The 40th Annual Cornhusker Classic
L A N C A S T E R E V E N T C E N T E R • L I N C O L N , N E
Schooling Show Judge: Gwen Ka'awaloa "r" r/DSHB
Classic Judge 1: Dolly Hannon, “S”
Classic Judge 2: Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez, "S" R/DSHB
Classic I & II Technical Delegate: Joe Coleman
About our Judges
About our Facility
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About Our Judges
D O L L Y H A N N O N – " S "
A graduate from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Horticulture and a minor in Animal Science, Janet “Dolly” Hannon has trained and taught primarily dressage and combined training at Table Mountain Ranch in Golden, Colorado for over 30 years. She now teaches and trains at Legacy valley Farm in Arvada, Co. She is a USDF certified Instructor through Fourth Level with USDF Platinum and Diamond Diplomas for attendance at university programs, and is a USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist—with several students also attaining all three medals on horses they trained under Dolly’s guidance.
Dolly is a USEF “S" dressage judge, with additional training in Young horse, equitation, and Freestyle judging. She judges on average 27 shows a year across the US and Canada, and gives on average 20 clinics and educational programs per year across the country.
Chair of the USDF Freestyle Committee since 2011, Dolly has worked on that committee since 2006. She is also a former member of the USDF Judges Committee, and helped develop and rewrite the USDF continuing education program for “L” graduates and judges on the judging of freestyles.
Dolly is also a USEF “R” judge in Western Dressage and helped revise the 2017 WDAA tests. She taught the first WDAA judges group apprentice program in 2015.
D E B B I E R I E H L - R O D R I G U E Z – " S " R / D S H B
Debbie has been teaching, training and judging dressage since 1973. A graduate of Meredith Manor School of Horsemanship, Debbie lives in Golden Colorado but travels extensively around the U.S. and Canada judging and teaching clinics. Debbie is a USEF "S" judge, "R" sport horse breeding judge and a member of the USDF "L" faculty for judges training. Still an active competitor, she has won numerous Horse of the Year awards both nationally and locally from Training Level through Grand Prix. Debbie enjoys teaching all levels and working with all breeds. As well as various warmbloods, she has trained and shown Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, Andalusians, Morgans, Friesians and even Saddlebreds. She has trained several horses through Grand Prix and has earned her USDF bronze, silver and gold medals. Debbie is also a USEF Western Dressage Judge and teaches at the WDAA annual seminar for judge training.
G W E N K A ' A W A L O A – " r " R / D S H B
Gwen is a USEF Licensed "r" judge and "R" sport horse judge, as well as a "r" Western Dressage judge. She is a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level, and is a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist as well as a AHSA Hunt Seat Medalist.
Riding since 8 years old, Gwen has spent the last 35 years concentrating on improving knowledge and riding skills, working with several well-known clinicians and trainers. In 2012, she trained and competed a horse to Grand Prix, and now she is working on upgrading her judging credentials.
As a trainer and instructor, she strives to help both the horse and rider to enjoy the journey of dressage through positive reinforcement and clear, achievable goals. Gwen's students have earned their Bronze and Silver medals as well as Rocky Mountain Dressage and USDF Year End Awards. Students include Junior/Young Riders in both Dressage and Eventing, several of which have qualified and attended the Junior/Young Rider Championships. Adult Amateur Riders compete in both Dressage, Eventing and Western Dressage.
"As a judge, I enjoy watching horses and the training needed to perform a quality test. When a horse and rider demonstrate harmony and skill I am thrilled to give that high score. It is a pleasure and privilege to judge horses and riders."
Lancaster Event Center - Lincoln, NE
The many exciting changes to the Lancaster Event Center for this year’s Cornhusker Classic are promising to be an event you will not want to miss. From newly added amenities for competitors and upgraded lodging for the horses, the Classic is prepared to be the show of the season.
General Store in the stall area!
Since 2016, Pavilion 2 now hosts a convenient General Store concessions location to serve competitors. Centrally located and featuring expanded hours to meet the needs of those caring for their horses in the stalling area, visitors now can order shavings, camping, rubber stall mat rentals, and Nixall disinfectant alongside their bottled beverages, snacks, and hot food items. Additional concessions locations, all upgraded and redecorated in the past year, are located in Pavilion 3, adjacent to Amy Countryman, and next to the Multi-Purpose Arena with hours custom-designed around each class.
Lots of stalls on dirt—plus stall mats available!
There will be excellent availability of stalls on dirt as the Cornhusker Classic has reserved the entire grounds for our 2016 Memorial Day weekend show. Double (20’ x 10’) stalls are available for just $60/ night (compared to $40 for a single stall). Portable interlocking rubber stall mats are also available to rent for your stay and don’t forget that all stalls will be professionally disinfected before our show begins.
Arena footing continues to excel under new management. The Lancaster Event Center’s new Kiser DragMaster equipment offers consistent depth and prevents ridges from forming. Additional sand is being added as needed, and a rock removal service is hired just before horse show season begins each year. Trained footing specialists are now scheduled to be available during shows to work the arena under show management’s guidance, and show management has a walk-through scheduled prior to the Classic to allow for any last minute adjustments to moisture content. Footing in the two show arenas and two full-size warm-up arenas are of the same composition and will be worked in the same way to ensure consistency.
We Need Volunteers!
Whether you are planning to ride in this year’s Cornhusker Classic or come watch a friend, there are many opportunities for you to get involved as an NDA volunteer at the Classic this year. We have steadily grown each year and we need your help to make this event a success. We have always received compliments from outside competitors on the graciousness of our staff and we want to continue to uphold that image.
As a show volunteer at the Classic you will be able to get to know your fellow dressage enthusiasts and gain the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution of time has been invaluable in helping NDA put on a dressage competition that we can all be proud of. This year, we want the Classic to be a reflection of how much growth NDA has experienced, which means we have the need for more volunteers than ever.
Please mark your calendar for May 26-28, 2017, and e-mail one of our Volunteer Coordinators (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)to indicate your interests and times available. All volunteers donating 4+ hours of their time will receive a free 4-th anniversary show t-shirt. We would very much like one more person to help with volunteer coordination, too.
Learn more about the different volunteer jobs we have available:
>> VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
40 reasons to be a part of our dressage community at the 40th Annual Cornhusker Classic!
1. Indoor facility (Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Nebraska).
2. Great judges (Dolly Hannon, Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez, and Gwen Ka’awaloa).
3. World renowned show secretary, Anne Sushko!
4. Quality dressage footing in show and warm-up arenas.
5. High Score trophies for NDA members.
6. Champion and reserve rosettes and prizes.
7. Ribbons first through sixth places by division.
8. Special 40th anniversary giveaways.
9. Commemorative stemless wine glass with your entry.
10. Hang out with dressage aficionados like yourself.
11. Friday schooling show for warm-up or to get new horses some quality experience.
12. 2017 USDF Breeders Championship Midstates Series “breed show” Saturday and Sunday.
13. Qualifying show for 2017 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Riders Championships presented by Gotham North.
14. Onsite pony measurement and an opportunity to qualify for the 2017 USEF Pony Rider Dressage Championship.
15. Qualify for the 2017 AGCO/USEF Junior and Young Rider Dressage National Championships.
16. New! Your young rider can qualify for the 2017 USEF Children Dressage National Championships.
17. Your young horse can qualify for the 2017 Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage Championships.
18. Qualifying classes available to qualify for this year’s 2017 Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Championships, held in nearby Maffitt Lake in Cumming, Iowa.
19. Up your game and compete in the 2017 USDF/Dover Adult Medal Program!
20. Two Level 3 Dressage Competitions over a holiday weekend, allowing you a day to relax at home.
21. Wind down at our Competitor’s Reception & Awards Saturday night.
22. Did we mention your free drink at the Competitor’s party?
23. Complete your six-hour NDA volunteer requirement all in one weekend!
24. Free 40th anniversary t-shirts for volunteering four or more hours.
25. Nearby affordable hotel options or camping onsite.
26. USEF Rider Test and Equitation classes.
27. Para Test of Choice and Freestyle classes.
28. Opportunity classes that do not require expensive memberships.
29. USEA Eventing Test of Choice class.
30. Enjoy watching freestyle programs set to music!
31. Feedback from “S” (Senior) judges trained to judge national competitions.
32. Centrally located show with easy access on Interstate 80 or Highway 77.
33. Fun memories and possibly bragging rights!
34. Decadent onsite concessions (just kidding, but it’s really pretty good!).
35. Friendly volunteer show management team.
36. Immerse yourself in horse-y smells . . .
37. Order Cornhusker Classic 40th Anniversary gear.
38. Cheer on your friends—old and new!
39. Relive memories from your equine glory days.
40. Make new memories with your dressage horse!
And if you want to plan for 2018...
Cornhusker Classic Schooling Show: May 25, 2018
Cornhusker Classic I & II: May 26-27, 2018
Schooling Show Judge: Nena Denman "r" R/WD
Classic Judge 1: Susan Mandas, “S” R/DSHB
Classic Judge 2: Creeky Routson, "S" r/DSHB, R/WD
Classic I & II Technical Delegate: Nena Denman
Location: Lancaster Event Center, Lincoln, NE