Saugerties, NY – Since 1999, riders ages four through 21 have gathered to compete in the multi-faceted competition of the Youth Dressage Festival, the flagship of Lendon Gray’s non-profit organization Dressage4Kids. The Youth Dressage Festival furthers Dressage4Kids’ mission of crafting true horsemanship in the future generations of high-performance dressage. Dedicated sponsors who share the organization’s mission, such as The Horse of Course, stepped up to help make this year’s Youth Dressage Festival— held on August 12-14 at the HITS-On-The-Hudson show grounds in Saugerties, New York— a success.
The Horse of Course is a premier full-service tack shop led by CEO Beth Haist. The company has been a longtime supporter of dressage competitions across the United States. Although based in Claremore, Oklahoma, The Horse of Course is outfitted with a traveling mobile unit that is always on the move, and was a popular attraction this past weekend at the HITS-On-The-Hudson show grounds. The Horse of Course is known for its collection of fashionable and functional equestrian gear offered at affordable prices.
As an official sponsor of the Youth Dressage Festival, The Horse of Course donated polo wraps and embroidered saddle pads to the top placing ten riders of each of the 25 divisions. The event saw over 325 young riders compete in three phases— a written test, an individual dressage test, and a group equitation ride. When not displaying their talent in the saddle, competitors were also taking part in in-hand classes such as the Handler Class and Judging Sport Horse Conformation Class. The youth also had the experience of practicing their vet jogs for feedback.
The Horse of Course was delighted to sponsor the event, and enjoys constantly giving back to the sport of dressage to benefit all ages and levels of riders. Molly Lane, the Sponsorship Coordinator of Dressage4Kids and the Youth Dressage Festival, said, “I cannot thank The Horse of Course enough for their wonderful support of this unique and extremely popular event. On behalf of all of us on the committee, thank you!”
After rewarding the developing riders at the Youth Dressage Festival, The Horse of Course now continues to travel to equestrian events across the country. Next up will be several of the Great American Insurance Group/United States Dressage Federation Regional Championships. First, the Horse of Course will travel to the Region 4 Championships in Mason City, Iowa, then to the Region 1 in Williamston, North Carolina, and finally to Region 8 back in Saugerties, New York. The Horse of Course will also return to the hotly anticipated Dressage at Devon in Pennsylvania this year, as the company has been a loyal supporter of this show for over a decade.
The Horse of Course is dedicated to providing riders with the highest quality products at affordable prices, and the company’s knowledgeable staff is skilled in all areas of horse tack. The Horse of Course has an impeccable reputation for finding the perfectly fitting bit for horses, and also has professional saddle fitting, flocking, and repair services available.
To see the company’s full mobile schedule and for more information on the services and popular brands available at The Horse of Course, such as Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passier, and Sommer, visit www.TheHorseofCourse.com.