dres •sage (dre säzh ´) (French - to "train")
The guiding of a horse through a series of complex maneuvers in response to barely perceptible signals from its rider's hands, legs and weight.

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USDF Congratulates 2009 GMO Award Winners

On November 11, 2009 the United States Dressage Federation sent congratulations to the winners of the 2009 GMO Awards, which will be presented during the Board of Governor’s General Assembly at the 2009 Adequan/USDF National Convention and Symposium in Austin, TX, December 2-6. Anne Cizadlo will be accepting the awards for EIDEA.

GMO Newsletter Awards: Layout/Design: GMOs with less than 75 members:
First Place: Eastern Iowa Dressage and Eventing Association, EIDEA Contact, August/September 2009
Honorable Mention: Eastern Iowa Dressage and Eventing Association, EIDEA Contact, September/October 2008

GMO Web Site Awards: Layout/Design: GMOs with less than 75 members:
First Place: Eastern Iowa Dressage and Eventing Association

That's right - our group won three awards this year! Many thanks to all the members who send content. And a special thank you to Barbara Hall for photographs and editor Megan Ward. Congratulations everyone!

EIDEA Freestyle Test Sheets for Intro & Training Levels

Freestyle dressage tests are ridden to music. Dressage movements and figures are choreographed to meet the technical requirements for each level. Combining the individual movements with the perfect music produces beautiful performances where horse and rider appear to dance.

While the USDF offers test from First to Fourth levels, your hard working Awards Committee has created test sheets for Intro and Training Level Freestyle competition for schooling shows. EIDEA is making them available for any schooling show that would like to use them.

Click here to download PDF test sheets

The EIDEA Musical Freestyle Perpetual Trophy is awarded to the highest championship musical freestyle ride at any USDF level across all Divisions. (Jr/YR, Adult Amateur, and Open)
2006: Yvonne Barteau on Raymeister (1st) 79.167%
2007: Susan Posner on Ali Baba B (Second Level) 74.688%
2008: Kassie Barteau on Sarasanna GP, 3rd Level, Jr/YR Score of: 75.521%
2009: Brianna Zwilling on DiMaggio, 4th Level, Jr/YR, Score of 77.917

Did you know Region 4 may have the most perpetual trophies of any region in the nation? These beautiful treasures are awarded based on pre-established criteria at the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships each year. Region 4 Awards Coordinator is Barb Zukowski. Emailr at bluebarn@netins.net

EIDEA Three Ring Circus at the Region 4 Adult Team Championships in Mason City on Friday, August 4th, 2006. We had five teams represent EIDEA! We had a great time, bringing home many medals and 5 Championship or Reserve Championship Awards.