Registration is now open for the Lendon Youth Dressage Festival Midwest, Thursday July 12 at Hampton Green Farm in Fruitport, Michigan. LYDF Midwest is a one-day version of the internationally acclaimed youth dressage festival held annually in New York by Dressage4Kids. This is the second year of the Midwest version, and this year's show is shaping up to be unforgettable! Special Guest Robert Dover--6 time US Olympian, former Canadian National Dressage Coach and co-founder of the EDAP program--will be on hand as the Wednesday evening dinner speaker and dressage commentator on Thursday. USEF "I" Judge Natalie Lamping will judge the Dressage Division, and many regional dressage trainers are planning to attend to assist and evaluate riders.
LYDF is open to all riders who turn 21 in 2012 and younger. The competition consists of three divisions: a written test based on the LYDF reading list; a dressage test, and an equitation test. Each Division is pinned separately, and a Grand Champion is named at the conclusion of all divisions. Special awards are presented for Best Turn-Out, Best Pony and Breed, Top Scoring Young Trainer, and more. The Competitor's Dinner on Wednesday evening featuring Lendon Gray and Robert Dover is open to the public. Tickets are $20.00--all proceeds to benefit Dressage4Kids.
The Michigan Regional EDAP clinic will be conducted the two days prior to LYDF Midwest (Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10-11), and all EDAP riders will be required to participate in LYDF. The Emerging Dressage Athlete Program (EDAP)--founded by Olympians Lendon Gray, Robert Dover and Courtney King-Dye--is a series of invitational clinics for youth riders of distinction held around the country. Riders must apply on-line at http://www.dressage4kids.com/Emerging%20Dressage%20Athlete%20Program.htm and submit a video. At the end of the year, the highest ranked riders will be selected to attend the week-long Robert Dover Horsemanship Week in Wellington, Florida.
LYDF Midwest Prizelist and Entry Forms are now posted at www.hamptongreenfarm.com. For more information about LYDF and EDAP, please call Hampton Green Farm at 231-865-6000, or visit www.dressage4kids.com.