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NCDCTA Labor of Love Dressage

2017 NCDCTA Labor of Love I & II
September 2 - 3, 2017
Senator Bob Martin Eastern Ag Center
Williamston, NC

Opening Date: July 31, 2017
Closing Date: August 14, 2017 (entries must be RECEIVED by closing date)

2017 Official Prize List       Online Entry


Qualify for the Regionals - AT the facility where the Regionals will be held!

sponsored by Paradise Farm & Tack

Stocks Fence PSG Classic Challenge


Jovee Farm Ponies Adult & Junior Pony Champions
National Pony Dressage Cup Special Ribbons
Enterprise Farm AQHA High Score
American Trakehners High Score
American Hanoverian Society High Score
Morgan Horse High Score

Costumed Lead-Line - Sponsored by Jovee Pony Farm
Open to all ages! Requirements: Costumes, One Person Mounted/One Person Leading. Ribbons and prizes!
to be held at the end of classes on Saturday

Martin County High Scores

Bluetooth Speakers!

Morning Breakfast Cart by NCDCTA

Saturday Afternoon Ice Cream by Fellowship Farm

Saturday Evening Happy Hour

Pony Measuring at this show is courtesy of Triangle Equine Veterinary Service - Sally Vivrette.

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.

GOLF CARTS for this show are available from Beaverdam Golf Carts - call 252 799-1394 to reserve yours - 2 seaters and 4 seaters available.

Night Watch & Braiding Services provided by Amy Struzzieri. 845 220 7206 or

Jackets are Waived for the Weekend!

Our Valued Sponsors:

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 I & II
Harvest Moon (GAIGs)
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!

Stocks Fence PSG Classic Challenge

Class fee: $75; $20 of entry fee goes into "pot" with $300+ added.
Prize Money distribution:
First Place = 50%, Second Place = 30%, Third Place = 15% Fourth Place = 5%
Sweepstakes checks will be written to the owner of record and will be paid in the show office.
Extra $50 bonus added if winner is a Junior or Young Rider!

Area Hotels:

Days Inn

Econo Lodge

Economy Lodge

Hampton Inn

Ross Motel

Holiday Inn Express

Big Mill Bed & Breakfast

Haughton Hall Bed & Breakfast

Area Restaurants:

Red Heron Cafe
118 Harrison St.
Williamston, NC 27892
Phone: (252) 508-4670
Micheal Herring, owner of Red Heron Cafe, invites you to share his vision: Providing a one of a kind cafe with food and fun that you will not find anywhere else. We have comfortable seating and a cozy atmosphere for a unique experience. We have free wifi for our guests.

Cypress Grill Restaurant
Originally, one of the many riverside fishing shacks where local men cooked, played cards and socialized. The Cypress Grill now attracts visitors from around the country who stand in line with the locals for fried fish and roe. The Grill has been featured in Southern Living and Smithsonian magazines. Open January through April, coinciding with the annual herring run. Located on the riverbank. Head north on Stewart St. and "go down the hill."

La Casetta
109 East Academy St.
Robersonville, NC
Phone: 252-795-6699

Ribeyes Steakhouse
1056 Cantle Court
(across from Sen. Bob Martin Center)
Phone: 252-799-3700

Shamrock Restaurant
Corner Hwy 64 Bypass & Hwy 17
101 W. Blvd
Williamston, NC, Phone: 252–792–5007

Shaw's Barbecue House
202 W. Blvd.
Hwy 64 Bus.
Williamston, NC
Phone: 252–792–5339

Sunny Side Oyster Bar
This favorite oyster spot was opened in 1935 and keeps its unique, authentic atmosphere...the one that has brought attention from national media like the Good Morning America show, Gourmet magazine and Southern Living magazine among others.

Sunset Stables Cowboy Cookhouse
The Cowboy Cook House is a heated and air conditioned party building, on our Sunset Stables Ranch. Catering services are provided from this unique location. you can get barbecue and good home-style meals, and seasonal favorites.
2082 Winslow Road
Call 252-795-3496

The Hitch'n Post Restaurant
The Hitch’n Post is a locally owned and operated restaurant providing friendly and courteous service in a family atmosphere, along with delicious and freshly prepared cuisine.
US Hwy 17 South
Williamston, NC 27892
Phone: 252-792-0088

The Smokehouse Grill
The Smokehouse Grill is the area's premier steakhouse, featuring marinated ribeye steaks, burgers, chicken breast, baby back ribs and shrimp. The restaurant is located at the Deadwood Western Theme Park.
2302 Ed's Grocery Road
Bear Grass
Call: 252-792-8516

Show Management Team:

2017 Judges:
Sara Schmitt - S, New Jersey
Debbie Rodriguez - S, Virgina
Carol Bishop - R, North Carolina

2017 TD:
Tamla Nichols - r, Virginia

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 20 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 15 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. Last year, Martie managed two shows for NCDCTA - Harvest Moon moved to an earlier date - the first weekend in October and NCDCTA Autumn Leaves took over the old Harvest Moon date of the first weekend in November and hosted the 2013 BLMs - a very prestigous and popular regional championship.

Martie provides complete secretarial services for many dressage shows every year. She is the Secretary for Dressage At Lexington - the largest dressage show in the US outside of championship shows. Martie also provides a 'Show in a Box' to smaller dressage shows across the nation. For a full list of ESS shows, please see the home page of this website.

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 as well as acting as the Show Secretary for the NCDCTA Summer Highland Fling. Olga is also an accomplished artist with a website presence of Cat Claws Studio.

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 18 and under as of December 31, 2017) at each of its four shows in 2017. Each scholarship will cover the cost of four classes, one stall, and a shared tack 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. To be eligible, applicants must indicate enthusiasm, thoughtfulness in application, and dedication to competition as part of ongoing education in dressage. All qualified applicants will be put into a pool for each show. Winners will be drawn at random. Winners will be ineligible for others scholarships in that competition year, unless there are fewer new applicants than slots to be filled. 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.

Email to apply. - deadline for Labor of Love Scholarship Application is July 31, 2017


Intro,Training, First, Second, Third, Fourth, PSG, I-1, I-2, GP
Open, AA, Jr/YR Champions & Reserve Special Ribbons & Champion Prize

No Extra Fee!

Intro thru First Levels – ride 2 tests Sat and 1 Sun – at the level, low score dropped.
2nd thru FEI Levels – ride 1 regular test each day – at the level, no dropped scores
Intro – Fourth Levels – must ride test 2 (Intro: B) on Saturday; test 3 (Intro: C) on Sunday
All USEF levels must ride the 2 highest tests of the level to be eligible with the highest test being ridden on Sunday.
T-1 & T-2 on Sat; T-3 on Sunday = high score on Sat + Sunday T-3 score will be used.
T-2 & T-3 on Sat; T-3 on Sunday = high score on Sat + Sunday T-3 score will be used.
T-2 & T-3 on Sat; T-2 on Sunday = not eligible
Your two scores (at the level) are averaged to find Division Score for Champion and Reserve.


Sponsorships and Advertising Information

2017 Vendor Contract

Our Valued Sponsors:


Back by Popular Demand and Sponsored by Paradise Farm & Tack

Youth Team Sign Up Form

SPECIAL FREE TACK STALL for each TEAM that has all team members entered into the show and Team Form completed on or before CLOSING DATE

There are no qualifying scores needed to enter. A team can be 3 or 4 riders. You may enter as part of a team or as an individual, and be put on a mixed team. A team may represent a dressage club, farm, barn, instructor, Pony Club, 4-H club, any youth riding club, or be a group of individuals. Any individual or partial team needing team members is encouraged to send in their entry and a mixed team will be formed. To enter, send in the official 2017 Entry Form for the rider and a Team Competition Entry Blank with the names of the team members.

All Tests will be ridden on Saturday.

Note: Age restrictions are: Child Rider: 13 years & younger; Junior Rider: 16 years & younger; Junior/Young Rider (Jr/Yr): 14-21 years; FEI Young Rider: 16-21 years.

1. Scoring: All scores from each team member will be counted. No scores will be dropped. Total percentage from each team member will be added together and divided by the number of team members to compute team placing. Bonus points from Team Games will be added to final score! Three and four member teams may be in the same division. Tests (and ribbons for individual classes) may be picked up at the Show Office once the class is completed.

2. Awards: Ribbons will be awarded for first through sixth place in each division. Placing will be determined by the average of the team's total score. Trophies for all members of first place team in each division. Other awards will be presented throughout the weekend. NOTE: Riders will be expected to participate in the mounted awards ceremonies dressed in safe riding attire.

3 Awards Ceremonies: The time and order of awards ceremonies will listed in the show program and will be posted in the show office. Awards ceremonies will be held in the Ring 1 except in the case of inclement weather. Teams will line up in reverse order (6th thru 1st) along the outside of the large arena and enter as directed through the side door. Medals and ribbons will be distributed at this time. One team at a time will enter the arena and complete the victory lap. That team will exit through the small warm up arena and the next team will enter. All others should wait outside, well off the main road, until their division is called. At all times during the awards ceremonies, safety is of utmost importance. If a horse is unruly or upset, the rider may either lead it into the arena, taking care to stay clear of other horses and leaving before the victory lap, or attend un-mounted but in show attire. Young children and novice riders should have an adult available to hold/lead their horse or pony.

Youth Team Activities:

During the competition we are offering several education activities geared towards the Youth Team Members. You are welcome to participate in as many of these activates as you would like. Note: Additional activities might be added as time permits.

A. Cover Art Contest Cover Art Contest (Deadline August 1, 2017) A drawing or photo by anyone under 18 will be chosen for the cover of the Show Program. The artist does not have to be entered in the show. Other artwork submitted but not chosen for the cover will also be included inside the Program. Drawings may be mailed or sent electronically. All drawings should be no larger than 8" x 11", must be vertical (like the front of a book) and in black/white. Color photos may be submitted but will be printed in black/white. Photos must be vertical and sent electronically at 300 dpi at 100% of the size; if it is a smaller photo, the resolution needs to be higher. Do not include words or numbers in drawings, but do sign them at the bottom. Include your name, hometown and age written on the back of the drawings or in the email. Snail mail to: Martie Healy, 2201 Astor St. #13, Orange Park, FL 32073 – must be RECEIVED by deadline.

B. Veterinary Lecture/Demonstration. PONY MEASURING – learn all about it! Friday 5pm.

C. Youth GAMES: Add bonus points to your Team Score! Dressage Trivia and more – check show website for all details.
Dressage Trivia –

• Open to ALL (kids of all ages!) as individuals or put together a team!
• YTC Teams will compete in Dressage Trivia as a TEAM to earn BONUS POINTS which will be added to their YTC scores.
• Trivia Questions will cover dressage topics as well as general horse and equitation topics.
• Trivia Questions will be available in the Show Office starting Friday at 3pm.
• ALL Trivia Answers must be turned in to the Show Office by 3pm on Saturday.
• Research IS allowed!

Special PRIZES for the Dressage Trivia. Prizes will be awarded Saturday afternoon.

D. Decorate Your Stalls – In an effort to foster teamwork we would like to see the team members working together to decorate their stalls. Stalls will be judged and awards will be given out on Saturday afternoon.

E. Parade of Teams: Parade of all teams prior to award ceremony. Teams will be judged on “Best Team Spirit Attire”. Decorating of horse and rider encouraged!

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