Record-Breaking Great American/USDF Region 7 & California Dressage Society Championship Show Set To Begin

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Every year the California Dressage Society (CDS) Annual Championship Show is a “can’t miss” event as the largest dressage show on the West Coast. But this year’s edition being held September 29-October 2 is shattering all previous participation records as an astonishing 370 horses will gather this week at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Competition will be intense in huge classes held across four days and six rings of non-stop championship action, all coupled with a festive atmosphere, complimentary hospitality, shopping, activities, entertainment and camaraderie that can only be found in this special setting.

“After 49 years, it’s amazing that this championship show just gets better and better every single year,” said longtime organizer Glenda McElroy. “We’ve hosted record-setting editions before, but this one takes the cake by far. We’re seeing a level of excitement I haven’t seen before, and it’s wonderful for the sport. This show has become a destination event for riders here on the West Coast, and our show staff and volunteers will be working nonstop this week to help ensure that everyone has a wonderful experience here at the Championships.”

Catherine Chamberlain of Temecula, Cal. is no stranger to international competition and national accolades, but the CDS Championship Show dates have been circled on her calendar all year, where she will compete with four horses from Training Level to Intermediaire I. “What I love about the CDS Championships is seeing so many of the top horses and riders that California has to offer, all coming together to put on a great show,” Chamberlain explained. “California is an incredible mecca for the

Catherine Chamberlain will be one of a record number of competitors riding down centerline at this week’s Great American/USDF Region 7 & CDS Championship Show in Burbank, Cal.  Photo: Annie Chamberlain

Catherine Chamberlain will be one of a record number of competitors riding down centerline at this week’s Great American/USDF Region 7 & CDS Championship Show in Burbank, Cal. Photo: Annie Chamberlain

sport of dressage and the quality of horses and riders that we have here is superb. I am always so motivated when I get the chance to compete at a show like this because I feel that it really brings out the best in everyone. This will also be my first Championships competing as an Open rider instead of a Junior/Young Rider, so I’m very excited for the challenge ahead. I’ve grown up watching and being inspired by several of these riders; they were my idols growing up in the equestrian community, so being able to compete with them is an honor and I’m really looking forward to a fun week.”

Among its many competitive and educational programs for members, the California Dressage Society offers one of the largest and most lucrative championship events in the nation. A multitude of CDS Horse of the Year championship titles and cherished perpetual trophies will once again be presented at all levels from Training to Grand Prix and for open, adult amateur, & junior/young riders, including tens of thousands of dollars in prize money and awards. This year’s CDS Championship Show welcomes hundreds of competitors who earned qualifying scores via an expansive network of local CDS and licensed USEF/USDF shows up and down the West Coast, as well as through the CDS Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC) program and the CDS Junior/Young Rider Championship shows. 

In addition, this year’s CDS Championship Show will once again feature the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 Championships as well as the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeders Championships West Coast Series Final. Declared horses and riders participating in the Region 7 Championship classes can earn an invitation to the U.S. Dressage Finals in Lexington, Ky. in November, a nationwide showcase for open and adult amateur riders across all levels of competition, where California competitors have earned national titles for the last three years. To date, an impressive 135 Region 7 horse/rider combinations have declared for this year’s Finals and their chance to be written into the history books, and Chamberlain hopes to be one of them.

“Yes, I did declare for the US Dressage Finals this year,” she noted. “I always like to have all of my options open and be prepared so that we can evaluate what our plans will be for the fall and winter. I think it’s great that USDF is really trying to build up dressage in America and I feel that having the US Dressage Finals is a great way to give people motivation to improve and a goal to work towards. It’s also really nice that Adult Amateurs now have their own National Championships since they are the foundation of our sport and deserve to be recognized for their hard work. Overall, I’m very excited about the growth of our programs that USDF has worked for over the past few years and I believe that this is a huge aspect of how we can become more competitive with the European nations.”

Another highlight of the championship weekend will be the popular CDS/Interactive Mortgage $20,000 Young Horse Futurity and the unique Cal-Bred Futurity, where Chamberlain will present Jane Hayes’ four-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Don Armstrong. With more than 60 entries this year across open and adult amateur divisions, this special showcase for four, five, and six-year-olds is a perennial highlight of the CDS Championship Show and has grown to become the largest regional young horse program in the country. “I feel that the focus for young horses shouldn’t be about winning or huge scores, but to allow them to gain experience and confidence in themselves and their rider, and having a regional Futurity like this close to home is a great way to do that,” said Chamberlain. “It exposes them to a bigger atmosphere, and it also allows us to receive feedback from the judges who know they are evaluating youngsters and can therefore give guidance on areas to work on to create a willing athlete moving forward for the future.”

Be a part of the excitement – for complete information about the California Dressage Society Championship Show, including news, schedules, ride times, and results, visit the CDS website and follow along with behind-the-scenes updates and photos on the CDS Facebook page.

The California Dressage Society would like to thank the many generous sponsors who help make the CDS Championship Show possible, including Interactive Mortgage; E-Z UP Instant Shelters; Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd.; Keenridge Dressage;; Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center/Tom & Kathy Pavlich; Jane Ewer Dressage; Equine Insurance; Auburn Labs; Elma Garcia Films; Frisone Family Foundation – Robert and Caron Frisone; Kristen Aggers Dressage – Sue Martin Dressage; Adventure Farms; Sarah Lockman Dressage; KEFA Performance Horses/Remember the Horses LLC; Johnny Ruth Harrison/Jane Arrasmith Dressage at Iron Horse Ranch; Villa Rosa Dressage; WHY Ranch – White Horse Youth Ranch; Mount St John; Jenifer Luce-Zakhary/Precision Farms; Katie Hoefs-Martin Dressage/Etalon Diagnostics; Anne Howard/Liquid BioCell; Dressage Unlimited; Luitpold Animal Health, makers of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan); Odysseo by Cavalia; Leslie Webb Dressage; Las Vegas Chapter; Temecula Chapter; Inland Communities Chapter; San Juan Capistrano Chapter; San Luis Obispo Chapter; and Paula Paglia Dressage.


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