Dressage Can Be Fun at the Paragon CDI*** in Estes Park, Colorado

Here are some great ideas for shows across the country to add some fun to their event!

Isabella Smith gets creative for the costume class at the Paragon CDI*** in Estes Park, as the dressage version of Princess Leahphoto: Dr. Mike Tomlinson
Isabella Smith gets creative for the costume class at the Paragon CDI*** in Estes Park, as the dressage version of Princess Leahphoto: Dr. Mike Tomlinson

Manager Janet Foy and show Secretary Heather Peterson think that a dressage show should be fun! "Our goal is for the competitor, the grooms and all of the 'support' crew to have a good time" said Janet.  To that end, wonderful sponsors step up with their help!  Friday night was the revolving barn party.  Each barn brings food and drink and they all try to out do each other! One year featured a Margarita machine! Saturday night was a Fried Chicken Dinner sponsored by Dr. Susan Schneider. Over 60 people enjoyed the food, the beautiful Colorado evening and the conversation. The highlight was the costume class judged by Joan Maccartney, Gaby Armando and Dorie Vlatten-Schmitz.

The work out girls, motorcycle horse and Harley Davidson Labrador, and  Snowy the poodle gave the eventual winners a run for their money!  Isabella Smith and her brother Wilson, along with Pepe dressed as Princess Leah, Yoda and a storm trooper.


Dressage judges and officials lined up at the Paragon CDI*** for a photos session. Left to right in back : Hilda Gurney; Lois Yukins; Joan Macartney; Dr. Parmajeet Chopra and Dr. Mike Tomlinson. In front: Dorie Vlatten-Schmitz; Janet Foy; Nicho Meredith.




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