Danville, VA - Winning your division is special enough, but then being awarded a saddle on top of that is the icing on the cake. Custom Saddlery, makers of handcrafted custom-fit dressage, jumping and event saddles and sponsor and maker of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association’s (IDA) official saddle, awarded saddles to the four Individual Competition winners at the IDA Nationals. Natasha Sprengers-Levine, riding for the University of Vermont, won the First Level class. Samantha Cooper, from the College of Central Florida, placed first in Upper Training, Training Level Test 3. Samantha Burke, of Johnson & Wales University, won the Lower Training, Training Level Test 1, and Virginia Intermont’s Kelly Barnes took home the honors in the Introductory Level. Additionally, Virginia Intermont won the team competition, and all four members won saddles as well: Courtney Vessel, Nick Martino, Bailey Halverson, and Kelly Barnes, who ended up with two saddles!
The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Nationals, held April 12-13, 2014, were hosted by Averett University at the Old Dominion Agricultural Center in Danville, VA.
The IDA began in 1995 as an informal competition among a small group of colleges and secondary schools in the northeast. The rapid international growth of dressage inspired greater development within college and secondary school riding programs. This led to an increase in participation and interest in a more formally constructed national organization which quickly grew to include riders from all over the US and Canada. In 2003, the IDA became a college-only organization.
Cary Wallace, President and Master Saddle Fitter at Custom Saddlery, is proud to support the IDA and its athletes. “These young riders are the future of dressage,” she says. “We’re glad to provide them with saddles which will help them achieve their goals.”
Advantage saddles are made with all over soft, supple buffalo leather, giving them an instant broken-in feeling, or soft, supple cowhide on the skirts and flaps with grippy tactile cowhide on the seat and knee rolls. The deep, supportive seat puts riders in the correct position without restriction.
Custom Saddlery's long history of support to its dressage community has resulted in various sponsorship such as recognizing “Most Valuable Riders” throughout the prestigious Florida winter circuit including the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and Gold Coast Dressage series. Based in Aiken, South Carolina, Custom Saddlery provides countless ways to customize a saddle specifically for an individual horse and rider’s needs and preferences. Saddle fitting services and accessories are also available. For more information about Custom Saddlery, visit www.mysaddle.com or call 1-800-235-3865.