Group Member Organizations (GMOs) are the foundation of USDF and integral in bringing dressage and dressage education to the masses. Stay connected with your local dressage community and support dressage at the local level by joining a GMO in your area today! Tell us
USDF GMO Established: 1994
Locality: Region 2, Ohio
How many members does your GMO have annually, on average? 100 members Tell us about your GMO.
Classical Attraction Dressage Society (CADS), has a unique place in the equine community. We are really proud of being able to provide a helping hand to those just starting out on the dressage journey. We love having riders and horses, of all training levels, come and learn with us. We have made a point of encouraging students from 4H and Pony Club, and those riders who are just starting their long held dreams of riding and competing in dressage. Trainers who want to give their young horses a positive experience in the show ring also come and show with us. We still have a large number of past presidents active in the club, as well as members who have been showing with us for over 20 years. One of our recent changes has been hosting a PINK show, once a season. It started as a crazy idea in the warm-up arena, when most of the riders had pink shirts on. The numbers show that one in eight women will deal with breast cancer in their lives. As most of our riders are women, we knew a large number of them would either deal with, or have dealt with, the disease. Within two months, we held our first PINK show. Each rider was allowed to dress themselves, and their horse, in as much pink as they wanted. By making a donation, they could show like this all day! One of the other events taking place that day was a basket raffle. All the funds raised from the raffle and dressing in pink went to the Stephanie Spielman Patients Assistance fund, at the James Cancer Center at Ohio State University.
Does your GMO offer unique classes or activities that cater to youth, adult amateurs, or professionals? If so, please provide a brief description.
Our group was started to encourage both youth and adult amateur riders in the area. We still carry this on today. We make sure to hold shows, so that our 4H riders will be able to get the scores they need to compete with other riders from across the state, at our state fair. We have also started a youth scholarship program. The youth need to declare for the program before the first show. The criteria for the award are to shadow both a scribe and a trainer, for an hour each. The trainer has to be one other than their own. They need to participate in half of our shows, work eight volunteer hours, and then write a paper on their experience. They will then be interviewed by the scholarship committee. There will be three winners who will receive a $300 scholarship, one from each age group; 10-12, 13-15, 16-18.
What type of educational events does your GMO offer?
We have offered clinics to work on rider biomechanics. We also hold ride-a-test clinics before the start of the show season. With the new tests coming in 2019, we are planning an afternoon watching the videos and discussing the changes in the tests.
What type of “fun” events does your GMO offer?
With the start of our new venture at Brecksville Stables, we have plans to hold afternoon trail rides with a pot luck meal after the ride. We also plan on having open riding during the winter, for those who don’t have an indoor arena. We’re also looking into having game days during the winter, both with and without horses!
On August 1, 2018, CADS entered into a new partnership with the Cleveland Metro Parks, to give new life and purpose to Brecksville Stables, in the Brecksville Reservation. The stables have been part of the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland. This park system runs from the east side to the west side of Cleveland, and includes hiking, biking, and picnic areas, as well as equestrian trails. By starting this project, we can continue to hold equine events that will be open to the public, and introduce riding to people who may never have been around horses. When the announcement of this venture was put out to the public, the response was overwhelming. Riders are thrilled that the rich history will continue, and that the facility will encourage and nurture all ages of riders and all styles of riding. We look forward to being involved in this next chapter of a well-loved local riding spot.