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President's Letter

Happy Fall!

This is my favorite time of year to ride! The weather is cooler, leaves are changing and the overall attitude of my horse tends to be more relaxed. I look forward to trail rides and then going to my local coffee shop for something warm to sip on and homemade pastries to munch on while my friends and I talk horses.

I cherish my “horse friends” as these relationships that you have with “horse people” are like no other relationship you will have in your life. Talking about your horse’s bathroom habits, your new horse gadget, how you are going to clip your horse, and discussing high profile riders might seem strange to your non-horse friend but normal to us “horse people.” These are friends you will have for life and will always be able to pick up right where you left off.

Be thankful for being able to sit on these magical creatures on a regular basis and also having “horse friends” that you can share those moments. Life is too short to not enjoy these amazing animals and friends!

Kick on!

Beth Bengala
2014 President

EDCTSA Scholarship Award

The EDCTSA scholarship Award is presented each year to one Senior and one Junior member. A topic is picked and all current EDCTSA members are eligible to participate in writing an essay based on the topic. The essays are judged by a outside party and the winning es-say’s writers receive $100 each to be used for extra lessons, clinics, new gear, educational material, etc.

Winners will be announced on 24 January 2015 at the Annual Banquet at Taberna Country Club, New Bern, NC

This years topic is: “How have horses changed my life?”

All entries must be postmarked by 31 December 2014. Include on a separate cover sheet in your envelope: Your Name, Jr or Sr Entry, Current Address, Good Contact Phone #, and reliable e-mail address. Mail all entries to: Shari Weiss-Riojas, Attn: EDCTSA Scholarship Entry, 267 Millis Rd, Newport, NC 28570. No e-mail or digital files will be accepted. Not responsible for missing or late entries so mail your entries early. You may verify that your entry was received - e-mail, call or text Shari, no sooner than 2 days after your entry has been mailed. E-mail address: and/or phone for call/text: 252-229-2089.

Good luck to all - get those thoughts/stories down on paper!

2015 Board Nominations

Become a part of the EDCTSA Board!
Your contribution can make a difference! Become an active
participant of our growing organization.

Submit your nominations for all positions to Any Current Board Member prior to the Annual Meeting on 4 January 2015.  All current and future members encouraged to attend to vote in your new EDCTSA Board!



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Annual Meeting
Sunday January 4th @ 2:00pm

All Members are encouraged to come!
Location: Home of Suzanne Richey
440 Shady Lane, New Bern
Please bring a dish to share!

2015 EDCTSA Membership Application
Renew before December 31st or join NCDCTA and receive a $5 discount!

Braggin' Rights!
Have something horsey related you want to brag about! One liners or pictures only. Gotta a new horse, took a great lesson, placed at a show, found a great new trail, whatever! Send an email with attachements to Libby Kachmor at Please put "Braggin' Rights" in the subject line.

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