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.
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.
2020 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.
It all started at the age of 5 years old when my grandparents bought me a Shetland pony, for my 5th birthday. I remember when they showed up with their cab-over-camper, with the pony in the back. A palomino pony I named Cecil and from that point on, I was hooked. Having been raised on a Cattle Ranch “The Lazy JC” with my Dad in Calaveras County while my Mom had a ranch called “Crystal Arabians” in the Bay Area, it was clear that horses have always been in my blood. I worked as a groom at several stables as an adolescent working with youngsters until they were ready to go into full training. I eventually decided to pursue a career with my Engineering degree in Electronics and worked for Lockheed Martin in the Bay Area for 11 years. During my years in engineering I rode just for pleasure, while raising my daughter who was also destined to ride. At 5 years old, she also got her first pony and the rest was history. After I moved to Sacramento and jumped into the Mortgage Industry in hopes to have more control over my time to spend with my family, my daughter and I began riding and competing together. I’m still living the dream, taking my dream horse Charleston, an Oldenburg gelding (Holsteiner – sire Conquistador/Thoroughbred) through 4th level under the teaching of Colleen Reid while getting to ride with my daughter. Every day we get to learn, love and laugh together.
Foothills Clinic & Show Chair
Junior Fundraising Chair/Volunteer Coordinator
Insurance & Grants Chair
Awards & Sponsorships
Scholarship Chair/ Adult Fundraising Chair/ Website Coordinator