crossroads dressage & combined training society

Rita Dunn is a USDF Certified Instructor T-2. She formerly a NAHRA Certified Instructor for both physical and cognitive disabilities. Rita has earned Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. In 2004 she purchased D Grande Finale as a lightly started 3 year old gelding and has showed successfully through Grand Prix. Rita ran her own riding school for able bodied students as well as being head instructor and facility manager for Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program for 35 years.

2017 CDCTS board members

Melissa McKenzie, Parliamentarian

Carolyn Ordal,  Alternate  Contact Carolyn

Christina Cardenas, Vice President

Rebecca Brown,  Webmistress  Contact Rebecca 

"I was born in Memphis, TN but traveled a bit because I caught the last part of my Dad's Naval career. When I was four, my dad promised me a horse. I never let him forget it! I nagged until the age of twelve where one night we went to the local horse dealer and bought a green broke three year old. This could have been a disaster but turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. We grew up together. My parents didn't believe in lessons. You learned on your own. We had a farm so we were isolated from any stables or instructors. We rode across cotton fields and jumped gullies. I didn't have a formal lesson until I joined the Equestrian Club at UT and had Liz Green as an instructor. I rode on the equestrian team as a point rider. I have a BS in agriculture and we bought a farm. I realized I wasn't making enough money to support my horse habit so I went back and got a degree in nursing. During this time I spent nearly ten years in the Army National guard and ended up as the commander in Harriman. I have run barrels, ridden western pleasure, jumped, hunted with the TN Valley Hunt but my greatest love has been dressage! I'm wanted to ride well in dressage since I was a teenager! My kids are grown and I'm not too far from retirement so I have more time to devote to riding. I hope to improve with every year and support dressage and combined training by working with CDCTS for a little long time!"  -Jean

Susan Price, President 

Kaylen Moon, Editor for The Crossing Newsletter Contact Kaylen 

Diane Carlson, Alternate  Contact Diane

Jean Sullivan, Treasurer

Crossroads Dressage and Combined Training Society was born from a need for higher education and growth within the East Tennessee equestrian community. Download our February 2015 newsletter to read about our extensive history.

Carol grew up on a small farm in western Alberta and had her first pony, a tough Shetland-Welsh pony cross, when she was seven years old. Apparently at the age of three or so she announced that all the four-legged animals (including cattle, sheep, goats and the occasional deer) she saw in fields were horses and cried when she couldn’t have them all. This was the start of her successful four-year campaign to get her first horse and the start of a life-long equine love affair. She had to give up horses during her early Army career, as the Army didn’t pay her enough to afford board and the costs of moving them every few years when a posting change happened. She prevailed however, reacquiring horses after a 15-year hiatus, and has had horses ever since. She continues to enjoy the company of horses and has one OTTB, Dexter. While in the Army, she met and married the love of her life, Eric, and now resides in West Knox County.

Melissa McKenzie has been a member of CDCTS for over 10 years, and has served on the board in various capacities for most of that time. She is an active dressage trainer, competitor, and coach, working out of her own Runaway Farms in Kingston TN. Melissa enjoys working with all types of horses and ponies, and focuses most of her time on training young horses and working with problem horses. She has 2 wonderful client horses; Dusters Legacy (Pilgrim) owned by Mary Sivley, who she hopes to debut at 3rd level this year, and Ebony Von Grace (Ebony) owned by Gwen and Jamie Hilla, who will be showing 2nd level this year after competing at Regional Championships at 1st level in 2014. Both horses started training with Melissa because of training problems, and have become consistent and competitive dressage horses with correct, classical dressage work.  Melissa trains regularly with JJ Tate.

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Ashley Phillips, Alternate  Contact Ashley

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Susan Price has been active with CDCTS for over 15 years and has been instrumental in organizing clinics and symposiums with JJ Tate, Janet Foy, Cindy Sydnor, Lendon Gray and Lilo Fore for the club.  Susan and her husband, Greg have a small farm in Mascot, TN that they share with their horses: Cowboy, Serenade, Ike and Cooper; their border collies Keeper and Sweet Pea, and the newest addition to their family - a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy named Daisy.  In addition to riding, Susan enjoys gardening and working outdoors, baking and fostering dogs for East TN Border Collie Rescue.

Rita Dunn, Member at Large

Carol Mitchell, Secretary