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Orlando Dressage has experienced many changes in the last few months.
Sadly, we lost Sarah Bartko to cancer. Sarah had been a big part of Orlando Dressage for decades. Sarah introduced me to Klaus Fraessdorf and Orlando Dressage. She was always my positive feed-back in difficult decisions, including the decision to purchase Orlando Dressage in 2008. She would fill any necessary position at the shows to insure that all went well. When Sarah became a USEF Technical Delegate, she was my first call for being our TD. She will be greatly missed. You can view our memorial to Sarah here.
And then many competitors were surprised when our cheerful show secretary, Sandra Trussell, chose to retire. Sandra is a dear friend and my right hand with the shows. I wouldn’t have purchased Orlando Dressage if Sandra hadn’t agreed to continue as the show secretary. I wanted to throw a retirement party at her last show, but Sandra requested that her retirement be kept quiet. Sandra and I worked together on finding the right person for the next show secretary and many talented names were mentioned for the position. Sandra and I both agreed that Carlie Evans was the right person. Carlie’s professionalism and caring spirit was the deciding factor. With Sandra’s guidance, Carlie took the show secretary reins at our June Dressage under the Oaks III show and did wonderfully.
Orlando Dressage is blessed with many caring people. They all work hard to insure you and your horse have the best possible show experience at our Orlando Dressage shows.