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NCDCTA Harvest Moon Dressage

Welcome to the 2017 Great American Insurance Group/ United States Dressage Federation Region 1 Dressage Championships Licensed by United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. and NCDCTA Harvest Moon Dressage Show!

2017 Official Prize List


      sponsored by M&M Tack
      sponsored by Paradise Farm & Tack

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 GOLF CARTS – will be provided by Byron Unger – The Golf Cart Guy. Contact Byron DIRECTLY to reserve & pay for your cart: You can check out his carts at


'Martin County Bluegrass Happy Hour' --Featuring Dymond Express


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

Facility Map:

Coliseum Map:

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

Parties & Hospitality at the Championships!

Every Competition Day: 'Rider Hospitality'
Sponsored by NCDCTA
FREE Coffee and Snacks - in the Coliseum

Thursday: 'Martin County BlueGrass Happy Hour'
Sponsored by the Martin County Travel & Tourism
Featuring Live Music by Dymond City Express with smooth, well blended harmonies in a bluegrass style.

Friday: Musical Freestyle 'Raise a Glass in Championship Celebration'

Saturday: NCDCTA Southern Hospitality Dinner Party

Show Management Team:

2017 Judges:
Kristi Wysocki - S, Colorado
Sue Mandas - S, Ohio
Marilyn Heath - S, Florida
Cindy Canace - S, New Jersey
Doreen Horsey - S, Calgary, Canada
Donald Barnes - S, Ontario, Canada
Janine Malone - R, North Carolina
William Woods - R, Florida

2017 TDs:
Joyce Hardesty, R - Kansas
Sue Smithson - r - North Carolina

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 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 will 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.

Show Hospitality - 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 last year Sandy’s “Dressage Services” managed the GAIG/USDF Region 3 Championships in Conyers, Ga. last October. Donovan also publishes the “Dressage in the MidSouth” Omnibus each winter. 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 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.

Footing and Facility Liason - Sue Smithson
Stabling Manager - Buck Smithson
Sue and Buck Smithson of Southern Pines NC have been running recognized horse shows and horse trials since 1976 under the business name of Sporting Services. She is a "R" dressage and event judge, and "r" event TD, and Buck is a class F soccer referee and high school volleyball referee.

Sue was a reporter and columnist for The Pilot newspaper for 17 years, and still does some freelance work for various horse publications. Buck is a metal fabricator and industrial sewing machine mechanic, and they have two children and three grandchildren. Buck rode through preliminary eventing, and Sue rode through FEI levels in dressage and eventing, still owns one horse and enjoys trotting down centerline occasionally, just to stay humble!

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.

GO HERE to apply.
Application is August 14, 2017
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