Lengthening Strides is the newsletter from the
Central New York Dressage & Combined Training Association. 
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C A L E N D A R   O F   E V E N T S
As our normal routines and expectations continue revolve around the restrictions placed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are saddened to be canceling our favorite spring events. At this time, we remain optimistic that we can pick up on some events before summer. We are complying with national organization recommendations and will not consider hosting any events before mid-May. We will keep you posted on the CNYD&CTA website and Facebook pages when we begin scheduling Show and Tells, shows, clinics and events.

Our Calendar of Events is posted on our website and we will keep this updated.

In the meantime, we’re here with some online recommendations!
CNYD&CTA is here for you!

As our day to day lives take a detour for a little while, USEF and USDF offer some great resources that can help you get your horse fix from home.

We've compiled a list of the online resources for you below ...


The USEF Network has On Demand viewing of past horse shows in a variety of disciplines.
USEF's Learning Center has a variety of videos ranging from tips on dealing with spooky horses, breed highlights, exercises for equestrians, to horse safety and welfare.
If you haven't done it already, it's a great time to get your Safe Sport training out of the way for the year! 

USDF has an official podcast if you want to listen in while you get some chores done around the house or barn.
USDF University gives you an opportunity to earn continuing education credits and gain some new knowledge. Certificates and diplomas are awarded yearly for those dedicated to continuing their Dressage education.
CNYD&CTA has some book recommendations for while you’re stuck at home and still itching to get that horse fix!
Compiled by Alex Belton
For fans of history…

Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse by Robin Hutton
*New York Times Bestseller!
She wasn't a horse—she was a Marine.
She might not have been much to look at—a small "Mongolian mare," they called her—but she came from racing stock, and had the blood of a champion. Much more than that, Reckless became a war hero—in fact, she became a combat Marine, earning staff sergeant's stripes before her retirement to Camp Pendleton. This once famous horse, recognized as late as 1997 by Life Magazine as one of America's greatest heroes—the greatest war horse in American history, in fact—has unfortunately now been largely forgotten. But author Robin Hutton is set to change all that. Not only has she been the force behind recognizing Reckless with a monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and at Camp Pendleton, but she has now recorded the full story of this four-legged war hero who hauled ammunition to embattled Marines and inspired them with her relentless, and reckless, courage.

For fans of romance and polo…
Nacho Figueras Presents: High Season (Polo Season Book 1) by Jessica Whitman
World-renowned polo player and global face of Ralph Lauren, Nacho Figueras dives into the world of scandal and seduction with a new fiction series set in the glamorous, treacherous world of high-stakes polo competition.
Georgia never wanted to be a jet-setter. A plain old country vet was fine for her. But one distress call from her best friend and the next thing she knows she's neck deep in the world of polo's most elite international players--complete with designer dresses, fine champagne and some of the most gorgeous thoroughbreds she's ever seen. Some of the most gorgeous men too...
Alejandro Del Campo needs his team to win the season's biggest polo tournament or else he's not sure how much longer they're going to be in business. What he doesn't need is some sassy new vet telling him how to run his business--and distracting him at every turn. But as they come closer and closer to the championship match, it soon becomes clear that Alejandro wants to win Georgia just as much as the tourney trophy. But can he ever convince her his world is where she truly belongs?
Also in the Polo Season Series:
  • Wild One (Polo Season Book 2)
  • Ride Free (Polo Season Book 3)

Read about the true Dressage queen herself…
The Girl on the Dancing Horse: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro by Charlotte Dujardin
Charlotte Dujardin and her charismatic horse Valegro burst onto the international sports scene with their record–breaking performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The world was captivated by the young woman with the dazzling smile and her dancing horse. The YouTube clip of their Freestyle performance has since had over 1.7 million views, and Dujardin is considered the dominant dressage rider of her era. When Valegro (affectionately called “Blueberry”) retired from competition at the end of 2016, his farewell performance at the Olympia Grand Hall sold out and the dark bay gelding received a standing ovation.
Dujardin began riding horses at the age of two, but dressage was the domain of the rich–not the life a girl from a middleclass family was born into. Her parents sacrificed to give her as many opportunities as they could, and she left school at 16 to focus on equestrian competition. It was at 22, when she was invited to be a groom for British Olympian Carl Hester, that she met the equine partner that would change her fortune.
This is the story of an outsider, an unconventional horse, and the incredible bond that took them to the top.

Learn about equine anatomy…
The Dressage Horse Optimized: With the Masterson Method by Jim Masterson and Coralie Hughes
Welcome to Dressage like you've never seen it before! In this fascinating and highly illustrated book, Jim Masterson - creator of the Masterson Method - works with a crack team of experts to demonstrate the unique demands put on the physiology of the modern Dressage horse and how this affects his training. He explains what riders can do to improve the horse's ability to perform the movements required at different levels using the acclaimed Masterson Method.

For the horse-crazy kids…
Wild Thing (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 1) by Dandi Daley Mackall
Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis has a way with horses. She can gentle the wildest mare, but other parts of her life don't always come as easily. Along with her dad and sister, Lizzy, Winnie is learning how to live without her mom, who was also a natural horse gentler. As Winnie teaches her horses about unconditional love and blind trust, God shows Winnie that he can be trusted too. Readers will be hooked on the series' vivid characters, whose quirky personalities fill Winnie's life with friendship and adventure.
In #1 Wild Thing, Winnie's fearful heart finally begins to trust God again as she tries to gentle the horse of her dreams, Wild Thing.

Also in the Winnie the Horse Gentler Series:
  • Eager Star (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 2)
  • Bold Beauty (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 3)
  • Midnight Mystery (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 4)
  • Unhappy Appy (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 5)
  • Gift Horse (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 6)
  • Friendly Foal (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 7)
  • Buckskin Bandit (Winnie the Horse Gentler Book 8)

Wild Blue: The Story of a Mustang Appaloosa (The Breyer Horse Collection Book 1) by Annie Wedekind
Among a patterned herd of wild Appaloosa mustangs running free in the Idaho wilderness lives Blue, a spirited filly the color of rain. Surrounded by her family, including her gentle sister Doe, and protected by her father, the band stallion, Blue lives a life both harsh and beautiful in the rugged terrain of an undiscovered habitat.
That all changes, though, when Blue and Doe are captured by rogue cowboys, setting in motion a chain of events that threatens the very survival of their hidden, secret herd.

Also in The Breyer Horse Collection Series:
  • Little Prince: The Story of a Shetland Pony (The Breyer Horse Collection Book 2)
  • Samirah's Ride: The Story of an Arabian Filly (The Breyer Horse Collection Book 3)
  • Mercury's Flight: The Story of a Lipizzaner Stallion (The Breyer Horse Collection Book 4)
Following are CNYD&CTAs income statement and analysis, prepared by CNYD&CTA Treasurer Brianna Adams:
CNYD&CTA Income Statement 2018-19
CNYD&CTA 2019 Budget
CNYD&CTA events are made possible
through the contributions of our volunteers.
Thank you to all our generous sponsors and to those who donate to our year-end awards silent auction! Click on a logo and explore our sponsors' webpages.


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