Last modified: March 21 2015


NCDCTA News and Notes...
Junior Show Scholarships!

NCDCTA to offer junior scholarships at four shows this season!

In order to encourage juniors of all levels to take advantage of our state's competitive dressage environment, NCDCTA is pleased to offer scholarships to up to four junior riders (riders 18 and under as of December 31, 2015) at each of its four shows in 2015 . Each scholarship will cover the cost of four classes, one stall, and a shared tack stall. This application, due by the show's opening date, will be reviewed by a committee of NCDCTA board members. Applicants do not need to be NCDCTA members. Scholarship criteria include enthusiasm, thoughtfulness in application, and dedication to competition as part of ongoing education in dressage. Recipients will be responsible for the cost of classes beyond four, as well as the office fee, the USEF drug fee, and any other applicable fees, including but not limited to the USDF/GAIG qualifying fee and non-member fees. Decisions will be announced before the show's closing date.

  • NCDCTA Capital Dressage Classic
  • NCDCTA Summer Highland Fling (Prelude & Fling)
  • NCDCTA Labor of Love I & II
  • NCDCTA Harvest Moon Dressage

CLICK HERE for details and online application.
Congratulations to the 2014 HOY Winners!
Welcome to new Board Members:
VOTING will be done electronically:
from January 5 - January 15.

President: Lynn Kerin - Lynn Kerin and her husband Jon, own and operate Brookside Farm in Fuquay Varina, NC. Lynn graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pa. They have two daughters. Keni, the youngest rides and trains with Jules Nyssen. Lynn is an Adult Amatuer dressage rider. She recently retired her Hannoverian/Irish cross, Dummerston and is looking forward to riding with her new OTTB Maverick.

Vice President: Dana Taylor - Dana Taylor owns a private farm in Summerfield, where she lives with her husband Daryl and 17 year old son Gavin. She retired after 27 years as a police officer. During her career she served as a Patrol Lieutenant, criminal investigator and a school resource officer. She was elected to the North Carolina School Resource Association as the treasurer for four years, then remained on the board for 12 years as an ex-officio and is still an active ex-officio. Dana now teaches Basic Law Enforcement occasionally at the local community college. Dana is an adult amateur and received her bronze medal in 2012 riding her beloved Watson. Dana trains with her friend and coach Jeannie Karver and plans to pursue her silver medal in 2015.

Secretary: Kathy Gubar - Kathy Gubar of Apex is an active competitor and USDF L graduate. She and her husband Bob own RMG Satellite Productions, Inc. a full service video production company specializing in live multi-camera events for training and management meetings for our corporate clients plus awards ceremonies and other celebrations requiring image magnification. We also provide satellite teleconferencing and live webcast services both domestic and international. RMG has been delivering customized video production services to its clients since 1992. Kathy will be serving as NCDCTA liaison to the North Carolina Horse Council.

Treasurer: Lorraine Musselman - Lorraine Musselman has been involved with horses for over 40 years and has a degree in Equestrian Studies from Findlay College. She is a licensed CPA in the State of North Carolina and holds a MBA from Northeastern University. She is a self confessed Yankee transplant, having moved to North Carolina from Cambridge, MA after growing up in New York State. Lorraine and her partner, Lucille Ginsberg own and operate Cattolica Farm in Zebulon, NC. They hold several NCDCTA schooling shows and dressage clinics annually as well as provide horse laundry services. Lorraine rides dressage as an adult amateur on her home bred gelding, Flight Control, aka "Freddie". She and her husband, Paul live on the farm with their "kids" - all four legged - 4 dogs, 4 cats and 2 horses.

Member At Large 1: Karyn Becerra - Karyn Becerra started her first colt when she was seven, and began breaking colts professionally when she was fourteen. She has done barrel racing, trail riding, hunters, jumpers, endurance, and eventing. She was even a licensed jockey in Colorado. But dressage was Becerra’ true love (aside from husband, Mark). So in 1985, the couple moved to NC to be closer to the dressage world. Becerra now boards horses, teaches, and trains at their Iron Horse Farm in Zebulon. She works with kids and adults, horses and ponies, including Godfather, her 16.2-hand imported Oldenburg stallion, and Twinkletoes Tiara, a homebred Welsh Swedish pony mare who now competes at 3rd level. Becerra and Godfather made their Intermediaire I debut at the Capital Dressage Classic, scoring 60.79%; and worked with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel at the NCDCTA-sponsored symposium at the Hunt Horse Complex. (L.B.)

Member At Large 2: Laura Pendleton - Laura Pendleton lives in Raleigh with her husband, Gary, who is a member of the N.C. House of Representatives and is owner of Pendleton Financial which specializes in wealth management and estate planning. Laura serves as chief financial officer in this family business. They have two grown children and a spoiled yellow Labrador. Laura graduated from UNC – Chapel Hill as a dental hygienist and served as president of the NC Dental Hygienist Association. She currently is the dressage trainer and instructor at MacNair’s Country Acres. She has her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals and has recently started training her young horse, Flash. Laura began riding at an early age and has ridden and shown in barrel racing, pole bending, hunters and dressage. In her spare time, she can be found traveling, cooking, working in the yard, and reading.

Member At Large 3: Tammy Proctor - Tammy Proctor lives in Wilson with her husband Rick and their puppy Lily Grace. She is a graduate of Atlantic Christian College, a retired middle school teacher, and an adult amateur who has enjoyed training her horse, War Dancer, up the levels. She is currently working on third level and strives to earn her bronze medal in 2015.
(Members At Large in alphabetical order)
2015 Timex Eventing Series
Timex Series Spring 2015
3/15 Running Start
3/28 Hillcrest
5/10 CBES
6/14 CBES

Fall 2015
9/19 Hillcrest
9/? Running Start
10/11 CBES
11/8 CBES
Check Your Individual HOY Rides!

Now you can check your HOY points Online
You can check each individual ride.

No waiting until the last minute to correct errors!

You must log-in with your Last Name and NCDCTA # to view your current individual rides.
Questions/Corrections should be emailed to the Membership Secretary - ASAP.

Click HERE to view your Individual HOY Rides

Continuing Education Seminar - MFS
Your Music is Playing!

Grants for this USDF Program are funded by The Dressage Foundation's Edgar Hotz Judges' Fund.

Marilyn Heath, USDF 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, USEF ‘S’ Judge, USDF ‘L’ faculty, Bronze, Silver,and Gold medalist
Terry Ciotti Gallo, creator of award winning MFS through Klassic Kur , Member of both USDF Freestyle and Judges committees

Saturday, January 24, 2015.

Hilton Garden Inn, Durham, North Carolina. Special rates available.

Who’s Invited?
Anyone and everyone who wants to learn more about the artistic and technical aspects of the Muscial Freestyle, its choreography, degree of difficulty, music, and interpretation. Auditors welcome! USEF licensed judges, "L" program faculty, graduates, or candidates can register as a Participant. This is a USDF Continuing Education Freestyle Judging Course. University credit available.

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE or call Donna Kelly 336-643-7122
The results of the HOY vote were split nearly even between (1) the current system, and (2) rolling median split schooling / recognized. The current system won by a slim margin, so the HOY system will remain unchanged for 2015 and beyond, with the following exception: New minimum scores to earn HOY points: Intro – First Level: 60%, Second – Fourth level: 58% , FEI: 55%. All non-traditional tests will be counted as posted in the USEF Equivalency chart in the rulebook.

The Eventing HOY system will go back to a placings-based system for 2015, as directed by Eventing Chair Amanda Atkins and the NCDCTA Eventing committee. The points-based system was deemed unsatisfactory in bad weather or hard going, when time penalties were the norm.
Congrats to our Scholarship Winners!

Check out our fabulous Scholarship Winners ----

2014 Timex Eventing Series - Final Fall!
*Now offering Training Level*

DATE CHANGES: Running Start Horse Trials has moved to November 22 - and due to the conflict with TTC Horse Trials, both events will remain part of the 2014 Fall Times series, but competitors will receive DOUBLE TIMEX POINTS for these two events, because it’s impossible to compete in both. Note: The HOY year ends November 16, so the HOY points earned at these later events will count for 2015.

Spring Timex Events

Feburary 22 Running Start Horse Trials
March 15 Hillcrest Horse Trials
May 11 CBES Series Horse Trials
June 15 Lumber River Horse Trials

Fall Timex Events

August 23 Hillcrest Horse Trials
October 12 CBES Series Horse Trials
November 1 TTC Horse Trials
November 9 CBES Series Horse Trials
2014 Timex Series Final Spring Results
2014 Timex Series Final Fall Results
Thank You Martin County!

Big Thanks to Martin County Tourism Development Authority for a $1,000 sponsorship towards Dressage for Everyone in Eastern NC!

DRAWING FOR FREE SADDLE - again for 2014!
A semi-custom Black Country dressage or jumping saddle ($3k value) will be given away to the lucky winner. All first - third place NCDCTA Horse of the Year winners in Eventing (Novice and up) and Dressage (Second level and up) will be eligible for the drawing, to be held at the annual gala and awards banquet in 2015. Eligible members will have to opt-in to the drawing, affirming the saddle will be for personal use. Must be present to win. Register your horse NOW! Saddle is graciously donated by Brita Rizzi, certified, independent saddle fitter in Southern Pines,
Feed Southern States--Raise Money for NCDCTA

If you use Southern States horse feed then you can help raise money for NCDCTA.
Proofs of Purchases are found on the back-bottom of all Triple Crown, Reliance, and Legends horse feeds.
NCDCTA will receive:
  • 25 cents for Triple Crown and Legends Horse Feeds
  • 10 cents for Reliance Horse Feed
  • $10 per ton on deliveries of Legends abd Triple Crown pelleted feed
  • $4 per ton on bulk bin deiveries of Southern States pellets
Send your proof of purchases to:
Bridget Gibbons MacNair
2301 Richardson Rd
Apex, NC 27502