It’s election season!
CTDA has three open spots on the board and three great candidates to fill the vacant positions.
Meet The Candidates:
My love of horses started pretty much when I could speak the word “horse” ☺ I was 5 years old when my grandparents in England let me ride on one of their farm horses thus starting my life long horse addiction! My parents bought me my first horse when I was in 7th grade, a little black Morgan. I showed him in jumpers and rode for the Air Force Academy Junior drill team. My riding slowed to almost a stop during high school and college, but re-started when I moved from Seattle, WA to Bozeman, MT in 1995. I bought an OTTB and showed him in hunter/ jumpers. Next came my event horse in 1997, a quarter horse named Dee Won Miss (barn name Allie) whom I had until 2007 when I moved to Tennessee. I bought my current horse, Weltwinn (Winnie) in 2000 at 2 years old. I still have her after 16 years. We started at Intro level in dressage and are now competing successfully at Intermediare 1. We’ve come a long way with clinics, coaches and many many lessons! She is my dancing partner!
I look forward to bringing my experience to CTDA: Many years of training on a budget and juggling working full time with showing and lessons. I have been a member of CTDA since 2013.
Sharon Wright Blandford
I was born in Kentucky and I started riding when I was nine years old mainly on my family’s thoroughbreds. I am currently a Freelance Marketing and Art Director. I have been actively involved with CTDA for the last six years. My daughter Emerson Blandford has been riding since she was four years old. She currently rides her two dressage horses, Cindy Lu Who and Hershi’s Special Dark, in Area 3 competitions. Emerson trains with Jessica Roberson Wright in Murfreesboro, TN.
I am pleased to be considered for a position with the CTDA Board of Directors.
My love of horses began at an early age and remained a consistent hobby throughout my childhood and into my teens. Though I began as a hunter/jumper I enjoyed many disciplines and began studying dressage when a riding injury sidelined me for quite some time.
After a successful career in the fashion and production industry I knew retooling my skills for a “second act” had to involve horses. So I went back to school to study equine health and welfare, specializing in massage therapy and rehab. From there I completed two internships in Lexington Kentucky at Kesmarc as well as with Dr. Monica Martins who specializes in rehab with Mimi Porter’s practice.
I traded my high heels for barn boots and couldn’t be happier! My husband and I relocated to a lovely farm property just south of Franklin in Santa Fe Tennessee two years ago and began building a house, a practice and a life. Currently we have no horses as we have no fences but that will come.
When first approached about a position on the board I was doubtful, only because my experience with dressage was so very long ago and not extensive. Why did I choose to become a member of CTDA? I like dressage as a discipline and from a therapists perspective it is one that uses the horse in the very best way possible. My history with CTDA is short, only having joined a little over a year ago but as is the norm for me I jump into something with both feet! I’ve enjoyed my involvement volunteering at shows, providing a silent auction item for last years awards banquet and generally getting to know everyone.
Please use the form below to select whether you feel each candidate will be a good edition to the CTDA board of directors. Thank you for voting!