After a large volume of applications and many strong contenders, the horse and rider pairs have been selected to participate at the 2018 New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Fall Symposium with triple Olympic Gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin CBE of Great Britain. Nearly sold out, almost 1,600 tickets have been sold for the two-day event at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center in South Hadley, MA, on October 13-14.
A preliminary selection of horses and riders was made by a panel of two "S" judges and one "R" judge. Charlotte then made the final decision as to which combinations will ride under her direction at the Symposium. Seven horse/rider combinations will be featured each day in 45 minute sessions, highlighting the progression of training through the levels. Young horse sessions will have two horses in the ring simultaneously, with different horses featured each day.
"We received a lot of great applications which made it tough for our judges panel to narrow down the list," said NEDA President Phyllis LeBlanc. "Charlotte has chosen the final horse and rider combinations, ensuring a fantastic educational experience for all of us!"
Horses and Riders participating in this year's NEDA Symposium:
Young Horses: 4 & 5 year-olds
Ashley Madison of Chesapeake City, MD and "Denali" (Saturday)
Louisa-Marcelle Eadie of Sherman, CT & "My Metal Waverly" (Saturday)
Cara Klothe of Northampton, PA & "Shurreal" (Sunday)
Amanda Gervais of Standish, ME & "Erdstern" (Sunday)
Elini Econopouly of Rhinebeck, NY & "Fillharmonic"
Micaela Mabragana of North Salem, NY & "Fleur"
Fourth Level / Developing Prix St George
Linda Currie of Hollison, MA & "Frost T"
Prix St George / Intermediaire-I
Koryn Doolittle of Bantam, CT & "Don Giovanni"
Intermediaire-II / Grand Prix
Hope Cooper of Concord, MA & "Don Diamond"
Each day prior to the start of the Symposium and during the lunch break, there will be lectures on various topics by veterinarians from Miller and Associates and Atlantic Equine Services. After the last ride, there will be a 15-minute moderated question & answer period with Charlotte, after which she will do a book signing for 100 ticketed people. Tickets are free and maybe picked up at the Traflager Square Book booth in the vendor area.
About Charlotte Dujardin
An elite British dressage rider, Charlotte and her famous 'dancing horse' "Valegro," became the first-ever duo to hold Olympic, World, European and World Cup championship titles simultaneously, in addition to holding the world records in all three Grand Prix tests.
Next week Charlotte will be defending her title as part of the British Dressage Team at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™, September 10-23, at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina. She will be riding her latest superstar "Mount St John Freestyle," a 9 year-old bay mare (Fidermark x Donnerhall) whom she's nicknamed "Mrs. Valegro."
About the New England Dressage Association
NEDA is the United States Dressage Federation's (USDF) largest single-chapter Group Member Organization (GMO). NEDA offers its members top quality educational, competitive and scholarship opportunities. The mission of NEDA is to promote and support the Art and Sport of Dressage to the equestrian community for the purpose of fostering individual and collective growth by providing leadership, education, exhibitions, publications, competitions and to enhance greater public awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the discipline of Dressage. There are many membership options and NEDA welcomes all equine enthusiasts to participate or volunteer. NEDA belongs to USDF Region 8. For more information, visit www.neda.org.