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Shelly Francis Dressage Clinic

  • June 22, 2024
  • June 23, 2024
  • Shannondale Farm 2395 Birmingham Rd, Milton, GA


  • Use this option to be part of the Drawing for riders on May 15th. You must be a GDCTA member to ride but you can apply to be part of the drawing and if selected you can join then.
  • One-day auditor fee, includes lunch.
  • One-day auditor fee, includes lunch.
  • Two-day auditor fee, includes lunch each day.
  • This one does not include stabling or haul-in fees.
  • This includes 2 rides and the facility use (or haul-in) fee for the weekend.
  • This includes 2 rides plus weekend stabling.


Our selected riders:

Casey Armistead

Jessica Davis

Sammi Hudock 

Stephanie Leahey 

Logan Stello 

Molly Boggs

McKenna Sykora 

Abi Kroupa

Julie Shannon

Linda Light


  • If you are logging in to pay, you can re-register - select your ticket type: rider + stabling or rider + haul in OR let us know at which you prefer and we'll set it up and email you the invoice to make it easy for you to pay online.
  • If you are adding auditors, you will also have to re-register or, again, let us know at to add them to your invoice. 
  • If your groom plans on staying the entire day they should pay an audit fee because we buy/order lunch. If they don’t pay an audit fee, we can’t keep track of who has paid for lunch and who hasn’t. If they plan to just come and help for your ride and don’t plan to stay all day and/or eating lunch, then they do not have to pay the audit fee.

Stabling is open at noon on Friday - schooling available from 1pm-7pm Friday.

Thank you!

GDCTA is pleased to host Shelly Francis, a long-time American A-squad Grand Prix rider, at Shannondale Farm in Milton, GA.

Shelly Francis is one of the few elite high-performance trainers in the U.S. with a long career as a successful international competitor aboard horses she has trained herself. Her long list of accolades includes representing the U.S. as an alternate at two Olympic Games, as well as making the U.S. teams for two World Equestrian Games, two World Cups, and many Nation Cups. Some of her most notable victories include her 4* Grand Prix Freestyle wins at Aachen in 2018 and at Hagen Horses and Dreams in 2019. 

Shelly’s talent extends beyond just training as her ability to teach riders is second to none. Shelly’s students range from green to international Grand Prix competitors. Shelly’s training focuses on teaching riders to be fair, clear, and effective to create a harmonious relationship with their horse.

After taking a brief showing hiatus the past couple of years to take the time to develop him, Shelly is excited to be now competing Dante, her own 17.3h black Hanoverian gelding by Danone I out of the same dam as Danilo. Shelly has high hopes for Dante and is looking forward to working towards exciting goals for the future.

Check out Shelly Francis’ winning performance aboard Danilo:


Riders must be GDCTA members:

·         $650 (both days)

·         Stabling available for the weekend at $150 or Facility use fee for the weekend (non-stabling) $100

·         Please email Abi Kroupa a brief paragraph about your horse and your riding - level, experience, etc.

Now accepting riders for the selection lottery!

All riders may apply! 

·         Riders must be GDCTA members (if you are not already a member, you may wait to be selected

          before you join)

·         Apply by May 15, 2024

·         Riders will be chosen by 'raffle' and will be contacted the by May 20, 2024

·         The price is $650 per rider (2 rides) and $150 for stabling for the weekend (or $100 to haul in).

·         Payment is due by June 1, 2024 (you may pay by "registering" for this event)

This clinic will offer 8 rider slots. Rider selection raffle will draw for:

·         2 juniors

·         2 adult amateurs

·         2 professionals 

·         2 "wild card" 

If we don't have enough applicants in any category, we will pull from the others, of course.

To be part of the rider raffle, register for the Rider Drawing, or email Caren Caverly with your name, category (JR/AA/Open) and riding level.

Auditors may register now.


·         $50 per day (includes lunch) 

·         $80 for the weekend (includes lunch)



EVEN Hotel Alpharetta (Avalon area)

2715 Old Milton Parkway

Alpharetta, GA 30009 

Phone: 770-869-2546 

Also, volunteers are needed for all events. Register if you want to volunteer (and earn hours toward the Liz Faso Memorial Volunteer of the Year program!) Sign up with Abi Kroupa ( or use the form on the Volunteer page (scroll down!)

Tickets are nonrefundable and are not eligible for voluntary refunds. However, the value of your ticket may be eligible to be applied toward the price of a ticket for another clinic. Riders will receive a refund if a replacement is found.

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