About the Chapter & Board Members
We are entirely a volunteer run chapter and are always looking for ways to better serve our members through clinics, lectures, workshops, scholarships and other chapter sponsored events. We welcome new members to Foothills Chapter and also at the Committee and Board level. If you would like to become a member of the Foothills Chapter of the California Dressage Society, please feel free to contact us, or go to California Dressage Society for a membership application and select Foothills as your chapter.
Northern California Director for CDS: Karen Nocket, (310) 463-6139, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ana Gilmour is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist, USEF ‘r’ Judge, and a USDF Certified Instructor through 4th Level. She began her career with an 8 year full time apprenticeship with two-time Olympian, Hilda Gurney. Ana trained in Wellington, Florida with Courtney King Dye and Lendon Gray from 2007-2010. She has been featured in numerous national and international publications and has trained horses and riders of all backgrounds including living on location in Spain, Jordan, Morocco and China. Her students are successful from Intro Level through Grand Prix. She is based in Loomis, California at Dr. Langdon Fielding’s farm of Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center. She is an also a talented musician and freestyle designer.
2021 Foothills Board Members
My name is Misty Sheldon. I am a wife and mother of two living in Garden Valley which is nestled in the foothills between Auburn and Placerville. I have been involved in Dressage for the past 10 years not as a rider but as equestrian mom. Our daughter, Savannah, has been learning and competing in dressage for the past 10 years and is also a Foothills Chapter junior member. I have experienced first hand how this being a young equestrian rider can impact and affect the trajectory of our juniors in their lives. They learn about commitment, patience, trust, hard work, disappointments, success and above all responsibility. Five years ago, Savannah was on the ultimate high competing at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals in Nampa Idaho. She earned a respectable 14th place. It was truly an amazing experience. Two years later we experienced her partner Zahra fell ill, causing Zahra to retire. Although devastated, It is because of the lessons she has experienced in Dressage that she was able to realize that this sport is her passion and with determination, commitment, love and hard work she continues to compete. This year she competed at the California Dressage Societies Junior Northern Championship where she earned a Reserve Championship. It is because of this that I have become more and more involved in the Foothills Chapter. I will spread awareness about how important this sport can be to adults, juniors and of course our trainers who are the foundation of all our riders. One of my favorite quotes is from Walter Zetti, “The goal of all dressage riding should be to bring the horse and rider together in harmony…. A oneness of balance purpose and athletic expression”, to me this is not only lesson dressage but this is the key to a successful life something we own sharing to others.
While I’m newer to the Foothills chapter, I’ve been learning dressage on and off for many years. With significant gaps in riding, I’m still a lower level adult amateur, but am enjoying the journey more than ever, now with my Lusitano mare Easter. As a former member of many organizations and boards, I learned early on that the best way to get involved is to do just that – get involved. I am very excited to serve as your chapter treasurer and remind all members that we are here for YOU and your horse. Please contact me or any board member if you have a need or ideas.
Prior to taking an early retirement, I served for twenty years as the treasury and investment manager for the City of Santa Rosa. There I was in charge of the day to day management of our $200 million portfolio. My treasury responsibilities included city-wide cash management and the broad banking needs of a large municipality. While our city was sizeable, I learned early on that even very small organizations carry the same fiduciary responsibilities and required attention to detail. It’s simply a function of how many zeros are after the dollar sign and I promise to manage our chapter’s assets with care.
Foothills Clinic & Show Chair
Insurance & Grants Chair
Awards & Sponsorships
Scholarship and Website Coordinator