Bedford, NY –The 16th annual Dressage4Kids’ Weekend Equestrian Program will have a new look this year. As before, Dressage4Kids is sponsoring this event, but it is open to all ages and all disciplines of riding, with presentations from experts bringing the latest information on subjects that affect horses, their training, and health.
Still on January – 27- 28, 2018, due to construction at Nonnewaug High School, this year the popular weekend event will be held at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, CT (exit 18 off I-84).
An additional part of the new look are the ‘tracks’ being offered – some new ideas and some returning ones. On Saturday, January 27, USEF “S” Judge Margaret Freeman will explain and discuss the new Eventing tests for 2018 – this is a ‘not to miss’ seminar for anyone who will be competing next year. Saturday also sees a return of Lendon Gray’s Intructors/Trainers Track, which is an invaluable tool for professionals to exchange ideas and gather new insights into the best way to help their students.
On Sunday, January 28, the annual Judges Forum will, as in past years, be led by USEF “S” Judge Margaret Freeman. This is great chance to discuss and observe finer points of judging and allocating correct marks. The Judges Forum is USDF accredited and counts towards continuing education requirements for USDF L Graduates. Also on Sunday, those who would like to volunteer at shows have a great oportunity to attend a NEDA Volunteer Workshop which offers training and insights into the various jobs necessary on the day! Remember, without the volunteers many of the competitions could not take place, so anyone interested should plan to attend - you ARE really needed to keep our equine sports alive!
Also new on both days – Horses 101 will cover many important basics of horse care and riding. If you would like to know more about these subjects, this could be for you! A practical task will be included in each segment and is ideal for young audiences, but open to all who want to gain more knowledge. Subjects will range from What Your Horse is Telling You; Digestion – From Whiskers to Tail; Equine Parasites; ID your Horse - Breeds, Colors and Markings; plus Building Your Own Barn, and Importance of Safety In and Out of the Barn. For riders - Riding the Tests and Prix Caprilli – will offer both a presentation and doing the test on your feet! Also, a ‘Stations Quiz’ with a variety of visual questions will test your knowledge – a prize for the highest score in both Junior and Senior sections will be awarded. So come along and challenge yourself – you can try several times if you want!
On both days there will be speakers from previous years, including Lendon Gray, Ann Guptill, Rachael Greene-Lowell, Bonnie Stetson, Maureen Pach, and ‘Centered Riding’ tips with Jami Wallace. New this year – Sarah Geikie on How to Improve your Test Scores; Dr Johanna Kremberg – Drug Testing 101; Megan Lutz – Yoga and Wellness (both days); and Dr. Joan Smyth – Diagnostics, Lyme Testing and Tick Control. The veterinarian for the USA Jumping Team, Dr. Wade Tenney from Tufts Veterinary School, will talk on ‘Lameness Evaluation’ and ‘Being a Team Veterinarian’. Other speakers may be added and a Judges Panel is planned.
The Weekend Equestrian Program draws horse people from many states, along with colleges and Pony Club groups. It’s a great way for horse lovers of all ages and skill levels to spend a winter weekend gaining knowledge from experts and professionals – and all under one roof. More information about the final schedule will be available online closer to the date. Check www.dressage4kids.org or contact Susan Sieber, Event Coordinator, at email@example.com or at (203) 223-4261.
Dressage4Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated for the express purpose of providing educational and competitive opportunities for youth riders and the adults who support them.