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NCDCTA Autumn Leaves Dressage

2018 NCDCTA Dressage Championships
November 3 - 4, 2018
Carolina Horse Park
Raeford, NC

Opening Date: September 10, 2018
Closing Date: October 15, 2018 (entries must be received by closing) FEATURING:

2018 NCDCTA Dressage Championships

DOUBLE 2017 HOY Points!

NCDCTA Champion Prizes sponsored by Paradise Farm & Tack
PLUS $8,500 in Prize Money for 2017 Championships!

2017 Results

2017 NCDCTA Championships Results


Jovee Pony Adult and Junior Pony Champions

Enterprise Farm AQHA High Scores

NCDCTA Junior Scholarships

American Trakehners High Score
American Hanoverian Society High Score
Morgan Horse High Score
Quarter Horse High Scores - Open, AA, Junior - sponsored by Enterprise Farm

Saturday Happy Hour

High Time Photography is our official photographer and videographer for this show. sign up by calling/texting - John at 336-671-4446 or sign up at their booth in the coliseum.
Night Watch & Braiding Services provided by Amy Struzzieri. 845 220 7206 or

Become Carolina's Top Charmer!

Announcing... NCDCTA Charms!

Every 70% + score at the 4 NCDCTA shows earns a Charm!

Capital Dressage Classic
Labor of Love
Harvest Moon (BLMs)
Autumn Leaves (Champs)

Start collecting at Labor of Love... and become Carolina's Top Charmer!

The Fine Print...
Odd-scoring tests don't count (MFS, YH, Eq, Materiale, etc.).
Bring test to show office - receive charm.
Charms available at the next show if you forget.
PRIZE for the Top Charmer at Autumn Leaves -- must be present to win!

Shequin & Robin Brueckmann show off their charm!
Photo by HighTime Photography

2018 NCDCTA Dressage Championships
Presented by: Paradise Farm & Tack

DOUBLE 2018 HOY Points for all Championship Participants!

NCDCTA Champion Prizes sponsored by Paradise Farm & Tack
PLUS $8,000 in Prize Money for 2018 Championships!

NCDCTA Dressage Championships Rules

Horse/rider teams qualify by riding in NCDCTA recognized competitions.

Prize money and neck sashes for Champions and Reserve Champions. To receive prize money, the Championship Average Score must meet the HOY point minimum: 60% Intro through 1st Level; 58% 2nd Level through 4th Level; 55% FEI Levels. Prize Money will be awarded in the Show Office directly following the Awards Ceremony to the Owner of Record. Ribbons awarded Third through Eighth (3rd - 8th) in all Divisions. Champion Prize awarded for each Division. Special sponsored awards may be added at the discretion of the show manager.

Qualifying Rules:
  1. A horse/rider team qualifies as a team, and only the same team may compete in any given Division at the Championships.
  2. The rider must be a current member of NCDCTA and the horse must be currently NCDCTA registered at the time of qualification.
  3. To qualify, the horse/rider team must have earned at least one (1) NCDCTA HOY point in the Division they wish to participate within the Qualifying Period.
  4. All classes at NCDCTA recognized shows that count towards NCDCTA HOY points are qualifying NCDCTA Dressage Championship Classes - including Opportunity classes.
  5. The Qualifying Period shall start on the first day of the NCDCTA HOY Year and end the second (2nd) Monday before the Championship show begins.
  6. Competitors qualifying for the Championships on the final weekend of the Qualifying Period must submit a copy of their qualifying test to the Championship Show Secretary no later than 5pm on the final Monday of the Qualifying Period.
  7. Competitions may not charge extra fees for qualifying rides.
  8. Winning horse/rider teams at the Championships will be ineligible to win in the same Division in succeeding years, except for FEI and Musical Freestyles. However, past winners may earn special 'Honorable Mention' ribbons if they win their Division again.

Rules Governing the Championships:
  1. Readers and whips are allowed in Championship Classes.
  2. No horse/rider team may ride Hors de Concours in a Championship class.
  3. Competitors may enter the Championships in anticipation of qualifying, but if the horse/rider team has not qualified by the end of the Qualifying Period, they shall be placed in corresponding non-championship classes.
  4. Qualification for the Championships shall be solely determined by NCDCTA membership database. A list of those qualified shall be published on the internet both on the Championship show website and on the NCDCTA website.
  5. All complete qualified entries received on or before the closing date of the designated Championship show must be accepted.
  6. A horse/rider team may qualify at more than one level and all qualified horse/rider teams are permitted to compete in the Championships in consecutive qualified levels.
  7. A horse may only compete in one Division per level. A horse may be entered in another level in the same or a different Division.
  8. A horse may compete in the Championships with more than one rider providing that all qualifying requirements have been met by all horse/rider teams.
  9. Membership Requirements for NCDCTA Dressage Championships participation
    (excluding the Intro Divisions - only NCDCTA membership for the rider and HOY registration for the horse is required for the Intro Divisions):
    1. Riders/Owners: NCDCTA members USDF members (GMO membership through NCDCTA) USEF member - or pay n/m fee
    2. Adult Amateur Riders: USEF AA membership
    3. Horse: NCDCTA registered USDF registered
    4. Trainer: USEF membership or pay n/m fee
  10. Levels offered at the Championships: Intro, Training, First, Second, Third, Fourth, FEI PSG, FEI I-1, FEI I-2, FEI GP, JR/YR FEI, USDF Musical Freestyles, FEI Musical Freestyles.
  11. Divisions offered at the Championships: Intro: JR/YR and Senior; MFS Levels: one Division for each MFS Level; at FEI levels Jr/Yrs will have one Division, all other FEI levels: Adult Amateur and Open Divisions; at all National Levels: Jr/YR, Adult Amateur and Open Divisions.
  12. Adult Amateur status shall be determined according to USEF rules.
  13. Tests to be ridden at the Championships: Two (2) designated Championships Classes - one per day at each Level.
  14. Championship Scoring: The two Championship Classes must be entered and ridden at a level to qualify for awards. Winners at each level and division will be determined by averaging the percentage scores from each of the two rides. In the case of a tie, the winner is determined by the highest scoring second ride.
  15. If possible, 50% of the hired judges for the Championship competition should reside outside of North Carolina and preference for judging the Championship Classes should be given to those judges residing outside of North Carolina.
  16. The Championship competition is to be held within North Carolina only and at a NCDCTA licensed dressage competition.
  17. The Show will be licensed by USEF as a Level 2 Competition and run in accordance with all applicable USEF rules for a Level 2 Competition as set forth in the USEF Rule Book. In addition, the Show shall be run in accordance with all applicable rules of the NCDCTA Dressage Championships as set forth herein.
  18. A Mounted Awards Ceremony for Champions and Reserves in each Division will be held on the last day of competition. Saddlery for awards ceremonies should follow USEF rules, but black or white polo wraps are permitted. Horses should receive their ribbons prior to the ceremony. Any competitor may decline to be mounted or, if mounted, to participate in the victory round, for safety reasons, however the competitor must still appear properly attired for the ceremony. The Manager is responsible for the safe conduct of the awards. Safety is paramount. Any horse that the Manager deems unsafe should be excused in accordance with DR 123.10. In the event of inclement weather, awards ceremonies may be held unmounted and inside.
  19. The Rules governing the NCDCTA Championships may be amended by the NCDCTA Competition Committee at their discretion.

Facility Map:

Area Restaurants:
1895 Grille
155 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 235-8434

Bangkok Cuisine
211 Central Park Ave, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 235-0507

Carolina Dining Room
80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 235-8434

One Royal Troon Drive, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-4300

Donald Ross Grill
1 Carolina Vista , Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 235-8139

Drum & Quill Publick House
40 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-3193

Dugan's Pub
2 Market Square, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-3400

Elliott's on Linden
905 Linden Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 215-0775

Fairwoods On 7
14 Inverrary Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 235-8541

Golden China
222 Central Park Avenue , Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 215-8052

Ironwood Cafe
2176 Midland Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 255-0000

Java Buzz of Pinehurst
105 Cherokee Road, Suite 1G, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 420-8355

L'il Dino Deli & Grill
222 Central Park Avenue, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-6565

Lady Bedford's Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe
25 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 255-0100

Magnolia Inn
65 Magnolia Road, Village of Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-6900

Maria's Mexican Restaurant
211-A Central Park Avenue, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 215-8010

Market Place Restaurant, The
246 Olmsted Boulevard, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-1160

Maxie's Grill & Tap Room
35 McIntyre Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 420-2181

New York Deli & Catering
111 Central Park Ave, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-2264

Nina's Classic Cuisine
111 Central Park Ave, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 235-4600

Pinehurst Cafe
5 McCaskill Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-3292

Pinehurst Pizza
15 McIntyre Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 255-008

Pinehurst Track Restaurant
180 Beulah Hill Road S., Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-2597

Pizza Cafe
111 Central Park Ave, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 235-0201

Roast Office, The
95 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 215-8861

Ryder Cup Lounge
1 Carolina Vista, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-6811

Table on the Green
2205 Midland Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-3240

Tavern at the Holly Inn, The
155 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-6811

Ten-Ya Japanese Cuisine & Sushi
70 Market Square, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 255-1085

Thai Basil
211 Central Park Avenue, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 235-0507

Theo's Taverna
140 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-0780

Villager Deli Restaurant, The
6 Chinquapin Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374
Phone: (910) 295-1005

Parties & Hospitality at the Championships!

Saturday: Happy Hour
FREE TO ALL! Join us to celebrate another wonderful Championships!

Show Management Team:

2018 Judges: Judges:
Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez, S - CO
Dinah Babcock, S - TX
more TBA....

Robyn Nunnally, r - VA

Show Manager - Martie Healy of Equestrian Secretarial Services
Martie Healy is the founder of ESS and a member in good standing of USEF, USDF and NCDCTA. She was the owner/manager/organizer of Basingstoke Farms. Martie and husband, Bill, ran USEF/USEA events through Advanced-Intermediate, Dressage Shows and Combined Driving Events for 12 years. She earned her USEF Eventing Course Designer's license and designed and built the courses at Basingstoke Farms and other events in the US. She has over 25 years experience in organizing, managing, secretarying and scheduling events, shows, clinics and other activities - both large and small. Martie competed in Hunter/Jumpers, Eventing and Dressage and fox-hunted for many years before turning towards the administrative side of equestrian sports. She is an accomplished website designer, operating her own website design business, Basingstoke Web Designs. Basingstoke Web Designs has been producing clean, effective, well-designed websites for over 18 years.

Martie took over show management of the NCDCTA Harvest Moon Dressage Show in 2008. The NCDCTA Harvest Moon Dressage Show is the site of the NCDCTA Dressage Championships and is proving to be extremely popular. In 2010, the NCDCTA Harvest Moon Dressage Show and NCDCTA hosted the 2010 Great American/USDF Region 1 Dressage Championships and enjoyed a hugely successful Championships. NCDCTA Harvest Moon Dressage again hosted the Great American/USDF Region 1 Dressage Championships in 2012. In 2013, Martie managed two shows for NCDCTA - Harvest Moon on the new, earlier date - the first weekend in October and NCDCTA Autumn Leaves on the old Harvest Moon date of the first weekend in November and was the 2013 BLMs - a very prestigous and popular regional championship. In 2014, the Regionals were once again hosted at Harvest Moon and the NCDCTA Championships and the Southern Region 1 Youth Team Competition were held at the NCDCTA Labor of Love Show - now managed by Martie. 2015 saw the NCDCTA Championships move back to Williamston to Harvest Moon while Labor of Love once again held the Youth Team Competition. In 2016, the Regionals were hosted by NCDCTA once again with Martie as manager in Williamston.

Martie provides complete secretarial services for many dressage shows every year. She was the Secretary for Dressage At Lexington - the largest dressage show in the US outside of championship shows for 15 years. Martie also provides a 'Show in a Box' to smaller dressage shows across the nation.

Show Secretary - Sandy Donovan of The Secretary's Office
Sandy Donovan is an experienced show manager and secretary who cut her organizational teeth at Longleaf Pine Horse Trials in the mid 1980's. Her 2001 move to Memphis spawned "Dressage Services", which coordinates with GMO's and individuals on dressage shows in five states.

Donovan works on all flavors of Dressage from "Show in a Box" to Level 4 competitions. Among other shows in the Southeast Sandy's "Dressage Services" manages the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Championships in Conyers, Ga. most years. She lives with her husband, Jeff, in their brand new house in Whispering Pines.

Staff Coordinator - Olga Wagner
Olga is the former Show Manager for the NCDCTA Capital Dressage Classic and the NCDCTA Labor Of Love shows. Olga has now taken on the duties of facility liason and staff coordinator for the NCDCTA shows. Olga is also an accomplished artist with a website presence of Cat Claws Studio.


Sponsorships and Advertising Information

2017 Vendor Contract

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NCDCTA Junior Show Scholarships!

In order to encourage juniors of all levels to take advantage of our state's competitive dressage environment, NCDCTA is pleased to offer scholarships to up to four junior riders (riders 21 and under as of December 31, 2018) at each of its four shows in 2018. Each scholarship will cover the cost of four classes and one stall. This application, due by the show's opening date, will be reviewed by a committee of NCDCTA board members. Applicants do not need to be NCDCTA members. Scholarship criteria include enthusiasm, thoughtfulness in application, and dedication to competition as part of ongoing education in dressage. Recipients will be responsible for the cost of classes beyond four, as well as the office fee, the USEF drug fee, and any other applicable fees, including but not limited to the USDF/GAIG qualifying fee and non-member fees. Decisions and entry procedures will be announced before the show's closing date.

GO HERE to apply. - deadline for Autumn Leaves Scholarship Application is September 10, 2018
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