Mystic Valley Hunt Club
October 14, 15, and 16, 2016
by Karen Norton
The 2016 NRADC Team was a product of creative thinking for both the CT Dressage Association and the CT Dressage and Combined Training Association. Each Association had two members that wanted to ride on the team, so it was decided to have a combined team called the CDA/CDCTA Team. The team members were laughing that we should have been called the “Come-Back Kids” because each and every one of us had dealt with human and/or horse related issues during the past year!
Members from the CDA Association included Sherri Pasquale riding Zalani and Nicole Boutot riding Linus. Members of the CDCTA were Emily Wilson Garbo riding Moose on the Loose and Karen Norton riding Mystique! A special thank you to Linda Roche, who organized the team this year, for providing all the team members with a beautiful embroidered pad sporting the CDA/CDCTA Team logo! The team finished in a closely contested 3rd place. 2nd and 3rd place teams were very close and separated by a mere .05.
The 1st place team was ahead by about 1 point! All Teams were awarded two beautiful ribbons corresponding with the finish, one ribbon for the brow band and one ribbon to go around the horse's neck. Of course our ribbons were glorious yellow! In addition, we were awarded a beautiful embroidered wool quarter sheet for placing third.
All CDA/CDCTA Team members chose to do a Musical Freestyle, and all team members pinned individually. Additionally, Emily Wilson Garbo and Moose on the Loose finished in first place in the First Level Musical Freestyle on Sunday. Individually in the NRADC competition, Sherri finished in 3rd place, Emily finished in 4th place, Nicole finished in 9th place, and Karen finished in 10th place. Each individual was awarded an embroidered saddle pad, along with another set of two beautiful ribbons in the color appropriate to the finish. For the victory trot the CDA/CDCTA team each sported a 3rd place ribbon and individual placing ribbon on the brow band and matching ribbons around the horse's neck. We were a very festive and happy team. I highly recommend if you are an Adult Amateur that you consider riding on next year's team!
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