Vol. 1, Issue 1 JANUARY 2022

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First Quarterly Meeting a Success!

The first meeting of 2022 was held January 19 at the American Ale House in State College. The upcoming year looks very exciting with plans for Feldenkrais lessons; clinics for Positive Reinforcement Training, Working Equitation, and Musical Freestyle; Drill Team, dressage and weeknight jumper shows; and trail rides! Read the minutes.

2022 KDCTA Board of Directors - Election Results

President, Stephanie Dobiss, kdcta11@gmail.com
Vice President: Molly Allan, allanmolly057@gmail.com
Secretary: Carmel Dunlap, kdcta22@gmail.com
Treasurer: Karen Schuckman, kdctaorg@gmail.com
Membership Director: Sharon Briggs, kdctamembership@gmail.com

Weekly Feldenkrais Lessons in Zoom on Wednesday nights from January 26—March 30

Feldenkrais is a type of exercise therapy that reorganizes connections between the brain and body to improve movement, flexibility, coordination, and psychological state. Stephanie will share a Rider Makeover Course consisting of ten weekly lessons. The Zoom link will be sent on Mondays to all KDCTA members. Watch your email and thank you, Stephanie!

Volunteer Awards Program

Earn volunteer credits for attending meetings or lending a hand at clinics and horse shows. Your credits can be used toward membership renewal, entry fees, logo attire, or Dover gift cards. Watch this newsletter and the KDCTA website for more details.

Logo Design Contest – Entry Deadline March 31

Put your creative energy to work to create a new look for the KDCTA logo! The winner will receive a $50 Dover gift card.

  • The logo should be suitable for embroidery within a 3” square.

  • The logo will be also used on the website and in printed materials. Fonts should be TrueType for scalability.

  • Submit in digital format, such as JPG, TIF, BMP, PNG, or PDF to kdctamembership@gmail.com


Positive Reinforcement Training, R+, helps you build a stronger partnership with your horse. In preparation for the June clinic with Shawna Karrasch, we will be introducing the basics over the next few months. Read more about R+ in this month’s feature article.


Each month we will pose a question and ask for your response. We will compile the answers and will post them (anonymously) the following month, along with a new question.

January Question: Do you blanket your horses in the winter? Send your response to kdcta22@gmail.com.


Each month, our Secretary will interview a KDCTA member and we will share the interview in Hoofbeats.

This month meet our President, Stephanie Dobiss ...


If you have news you would like us to share, an idea for a feature article, a comment, or a question, please email kdcta22@gmail.com.

Feature articles currently in our pipeline include:

  • An Introduction to Working Equitation, by Stephanie Dobiss

  • An Overview of Educational Resources Available at USDF.org