September 2016 - CDS Championships

Young horses will be among superstars celebrated at the 49th annual event, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Los Angeles.

by Yellow Horse Marketing

National young horse dressage programs have enjoyed great popularity and success over the last 15 years of their existence. Many people may not realize that the forward-thinking founders of the California Dressage Society were decades ahead of their time in promoting the development of young horses for dressage sport.

At the July 11, 1970 CDS Executive Board meeting, Susan Krusi (Dyke) offered to sponsor a futurity class for Level I dressage horses. At that time most competitors were re-training older horses from other equestrian disciplines, especially ex-racehorses. Susan wanted to encourage riders to start young, unspoiled horses who would have fewer problems and be more likely to advance to the higher levels.

Thus, the CDS Young Horse Futurity was born. The nomination fee for the inaugural 1971 Futurity was $30, with 17 horses nominated (although only six actually went down centerline that October) and a jackpot of $73.33. The first winner was Master Play, a Hanoverian gelding ridden by J. Ashton Moore.

Olympian Hilda Gurney of Moorpark won her first CDS Futurity in 1974 aboard Tempi, and has gone on to be a regular competitor (and winner) since then. Most recently she claimed the 2015 CDS Five-Year-Old Futurity Open Championship with the U.S.-bred Trakehner gelding Lotta Silver (Silver Moon x Livadia by Impressionist) who Gurney foaled at home in California and now co-owns with Adrienne Bessey. The pair will now return to the CDS Championship Show this fall to vie for the six-year-old division title in the CDS/Interactive Mortgage $20,000 Young Horse Futurity.

“I have ridden in the CDS Futurity since the beginning on numerous horses because it gives me an opportunity to compare my home breeding program to others, as well as an opportunity to earn some money toward the expenses of showing,” says Gurney. “CDS is also a super supporter of California-bred horses with the Cal-Bred Futurity aspect of the program. Most of the horses I own are homebreds like Lotta Silver, who is a grandson of my wonderful Grand Prix mare Lavinia, and my other horse, Iris, who is Lavinia’s great granddaughter. Breeding wonderful horses and training them as far as they want to go is my passion, and it’s great to have this program supporting this effort!”

The 49th Annual CDS Championship Show is being held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, and will once again feature young horse superstars in the CDS/Interactive Mortgage $20,000 Young Horse Futurity. Don’t miss being a part of this year’s Celebration of Champions - nominate your young horse today!

The Championship also encompasses the GAIG/USDF Region 7 Finals and the GAIG/USDF Breeders Championship West Coast Finals.

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