Internationally Recognized Dressage Competition to Benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation

The Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association (E.S.D.C.T.A. Inc.) and BFK Equestrian Enterprises, Inc. have teamed up to co-host the only internationally recognized dressage event in New Jersey. CDI*/CDI-Y/J Allentown will run concurrently with the BFK South Recognized Dressage Show, a nationally recognized dressage show. The event will benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF), a national non-profit organization headquartered in Springfield, New Jersey that supports research to develop effective treatments and a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. The event will run August 30 - September 1, 2002 at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, New Jersey.

Reeve, who became paralyzed during a 1995 equestrian competition, has been invited to serve as honorary chairman of the event. "We are excited to have this opportunity to promote spinal cord research and look forward to participating in this internationally recognized equestrian competition," says Reeve.

The event will feature three days of international-level dressage competition, along with an art exhibit and silent auction presented by the New Jersey Equine Artists Association (NJEAA), and a special "Moonlight and Music" benefit cocktail party featuring music by the John Bianculli Group.

Children's activities, hosted by the Monmouth County 4-H Horse clubs, include pony rides, a horseless horse show, a model horse show, face painting, and coloring. Exhibitions include a reining performance by Bryant Pace, leading national reining champion, and a freestyle "Pas de Deux" sidesaddle exhibition where two horses and riders perform to choreographed music.

CDI*/CDI-Y/J Allentown is the only internationally recognized dressage competition in New Jersey and will attract international level exhibitors. The line-up of Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) judges for this prestigious event include:

  • Cara Whitham, (I-CAN) - Manager Dressage, Human Medications, Athlete Assistance Program of the Canadian Equestrian Federation "Equine-Hippique Canada". Former Canadian Olympic Team Member.
  • Anne Gribbons (I-NY) -- Vice Chair of USA Equestrian Dressage Committee, Member of the USA Equestrian Licensed Officials Committee, Athletes Advisory Committee, National Nominating Committee, and Planning Committee.
  • Maryal Barnett, (I-MI) -- Member of Instructor/Trainer Council of USDF; well-known national judge and clinician.

    The event is sponsored by Diamond Legacy Breeding, Hoofprints Photography, and many other equestrian suppliers and corporations. It is recognized by the FEI, USA Equestrian and the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). "We're pleased to receive the CDI* distinction, and look forward to the opportunity to promote the equestrian sport of dressage, while bringing attention to spinal cord research," says Frances Crocco, President, E.S.D.C.T.A., Inc.

    Related Links
    Horsesdaily: Let's Show Christopher Reeve We Care
    Eastern States Dressage and Combined Training Association
    The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
    The New Jersey Equine Artists Association
    The Horse Park of New Jersey
    Horseback Riding for the Handicapped of New Jersey
    BFK Equestrian Enterprises