Jump-Start Your Spring Training - Dressage4Kids, Inc. 12th Annual Weekend Educational Program

Woodbury, CT – Once again Dressage4Kids, Inc. will present its annual Weekend Educational Program on February 1-2, 2014, hosted by Nonnewaug High School, 5 Minortown Road, Woodbury, CT. Riders of all ages and levels, parents, and trainers are welcome to attend. The Weekend Educational Program seeks to include everyone from the horse community, and the two-day event provides networking opportunities with fellow riders and trainers from multiple disciplines, and a chance to hear from top experts in a variety of equine-related fields. Take a look at the schedule to see the many excellent and helpful presentations you can learn from.

Some topics include: current research from hoof concussion to saddle/horse/rider interaction; saddle construction; anatomy and complimentary therapies, and biomechanics; Expert advice on improving riding skills and fitness; tips on horse safety; trailering horses; when to call the Vet., and helpful news on animal welfare – all important subjects. Specific talks will feature dressage training - from achieving straightness, to the best strategy for riding tests, the importance of correct rider position and use of cavaletti. Also covered is help with business planning, buying correct ‘gear’ for you and your horse, and emerging issues in the equine world – something of interest for everyone.

For the younger horse enthusiasts, there will be special study sessions to start preparing for the Youth Dressage Festival to be held July 11-13, 2014 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, NY. According to competitor Nathalie Ferneau, “To be a winner there you need to be a horsewoman and not simply a rider.” Georgia DiRoberto also commented, “I learned so much at the Youth Dressage Festival… such as studying for the written test could make all the difference. I learned that without a wonderful four-legged partner I have nothing, so above and before all, my pony comes first.”
Two-time Olympian Lendon Gray started the program 12 years ago. She explains why it is so important - “We spend so much time and effort focusing on our riding lessons - those 45 minutes in the arena - I think sometimes we forget the importance of everything else that goes into creating a successful horse and rider combination” she said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to spend some time off the horse learning not only about theory, but also about how to improve those other aspects of riding such as mental toughness, fitness, stable and horse management, plus good business skills.  We all work hard, so we owe it to ourselves to take advantage of opportunities like this to improve our abilities, in the ring and out.”

Spealers include Lendon Gray; Dr. Hilary Clayton, the McPhail Chair at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine; Margaret Freeman, USEF “S” Judge; Beth Clarke JD, former Director of Dressage for the USET, and many other top experts who will share their knowledge with you.  
DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS UNIQUE CHANCE TO LEARN MORE - go to the website www.dressage4kids.org to see details. Some early registrations are discounted and can be done online! For more details and a schedule of speakers, contact Susan Sieber, Event Coordinator, at ssieber@interstatelumber.com or at (203) 223-4261.