Founding and some history.
Conceived in 2006, by several local dressage enthusiasts looking for a group to host quality clinics with upper level instructors, French Creek Dressage Association was incorporated in 2007. The founding members of the club are listed below. We are very thankful for their efforts and organization.
The first shows were held in 2007, with an Awards Banquet held in January of 2008.
In 2010, the club joined the British Riding Clubs, and twinned with Polnoon Castle Riders in Scotland. An invitation to attend the 50th Anniversary Celebration of our sister club led to FCEA's first international competition in 2011.
Since the meaning of "Dressage" is "training", the club has always looked for instruction across many of the equestrian disciplines. This was the impetus for the name change which was initiated in 2012, and finialized in 2013.
In 2014, we focused on our mission:
FCEA is dedicated to promoting proper equine management and horsemanship through quality education provided to the interested general public and the membership in the form of clinics, events, seminars, and horse shows.
The results of that focus, were evident in our USDF GMO year end awards.
Small GMO - General Interest, Newsletter - Kelly Beaver received a first place plaque for General Interest article for "Finding Inspiration",
Small GMO - First Person Article, Newsletter - Louise Jordan-Beam received second place honorable mention for her scholarship article "You're Only Fifty Once".
Small GMO - Best User Experience, Website - First place.
In 2015, we have added shows back to our schedule of events. The educational seminars are in full swing, and we are looking forward to sharing the learning.
FCEA hosted several educational seminars, clinics with George Williams, Sylva Martin, and Aaron England, three dressage shows & two combined test, and two fundraisers in 2015. The fall Paper Chase was expanded to include a Judged Trail Ride, and bomb proofing as a preparation for the event.
At the USDF Annual Convention, FCEA received recognition for the following GMO awards:
Small GMO - Photography, Newsletter - First Place for the glass horse head photo from the 2014 banquet, taken by Fay Seltzer
Small GMO - First Person Article, Newsletter - Linda Otto received second place honorable mention for her article in the "Feed Back from the George Williams Clinic",
"Check This Off My Bucket List"
Gold Founding Members
Richard Ellis, Laurie Higgins, Sue Springsteen, Courtney Sarge, Ange Bean, Sally Just, Riannon Walsh, Cheryl Kowba, Richard Close, Vicki Sher
Julie Kulp-Martin, Ashley Stewart, Mary Ann Hammond, Dana Ceribelli, Claudia Radcliffe, Barbara Possessky, Abigail Lipow, Cynthia King, Michelle Thomas, Sara Hammond, Alexandra Petyk, Elizabeth Meigs, Mario Rafalin, Roberta Weiss, Cindy Gallagher, Cherie Gaebel, John Dunn, Valdosta Lundy, Debbie Davis, Stacie Shaner, Melissa Mendenhall, Susan Smith, Louise Jordan-Beam, Donna Scott, Susan Haas, Donna Delany, Kathryn Kruemmling, Paula Byrum, Donna Carlson, Susan Amsterdam, Karen DeJarnett
April 23 @ Journey's End
May 21 @ Journey's End
June 25 @ Journey's End
Sept 17 @ Ironstone
Oct 8 @ Journey's End
April 1&2 - Silva Martin
April 8&9 - Foster Zeh
May 13/14 - Foster Zeh #2
Aug 12/13 - Foster Zeh #3
Sept 9&10 - George Williams
Tues., July 18***
Tues., Sep 5
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Contact Louise to learn more about competing internationally.
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