Celebrating the start of a new year
DSDCTA would like to welcome all of our new and renewing members. Because of your support, we begin another exciting and eventful year. DSDCTA would like to invite you to take an active role with your local chapters and the GMO. Your ideas, thoughts, and influence are what makes DSDCTA such a dynamic GMO. If you are new to DSDCTA and would like to know more visit DSDCTA.org. The website provides you with the current Membership guide, year-end award standings, upcoming events, news, and contacts for your local chapter and the GMO.  You can also find us on Facebook.
Submitting Scores
The 2018 show season is upon us, so here are a few key reminders. All score submissions must be sent to your Chapters Awards chairperson. Eligible scores must be earned from events judged by a USDF "L" graduate or higher. DSDCTA has separate divisions for schooling events and recognized events. Scores must include: name of show, date of show, horse’s name, rider’s name, score, and name of judge(s). CT and HT scores must also include any penalty points received. Scores are based on the Median Score and will be updated quarterly.

To verified your scores visit: dsdcta.org/?page_id=1359

DSDCTA Members dazzling on the Centerline
Halo began her days in St. Landry Parrish near Baton Rouge Louisiana. In August of 2016, that area of Louisiana was hit by historic flooding. Many horses drowned and many were evacuated to animal refuges in nearby states.

Halo was one of the fortunate horses that was found and evacuated to Alaqua Animal Refuge in Destin, FL. All refuges that provided shelter to evacuated horses were required to keep an up to date list of the animals in their care to aid in reuniting them with their owners. Halo waited for an entire year at the refuge in Destin for her owners to come claim her.

In August of 2017, I toured Alaqua Animal Refuge and decided to adopt two ponies that were abandoned due to the Louisiana Floods. Halo was one of those ponies! She is nervous of new people and it took me several weeks to gain her trust. We started her slowly and she quickly progressed under saddle.

Halo made her showing debut at a schooling show in December 2017, at Little Star Stables in Graceville, Florida. She preformed Intro Level Test A and B, where she rocked it. She received scores of 70 and 71 percent! I was so proud of what we accomplished as a team.

We attended Halo's first overnight and recognized USEF/USDF Dressage show February 10, 2018, at Canterbury Florida's Equestrian Show Place in Newberry, Florida. The weekend was highlighted with torrential rain and blustering wind. Though she carried a bit of tension throughout the weekend, she was a champion and won all three of our classes!

Our goal is to attend the National Dressage Pony Cup and qualify for USDF Regionals at Training Level. I am so excited to see what the future holds for this amazing pony

***story submitted by Sarah Mills. Sarah lives in Havana, Florida and is the trainer and manager of Iron Star Equestrian.
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