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"We had a terrific training session at Oak Hill Farm in Illinois. There was once again a nice balance of U.S.-bred and imported horses," said USEF Young Horse coach Scott Hassler. "It was great to see riders I have worked with in the past with new horses as well as meeting some new professionals." The two-day training session held April 27-28 featured 11 horses between the ages of four and six. "The camaraderie, passion, and learning that went on there, in one short weekend, was inspirational," said participant Jessica Starck. "The passion Scott has for what he does, the love he has for the horse, and the knowledgeable creative approach he has to teaching is extremely prevalent. We all agreed we are proud to have him represent us." The open training session was attended by breeders, horse owners and local young horse enthusiasts, and their enthusiasm was not missed by Hassler.
"Participation from the auditors was also very strong which reaffirmed to me that this central area of our country is very dedicated to the development of young dressage horses." In addition to two days of mounted lessons, participants enjoyed discussions with Hassler, including an evening session with tapes from the World Young Horse Championships.
Dressagedaily's Mary Phelps, Equine and Farm specialist from Markel was on hand well with giveaways each day. Barrington Saddlery, a big part of the local equestrian community was also visible with a large display of products for shopping. Amy Lewis, resident dressage trainer at Oak Hill was commended on the stellar job done by her and her team, providing coffee and breakfast food, and a full lunch for all participants.
"Overall there was nice quality riding and I have a good feeling I will see some of these combinations at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships in August," added Hassler.
Participants in this training session included:
- Megan McIsaac/Elbricht (Tietse 428 x Tetske Van De Amelse Hoeve/Folkert 353)/4/Susan and Rick Neipert/Susan and Rick Neipert of Meadow's Gait Friesians
- Jenna Strauss/I'm Full of Stuff (Pascal De Pau x Plush Stuff/Unknown)/5/Jenna Strauss/Gene and Noelle Carlier of Les Chevaux De Carlier
- Martin Kuhn/Endeavor (Armani x Ulinda M/Gribaldi)/4/John Gerlt, Jennifer Quirk, and Allison Gerlt/C.F. Van Mook
- Jessica Starck/Lisandro (Lintas x Oregon Laurel/Lacoste)/6/Mary Lou Starck/Cheryl Kellerman of Michigan Sport Horses
- Linda Schultz/Dauntless B (Dacaprio x Liandra/Linaro)/4/Linda Schultz/Bridlewood Hanoverians
- Amanda Johnson/Dalakarlian (Coconut Grove x Pelusa/Lester)/5/Kaye-Eileen Willard and Bethany Willard Seeboth/Kaye-Eileen Willard and Bethany Willard Seeboth
- Amy Lewis/Sir Steinerman (Stedinger x Donnabella/Don Primero)/5/Amy Lewis/Marlace Hughes
- Patricia Becker/Freedom (Feuri x Windjammer/Walk On Top)/6/Anne Ramsay/Barbara Cadwell of Annie B Farm
- Ken Borden/Tiamo's Royal Reid (Tiamo Trocadero x EM Danina/Davignon)/4/Ken Borden/ Karin Offield of Offield Farms
- Ken Borden/Raybol (Raymeister x Paradel/Parabol)/5/Ken Borden/Ken Borden
- Kara Kush/Davanna (Rousseau x Savannah/Welt Hit II)/5/Kara Kush/Ada Van De Kolk
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