Burr Ridge, IL – Legacy USA Equestrian in Burr Ridge, IL is pleased to announce they will be hosting a clinic with U.S. Olympian Lendon Gray on April 28 and 29. All riders under the age of 21 should apply through the Emerging Dressage Athlete program on www.dressage4kids.com. “We are so excited to have Lendon coming to our facility,” stated Mary Lou Moskal, Director of Legacy USA. “The tie in with the Emerging Athlete Program is an educational opportunity rarely available in the Midwest,” she added. “At Legacy USA we are very dedicated to the education of the horse and rider, no matter the age or skill level. We like the horsemanship focus of the EDA program and Lendon’s approach to riding. I encourage any junior or young rider aspiring to improve their horsemanship skills to apply for the EDA program and attend Lendon’s clinic here in April.”
The Emerging Dressage Athlete program is a series of regional clinics developed by Lendon Gray and fellow U.S. Olympians Courtney King-Dye and Robert Dover, to find young talent and help bring them through the ranks to the level of international competitors and trainers. After the series of clinics, two youth riders from each clinic are chosen to go to a week-long camp in Florida to continue their education.
Lendon Gray has represented the U.S. in the Alternate Olympic Games of 1980, the Seoul Olympics in 1988, and the 1991 World Cup in Paris. Nationally, Lendon has won five gold medals at U.S. Olympic Festivals on five different horses of varying breeds, one of whom was 2005 USDF Hall of Fame inductee Seldom Seen, a 14.2 hand American-bred Thoroughbred/Connemara pony. As a teacher and instructor, Gray has provided an array of educational and competitive opportunities for youth through Dressage4Kids, which is Lendon's non-profit organization that provides educational and competitive opportunities for youth riders and the adults who support them.
For more information about the clinic, contact Linda Schultz, Director of Dressage Training and Instructor at Legacy USA Equestrian, at 630-863-1029 or Legacy USA 630-325-4230.