CDS Santa Cruz Chapter presents

The Coastal Classic I & II
July 22 &23-24, 2011
Recognitions USEF * CDS * USDF 

Join us for some Hot Dressage on the Cool Coast!

Welcome to our chapter's premiere event!  
We aim to showcase dressage for our community and host a special event for dressage competitors. Spectators are welcomed at no cost throughout the weekend to appreciate the beauty of horses 
and enjoy the hospitality of the Santa Cruz Chapter.


2011 Premium


CC1 (Friday)

CC2 (Sat/Sun)


Complimentary proofs for all competitors at

25% off for orders placed by July 31!

Directions to the Showgrounds:
1177 Buena Vista, Watsonville CA 95076

Electric gate, push black button to open for entry and exit, gate is
only open for 30 seconds. If you don't see the car, wait to open it again!! Contact show secretary if you need early/late access code.

We encourage freestyles and host the California Cup, a stakes class that recognizes excellence in a combined open/freestyle score average. 

In addition to the California Cup, we offer many special awards for horse and riders, an often WILD costume class, daily high score awards for all rider divisions, and many perpetual trophies help make this a memorable show. 

Wine tasting from local Santa Cruz County vintners is always very popular, and truly amazing and excellent healthy food on grounds and specialty offerings like new jam tasting surprises and pairings from Serendipity Spreads adds to the fun. This year we are adding amenities for riders including a Spa Tent! Come enjoy a massage or chiropractic session.

Because we have succeeded in creating a very special event, it generally fills early and is often oversubscribed.  We follow USEF rules in taking complete entries in order received as spelled out in the premium and have an early closing date so entry status is known to all well in advance of the show. 

We draw spectators to dressage! Community and competitors enjoy watching the rides while sampling good food and wines.


2011 Officials: 

  Judges: July 22: Eleanor Stine-Masek (S), Arizona
                           Vicki Matisi (R ), Watsonville, California

              July 23: Stine-Masek & Curry-Shaffer (S)
              July 24: Sue Curry (S), California
                           Heidi Gaian (R ), Hollister, California

  Technical Delegate: Melinda Hallmark, CA "r" DTD
  On Saturday both judges will officiate most classes. 
  Additional judges may be used if needed.

   Manager/Secretary during show:
   Sarah Miles 831-251-9871
   Link to Email Show Management

   Advertising/Website: Anne Howard 831-247-5584
     Download Sponsor Brochure (.PDF)

    Volunteer Coordinator: Diane Nell (email link)

Photo Galleries of previous shows: 













     Photo proofs online at

Come join us for another fabulous celebration of Dressage on the Coast!

"Thank you again for hosting such a fabulous show, my horse and I had a great time. The weather and food were great and I can't remember when I had such fun." -Amateur Competitor

"Great footing, cool weather, fun to watch and ride. And an audience to ride for too! Wow!" - FEI competitor

"I love the fabulous wine tasting - its fun to have a show that encourages you to sit back and watch the event." - Spectator

"I'm so inspired to go do my first freestyle!" - Spectator

"Seeing this show several years ago inspired me to start riding dressage, and now I'm doing  it!" - Amateur competitor

"Awesome awards - its such a fun show to attend!" - Trainer

Highlights this year include:
  • California Cup Competition 
    Do your best! Your best Freestyle score and your best open score at the same level make your entry for this class, prize money pooled for all levels, 1st through Grand Prix: $1000 plus add back for each entrant in the class, top 3 finishers divide the purse 50%, 30%, 20%.

  • Our "Anything Goes" Costume Freestyle, held Sunday afternoon after the more serious recognized rides are done - a crowd favorite with "I can't believe they did that" entries; test criteria here

  • Exciting rides to music, freestyles and compulsory tests at all levels
  • Wine tasting  Offered Friday, Saturday & Sunday afternoons: $10 for 3 tastings, engraved commemorative wine glass to keep.

  • Mounted awards ceremony Sunday afternoon: California Cup top 3, High score of show, and High score Freestyle, and Costume Class top 3 are asked to attend mounted.

  • Breakfast and coffee each morning; great catering offering wonderful food throughout the day

  • And the rest of the open show entertainment!

    Costume Class Pas De Deux - The Cowgirls go Dancin'

Above, 2004 Costume Class Winner Cathleen Carr "Little Mermaid"

Three Chimney Sweeps presented an awesome Pas De Trois

Champion 4th level California Cup: Tanya Vik on Divinity3

Scenes from previous years - come be a part of the tradition of a fun show with good DUST FREE footing and no sweltering weather!


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Composed by A Howard 5/12/08