Cindy Carpenter and Paddington

The Emerald Coast Chapter (ECC) is the oldest remaining chapter of DSDCTA.   Currently centered around the Ft Walton Beach, FL area, we have members ranging geographically from Navarre to Panama City.

Linda Boyles was the original founder and President of the Chapter.  Laurie Kelly is our only remaining charter member.

ECC's strength has always been in it's shows, which have run the gamut from two ring Dressage & Combined Test, to a Hunter Pace.  For the last decade or so the ECC has hosted two USDF recognized shows a year, featuring such well known judges as Anita Owen, Dr. Gahwyler, Renate Ruzich, Dr. Vlatten, Col. Burton, Brian Ross, Joan Humphrey, Thomas Poulin, Lazelle Knocke, Michael Mathews, and Gabor Foltenyi.

Our small show, tucked away in Northwest Florida received a warm, touching review from Ellen Dixon Miller in her USDF President's message in December of 1996.  While we've often felt isolated and “small town” compared to the high profile hustle and bustle of South Florida's dressage scene, Ellen pointed out a few of the things we may have taken for granted - the relaxed atmosphere and friendly competitive nature of our shows.  This feeling permeates our Chapter as well.

We invite you to join us and see for yourselves!