Equine Educational Programs Set for Valentine's Weekend

Two educational programs for horsemen will be held together at Teikyo Post University, Waterbury, Conn., on Feb. 14 and 15, 2004. One program will be aimed primarily for young dressage riders and the other for professional equestrians. Both programs, however, will cover subjects that competitors, horse owners and parents should know and are open to anyone interested.

The first program will be the 2 nd Annual Weekend Educational Program, first organized by dressage Olympian Lendon Gray last winter in Bedford, N.Y. There will be a choice of two speakers and topics on showing and horse care for most sessions, aimed at young dressage riders. It will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with an evening speaker on Saturday.

The Financial and Risk Management Seminar will be conducted by Beth Clarke who is an equine lawyer and financial manager. Among her topics will be equine safety, liability releases, insurance, written agreements, business plans, time management, plus tax and estate planning. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Some of the speakers and topics for the Weekend Educational Program will include: farrier Colin Gaskell on leg/foot anatomy; “S” dressage judge Margaret Freeman on showmanship and rules; sports psychologist Dr. Leslie Weiss on anxiety management; nutritionist Mary Beth Gordon on new developments in feeding horses; veterinarian Dr. Ron Gaeta on equine diseases; Lendon Gray on warming-up; Beth Clarke on risk management; plus panels on being a Horse Show Mom/Dad, the European scene, competitor hints, and freestyles.

Admission for the Weekend Educational Program is: $20/day or $35/weekend for youth and $40/day or $75/weekend for adults if postmarked by Feb. 7; all fees $5 more after Feb. 7. The Financial and Risk Management Seminar costs $100/day, $180/weekend if postmarked by Feb. 7; $110/day, $299/weekend after Feb. 7. Both programs will be held in the Leever Student Center. Lunch and dinner can be purchased at the cafeteria. Space will be limited.

The two programs are being organized together by Dressage4Kids, Inc., and the Teikyo Post University Equine Program. For applications, further information and a list of host motels, contact Carole Baker at Teiko Post University, cbaker@teikyopost.edu , 203/596-4631, Lendon Gray at graydresge@aol.com or visit www.dressage4kids.com .

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