Friends of CDI go to see Cavalia OdysseO!

November 15, 2013

We enjoyed a lovely evening of acrobats, gymnastics, singing, dancing and… horses! This is the last weekend of this incredible show at the National Harbor.

Nov 15 & 16 Julio Mendoza Clinic hosted by Southern Maryland PVDA

November 1, 2013

For more information go to their website: 

Auditing Registration and tentative rider list for the George Williams Clinic on Nov 23 & 24

October 29, 2013

Auditing is $30 per day including lunch. Please fill out our Auditor Registration Form. Registration deadline is Nov 18!

Our tentative list of riders are as follows:

Lisa Gruen
Barbara Strawson
Hallie Ahrnbrak
Esther Brimmer
Julie Gross
Carolyn Stearns
Kristen Ortt
Lori Willis
Alexa Derr


Coming soon… George Williams Clinic!

October 23, 2013


George Williams returns to CDI for his annual clinic on November 23 & 24.  Auditing is $30 per day and includes lunch. For auditing registration contact Nona at or 410-267-7174

CDI is founding sponsor of 2012 Global Dressage Festival

March 15, 2012
Ashley Holzer And Pop Art Shine At The $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***

At Global Dressage Festival
Ashley Holzer and Pop Art (photo:

Ashley Holzer and Pop Art

Presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute Wellington, FL – March 15, 2012- Ashley Holzer and Pop Art were the big winners of the FEI Grand Prix at the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic CDI***, presented by the Chesapeake Dressage Institute, held March 15-18 at the Global Dressage Festival (GDF)Stadium show grounds in Wellington, FL. Holzer and Pop Art garnered a score of 71.447% from the five international judges, enough to hold off Tina Konyot and Calecto V, who scored 70.191% for second place. Heather Blitz and the 10 year old Paragon finished third with a 70.128% gaining more strength and confidence with each outing. The big chestnut gelding performed well and Holzer seemed to be enjoying the ride. This is one of a long list of wins for Pop Art and this mother of three and coach for multiple amateur riders. Holzer can always been seen at shows, hopping from a Grand Prix win to make it to another arena in the national classes in time to coach a warm up and call a test for one of her students.

Holzer was on Canada’s bronze medal team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and represented her homeland in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Beijing Games. She represented Canada in the first World Equestrian Games in Stockholm in 1990 then in Jerez, Spain in 2002, Aachen Germany in 2006 and the World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1989 and Las Vegas in 2009. She also won team gold at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, and team silver at the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo.

Caroline Roffman and Pie (photo:

Caroline Roffman and Pie

The Prix St. Georges class was won by Caroline Roffman and Pie, who, with a score of 68.789%, narrowly beat Shawna Harding on Riggo with 68.526%.  Harding was all smiles, even after coming in second. “This is the first time he has been at this venue,” she stated. “He was really energized. Overall I think his performance was really good. He tried to stay with me even though he was a little distracted. His movements are spectacular. He’s a fantastic horse and he does really try.”

Imported in 2006, Rigo, a 2001 Hanoverian Gelding by Rotspon has excelled in Harding’s program. At 16.1 hands, this little powerhouse has already garnered several awards in his young career. Rigo accompanied Harding last summer along with her Grand Prix mount Come On III to Europe where they immersed themselves in training and competition.

Riders from the United States and several nations will be competing at the GDF. International competition on Saturday, March 17 features the FEI Intermediare I in the morning, and the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle class which will once again be held under the lights in the evening. Sunday, March 18 features the FEI Olympic Grand Prix Special and the FEI Intermediare Freestyle.

The best place to enjoy international competition at the GDF is in the Global Pavilion. There are a limited number of tickets available for tables where guests are treated to a breakfast buffet and lunch with an open bar. The Pavilion will also be open on Saturday evening during the Freestyle. A reserved table for 6 guests during the three days of international competition is $1,500. To make reservations, please call Annette Goyette at 561-784-1120.

For more information please visit the Global Dressage Festival website at:

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Friends of CDI celebrate Christmas

December 21, 2011

Chesapeake Dessage institute hosted their yearly Christmas party, with good munchies, much merriment and the gift swap

Erin Pittman Nutritional Seminar

December 17, 2011
Erin Pittman Nutritional Seminar

Erin Pittman Nutritional Seminar

CDI hosts 15 clinics in 2011

December 13, 2011

CDI hosted 15 clinics this season. Seven Uwe Steiner Clinics, our annual George Williams Clinic and seven Jan Brons Clinics

Linda Kaplan, Lisa Gruen, Jan Brons, Ruth Stokes and Angie Voss

Linda Kaplan, Lisa Gruen, Jan Brons, Ruth Stokes and Angie Voss

Jan Brons trains Kathy Armstrong on Retroz

Mike Norwood with Lucky

Mike Norwood with Lucky

Linda Kaplan with Scarlet  

Linda Kaplan with Scarlet

2011 La Fiesta Del Verano

August 13, 2011

Despite being postponed a week by Hurricane Irene, La Fiesta Del Verano proves to overcome mother nature and go on without a hitch!

2010 La Fiesta Del Verano

August 28, 2010


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