Meet your GDCTA Officers
I have been riding for 46 years with the last 6 years in Dressage. Currently I own 3 horses, Anteya and Dream Prince aka “Kiddo” both retired and Solant who will hopefully be showing FEI in 2011. I was manager and buyer for Tack Tavern for over 81/2 years and for the past 4 years have been the Finance Director for Troncalli Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Cumming. I was also the treasurer for the GA Arabian Assoc. for 4 years. During my tenure of the past 3 years on the board I was the chairperson for Horse Show Recognition, Insurance and the Awards Gala. Together with June Brewer we organized the Gil Merrick Seminar and I also proposed and managed the 2009 & 2010 D&CT schooling shows at Wills Park.
My goals for GDCTA are: A series of 3 schooling shows with a high point champion for the best 2 out of 3 of this series in 2011. I would also like to continue the success of the previous Award Galas and with the involvement of the general membership, plan more educational seminars and junior activities. I have worked very hard for GDCTA the last 3 years and would love to continue as your President. Contact Caren at 770-713-4025 or by email.
Since 1997, Julie Shannon has been the Owner/Trainer at Shannondale Farm in Milton. Previously GDCTA’s treasurer in the 90’s, She is currently a general board member serving as chairperson for education. Julie requested and received a grant for GDCTA from the Dressage Foundation for “the Judge’s Perspective” clinic series. These clinics are already scheduled to continue throughout 2011. She promotes educational opportunities for dressage enthusiasts by hosting USDF young rider clinics, the USDF “L” Program, and wellness clinics for the equestrian athlete. Shannondale Farm brings in notable equestrians such as George Williams, Debbie McDonald, Scott Hassler, and Gary Rockwell. Many of these clinics are sponsored or hosted by GDCTA. As VP of Dressage, she will continue to encourage educational programs throughout our membership, search for grant money to promote the club’s activities, as well as work with others to make sure there is something to offer all of GDCTA’s members. Contact Julie at 770-569-9555 or by email.
Peri has been the VP of Eventing for GDCTA for 3 years. While not born into a horsey family, horse was her first word! She is an avid eventer at heart, but has a strong thirst for dressage as well. Personal goals include completing a Training 3-Day (long format or half-star) in eventing and a Bronze Medal in dressage. For GDCTA goals, she would be looking to increase the amount of eventing interest in the association through clinics, kudzu klinics, schooling shows and other avenues. Peri and her husband, George, compete at both recognized eventing and dressage shows in Area III. They live on a small horse farm with 3 horses, 2 dogs and 2 cats. George’s daughter, Carly, was raised in the Quarter Horse world, competes in All-Around English and Western- is super in pattern classes- and is currently in her second year at UGA and on the Equestrian Team. Contact Peri at 678-372-4105 or by email.
Liz has functioned in almost every aspect of GDCTA’s events and is currently Corresponding Secretary, Membership Chairperson and Volunteer Coordinator. As one of the larger USDF GMO’s, she would like to see the excellent standards of shows, events, clinics, and symposiums held by GDCTA to continue to benefit everyone and welcomes the participation of all members. Contact Liz at 770-921-3848 or email.
A past president, Don has served GDCTA in various capacities, most recently as Treasurer. He has seen his goal of yearly monetary grants for members come to fruition and would like to have GDCTA fund more grants in the future. Don additionally functions as newsletter editor and has strived to make “Collected Remarks” a premier publication. Contact Don at 770-921-3848 or by email.
A member of GDCTA for 12 years, she is currently a member of the Gala Awards Committee and has served in the past at the Gala Awards and scribed for schooling shows. She began riding as a child and as an adult, became interested in eventing-schooling Beginner Novice. For a short period of time also took some clinics in Combined Driving, even convinced my eventing mare to pull a cart! But now I’m focusing on Dressage. Currently showing 2nd Level Adult Amateur and am trying to progress through the levels-although I’m facing a task that many Adult Amateurs experience-make personal progress in my riding ability while at the same time bringing a young horse along. Currently I live on a farm in Milton, Georgia with my husband of 20 years, two teenagers, 2 horses and a dog. As a board member of GDCTA, I would love to promote the “Kudzu Klinics” which give our members more educational opportunities at low cost. Also, I feel we need to continue to support and promote our local breeder. When I began the search for my current mount I contacted many breeders in the Southeast and found my gelding in Georgia. Finally, we need to reach out to our youngest members by offering events focused on that age group. Contact Kelley at 770-653-7722 or by email.
Board Member: Dennie Kludt
I have been a GDCTA member for quite some time and have served on the board in the past as a general member and as V. P. of Dressage. I enjoyed the time I spent serving you, the members. I organized the international scholarship program that evolved into the grant program that is offered today. I ran the “L” Program two years ago that has increased the number of schooling show judges. I organized scribe clinics. I helped organize and present clinics and a symposium by Jane Savoie. Some of you may recognize my name at the bottom of your schooling show tests as I have been an active “L” graduate and schooling show judge for over ten years. I also teach amateurs and young riders, including children. It is important to me to continue my education and encourage my students to do the same. I am clearly a big proponent of education. Contact Dennie by email.