Why Join California Dressage Society?
By Paula Langan
Although many members join CDS because they are going to show, and some only renew until they are ready to enter a show, CDS membership fees do not just support shows, but also communication, education and membership services.
The first thing to point out is that right off the top starting in 2004, the CDS sends $20 of your $70 membership to USDF to sign you up as a Group Member of United States Dressage Federation. That figure accounts for over $75,000 of CDS expenses.
A one-year renewable membership, this membership provides all access to CDS programs, monthly newsletters, waiver of non-membership fee in competitions, Championships, Awards, voting privileges, and a printed copy of the CDS by-laws, chapter set-up guide, show organization tool, job description for personnel, and other useful information.
Only members may hold office or apply for Qualified Riding Membership, plus more. ($70.00 per year starting in 2011)
A one-year renewable membership, this membership is an Active Membership for more than one member in an immediate family living at the same address. ($60.00 per year starting in 2011)
An Active Membership for the life of the member. $1,000.00 one time fee.
Your membership entitles you to participate in the following activities:
Horse of the Year Competition—Horse/rider combinations can qualify to compete, at all levels, for the CDS Annual Show.
Junior/Young Rider Championships—Juniors and Young Riders can qualify to compete, at all levels, for CDS Junior Championships. CDS also offers specialized clinics and seminars especially oriented for the Junior (18 years and under) and Young Riders (21 years and under).
Educational Activities—Statewide educational programs includes Riding and Instructor Seminars, National Symposiums and Judge's Forums, plus many more. Through CDS sponsorships, individual chapters can co-sponsor such programs as clinics, competitions, films, and informal schooling sessions with esteemed riding professionals. The goal is to educate, inspire, and challenge dressage enthusiast to strive for excellence. Individual prices based on programs.
Your membership entitles you to receive the following
"Dressage Letters"—The monthly publication of the Society offers educational literature ranging from book reviews to commentary by notable horsemen and horsewomen along with a complete calendar of all CDS events. Free with Membership.
The CDS Omnibus—A yearly publication, offers dressage show premiums and entry forms for your convenience in planning and entering show for the year. 1 copy free each year with membership. Available to members only. Duplicate copy $10
Membership Roster—A yearly publication of all the CDS members. 1 copy free each year with membership. Available to members only. Duplicate copy $10
Chapter Handbook—Printed booklets of all CDS By-laws, Chapter setup guide, show organization tool, job description for show personnel. Available to members only. Duplicate copy $20