors do not have to be a member of GVDS/RMDS or USDF.)

This is a great time to join GVDS/RMDS to ride in the clinic or get member discounts for this and future RMDS events and shows.

This clinic is sponsored by Grand Valley Dressage Society and USDF

For more information, contact Judi DeVore.

GVDS would like to thank Mary Duke and Dusty Healey for donating the use of Stirrup Cup Farm for this event. This donation helped keep costs down for everyone, so be sure to thank them when you see them during the weekend!

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