Warm weather has finally arrived in Massachusetts and with it Charles River Dressage Association has moved into full gear. CRDA is committed to growing the sport of dressage at the grass roots level by fostering involvement in local educational and show opportunities.

As part of their initiatives for 2014, CRDA is looking to grow their volunteer base and encourage participation in the dressage community on a multitude of levels. Volunteer opportunities exist in many forms and include assisting with the running of the association’s four schooling shows, developing unique and affordable clinic experiences, and the writing of helpful articles and content for publications and online assets.

CRDA volunteers share a passion for dressage!

CRDA volunteers share a passion for dressage!

Already, CRDA officers, board members and volunteers have come together to bring several successful events to the area:

On April 5th, they welcomed Grand Prix rider Jodi Pearson-Keating to instruct at this year’s spring clinic. An enthusiastic instructor with a genuine passion for teaching riders at every level, Jodi assisted each rider with the challenges they were looking to overcome as they think about the upcoming season. In addition to being a valuable educational resource, she is also an active CRDA member who shares the group’s commitment to the development of the sport.

Once again, CRDA treated members to a unique training opportunity over the weekend of April 26th and 27th. The annual camp inspired event brought two notable clinicians, Lynne Kimball-Davis and Samantha Williams, to Apple Knoll Farm in Millis where participants get to ride twice a day with each. This intensive program allows riders to gain some fresh perspectives on their riding and the chance to discover new solutions. The social bonds formed through the camp are also a valued part of the experience as noted by participant Carol Burkhart, “My goals for camp are to have fun and socialize with the other campers while getting some new tools to help my horse and I grow as a team.”

Riders got the chance to tune up and learn some new strategies at CRDA Adult Camp

Riders got the chance to tune up and learn some new strategies at CRDA Adult Camp

May 4th brought about the first of CRDA’s four schooling shows. Participants were treated to a beautiful spring day on which to perform their tests in one of the three regulation size dressage rings at the Apple Knoll Farm show grounds. The well-managed and orchestrated event went on without a hitch thanks to the tireless efforts of the CRDA show team and the dedicated volunteers. High point champions for the day were Grace Thames (JR/YR), Kerry Wall (AA) and Margie Flanagan (Open).

In the upcoming months, CRDA is looking to host many more events including a clinic with USDF silver medalist Katie Robicheaux on June 7th at Cutler Farm in Medfield and schooling shows will be held At Apple Knoll Farm in Millis on June 22nd, August 10th and October 5th. Planning has begun on a fall clinic with a clinician to be determined and CRDA looks to hold its annual awards banquet in connection with a member appreciation themed clinic in November. To participate, become a member or volunteer, please contact CRDA at or visit the web site at


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