Founded in 1997, the Dressage Association of Southern California has grown from a grass roots organization to a membership body in excess of 300 individuals. Geographically, DASC stretches from San Diego to the Central Coast, but let’s not forget our members in Nevada, Arizona, Washington, and even New York! Our membership is delightfully diverse with riders of all ages competing successfully from Training Level to Grand Prix.
DASC is committed to fostering the growth and development of its riding membership, providing educational opportunities throughout the year. Our dressage shows welcome horse and rider combinations of all levels, in many cases providing first-time junior and amateur exhibitors with a friendly, non-threatening introduction to the competition arena. Several of our Junior/Young Rider members have used their DASC qualifying scores to go on to compete at national and international competitions.
Benefits of Membership in the Dressage Association of Southern California (DASC)
There are lots of reasons to join the Dressage Association of Southern California (DASC). Most members are active competitors, but even if you are not (yet!), your membership dollars work for the entire dressage community here in Southern California to promote our sport and make it the best that it can be.
The Dressage Association of Southern California (DASC) promotes education through clinics, lectures, exhibitions and competition through a wide variety of shows and awards programs.
Your membership entitles you to participate in the annual DASC Championships, Year End Performance Awards, Breed Awards, and a variety of educational activities and seminars. You will also enjoy the quarterly DASC newsletter, “Collected Comments”, mailed to you and available online. Additionally,membership in DASC automatically includes a group membership in the United States Dressage Federation.
The DASC competition calendar generally boasts over fifty “Four-Star” shows in convenient locations throughout Southern California and Nevada. Competitors are afforded the opportunity to earn qualifying scores toward the DASC, USEF and USDF championships before nationally and internationally recognized judges. Our competition year culminates in the DASC Championship Show, presented each September. Special neck ribbons and awards are distributed to DASC Champions and Reserve Champions in the Junior, Amateur and Open Divisions. The Championship Show offers some unique competitions as well – some of them include “Best Braids”, “Most Green Spots on a Grey Horse”, “Craziest Boot Socks”, and the “Barn Spirit” award.
The 2014 DASC Championship qualifying period begins September 6 and ends on August 31. An exhibitor and their horse(s) must be paid members in good standing when qualifying scores are earned.
Year End Performance and Breed awards are given to the top horse/rider combinations at all levels, including divisions for non-traditional and non-registered breeds. Each year, DASC has an elegant and fun awards dinner to celebrate these accomplishments. Special awards are also given: “Student of the Year”, “Trainer of the Year” and “Volunteer of the Year”. These award recipients are nominated by the membership.
The qualifying period for Year End Performance and Breed Awards is from October 1st of the previous year to September 30th of the current show year. An exhibitor and their horse(s) must be paid members in good standing when qualifying scores are earned. (For Breed awards, *owners* must also be paid members when qualifying scores are earned.)
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2015 DASC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Vice President||Erin Marshallfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Director||Brenda Forsythe, DVM|
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