Holiday Rock 'n' Ride
Dressage Show & Schooling Event
Saturday, December 16th, 2023
Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center
Hosted by Cassie Cherry Nolte of Cherry EquiSports Dressage
Show Prizes Generously Donated by Dover Saddlery & Equivont
GORGEOUS RIBBONS AND GREAT PRIZES FOR EVERY RIDER ENTERED! WE HAVE CLASSES FOR EVERYONE - INCLUDING EQUITATION, PRIX CAPRILLI JUMPING TESTS, EVENTING TESTS, WESTERN DRESSAGE, WALK/TROT, AND LEADLINE - AS WELL AS ALL THE STANDARD USDF/USEF/FEI DRESSAGE TESTS. ALL RIDERS ARE WELCOMED AND ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE, THERE WILL ALSO BE A STICK HORSE CLASS DURING THE LUNCH BREAK SO EVEN THE YOUNGEST "RIDERS" AND HORSE LOVERS CAN JOIN THE FUN!
Judges Jan Curtis (S) and Nicole Bhathal (r)
Held twice a year in the spring and late fall, the Rock 'n' Ride Dressage Show series was designed to be fun and give Nellie Gail Ranch riders the opportunity to ride a dressage test or an equitation class in a very relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Whether you are a seasoned competitor looking to move up the levels or taking your horse out for the first time, gain valuable show experience with expert feedback from our professional judges in a safe and encouraging environment.
There will be music, a food truck, and special awards for bravest rider, high scores, and best turned out horse and rider team. A full class list, additional relevant show information, and registration form to enter can all be found below.
Please note that entries will NOT be confirmed until BOTH entry form and payment are received. For any questions, please contact Cassie at CherryEquiSports@gmail.com or call/text at 714-345-0207
* All entries and payments must be received no later than FRIDAY, DEC 8TH *
Show Information, Class Descriptions, & Fees
SCHEDULE & RIDE TIMES - Individual dressage tests will begin at 9am on Saturday, December 16th with all group classes (walk/trot, equitation, and leadline) scheduled to run approximately 11:30 - 12pm. Stick horse class to be run during the lunch break beginning at 12pm. Prix Caprilli Jumping Tests will take place place immediately after the lunch break. Final schedule is subject to number of entries received. The show may fill early, please get your entries in as soon as possible. Entries close and MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8TH. Ride times and a full show schedule will be emailed to all competitors no later than Wednesday, December 13th.
SHOW OFFICE - On the day of the show you MUST check in at the the show office (bright blue tent) located in the driveway near the dressage court prior to your ride. You will need to pick up your number and sign a liability waiver. The show office will be open at 7:45am and will close approximately 30 minutes after the last ride of the day. All scored tests with written comments can be picked up here after your rides are complete. Please contact Cassie Cherry Nolte 714-345-0207 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any show questions. By entering this event, each participant understands and acknowledges that horse sports may be hazardous and agrees to assume any and all risk, loss, or injury and will hold harmless (regardless of negligent acts or omissions) the Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center, show host, show committee, show volunteers, and all horse show personnel.
ATTIRE & TACK - Boots and ASTM/SEI approved riding helmets are required. As this is a schooling event, we are not checking for USEF legal tack so please feel free to use whatever your horse is most comfortable and happy wearing. Show attire and braiding is welcomed but not necessary, feel free to get creative and have some fun! Holiday themed show attire is welcomed!
CLASSES - USDF Introductory Tests (walk/trot tests), USEF Dressage Tests Training - Fourth Level, FEI Dressage Tests, Musical Freestyles, USEA Eventing Dressage Tests, Western Dressage Tests, and Prix Caprilli (dressage tests with jumping) are being offered and will be scheduled with individual ride times. The two Prix Caprilli tests that will be offered and information on those specific tests can be found here: https://dressage4kids.org/d4k-festival/optional-classes/prix-caprilli.html Please indicate which test(s) and what level(s) you would like to ride on your entry form below. Dressage Seat Equitation, Walk/Trot, and Leadline classes will show as a group. Group classes will show in both directions and Judges may ask for a simple pattern to be ridden.
FEES & ENTRIES - All Dressage Tests are $35, Dressage Seat Equitation and Walk/Trot Classes are $25, and the Leadline Class is $10. There is an office fee of $20 per entry to help offset the test printing, show supplies, bridle numbers, office costs, etc. To enter the show complete the online registration form and send fees via Venmo to @CassCherryNolte. While Venmo is preferred, payment by check or cash is also accepted. You will receive an email confirmation after entries are submitted, but please note that entries will not be considered complete until all fees are received.
ARENAS - Show arena will be the Lower Arena / 20x60 Dressage Court (washed sand footing) and the warm up arena will be the Middle Arena (washed sand/textile composite footing). We will have volunteers at the gate to help riders, but it is your responsibility to get into the show arena in time for your scheduled ride.
AWARDS - Gorgeous ribbons and prizes to all riders that participate. Additional awards for high scores, bravest rider, and best turned out horse and rider team. Prizes have been generously donated by Dover Saddlery and Equivont. All stick horse "riders" will receive a special ribbon.
VOLUNTEERS - If you aren't quite ready to participate just yet but would still like to join the fun, you can volunteer to help on show day! We are in need of scribes, gate help, scorers, test runners, and show office staff. Please contact Cassie if you would like to help out.
SPECTATORS - Family, friends, and everyone in the Nellie Gail Ranch community are welcomed to watch and enjoy the show! Parking is very limited at the Equestrian Center, please park at the Clubhouse / Tennis Courts and follow the path down the stairs to the center. There will be performances by all levels of dressage riders, dressage tests with jumping from our hunter / jumper riders, and special classes featuring the next generation of horsemen and horsewomen - Leadliners all the way up to Grand Prix! If you don't have a horse and are under 6 years of age, you can participate in our stick horse class that will take place during lunch time starting at 12pm. No entry fees or sign ups required, just show up to the arena on Saturday, December 16th!
FOOD & DRINKS - Will be available to purchase on site throughout the event by Alexa's Catering.
TRAILERS - Please note there is limited space available for haul-ins. If you will be hauling in, let us know what size trailer you will be bringing so we can plan ahead and ensure there is adequate space for you and your horse. For all show participants that are not Nellie Gail Equestrian Center members or members of the Nellie Gail Ranch Community, there is a $25 Grounds Fee. Please note any haul-ins on your entry and include the grounds fee (if applicable) in your Venmo payment.
SHOW ANNOUNCER - TBA