Since its inception in 2005 the United States, the Markel/USEF Dressage Young Horse Program has helped develop a depth to American Dressage that benefits breeders, riders, trainers, and a program for the future. The third Markel/USEF Dressage Training Session of 2013 was in New England at the lovely Rosebrook Farm, Georgetown, Mass, April 13 and 14. A well-rounded group of 13 quality young horses selected for the session worked with USEF Young Horse Coach Scott Hassler. "I got exactly what I wanted from the clinic, not only a better understanding of how to better train my horse but how to improve my training and riding techniques with all the young horses that come through my barn,” said participant Dee Loveless. “The clinic was very educational and the selection of horses and riders could not have been better. There was a very good variety of talented horses and riders participating in the clinic, all with different areas that needed improvement."
The open training session was attended by breeders, horse owners and local young horse enthusiasts. In addition to two days of mounted lessons, participants enjoyed discussions with Hassler as well as lunches sponsored by Rosebrook Farm and DressageDaily's Mary Phelps a Markel Equine and Farm Insurance Specialist. Phelps asked Hassler to help her do the drawing from those who had registered giving out several items such as Back on Track Saddle pads and mini blankets, the book The Making of the Modern Warmblood, and DressageDaily T-Shirts adding to the fun of the well attended event.
"I grew up in Massachussetts, had my first barn job here, belonged to Pony Club and worked for Dottie Morkis in the 1960's long before her Olympic fame," said Phelps. "It was a fun two days, meeting new friends and seeing many longtime ones as well. This program is my passion, I love it and am proud to be with Markel as well as supporting the news and updates on my website DressageDaily.com."
"It was nice to visit the New England area a second time for a Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session. Participation from the auditors, owners, breeders and trainers who attended was terrific," said Hassler. "The participating horses were a great mixture of U.S.-bred and imported horses and overall, the quality was quite nice. I hope to see some of these horses at the Championships in August."
Quarterline Dressage at Rosebrook Farm is a year-round, world class, full service training facility and home of Grand Prix Rider Cindi Wylie, offering training and instruction for horses and riders from beginner to Grand Prix. Just 40 minutes north of Boston, they are a NEDA Education Outreach Partner also hosting clinics wih international judge and clinician Christophe Hess of Germany. Like Rosebrook Farm on Facebook.
Participants in this third training session included: Rider/Horse (breeding)/Age/Owner/Breeder
- Lisa Leland Coorchesne/Pik A Diamond (Pik Solo x Dederick/Duft II)/6/Pamela Hinkle/ Lisa Gorski
- Lisa Cross/Synergy (Sir Donnerhall x Wolkenstein II)/5/Lisa Cross/Jenny Hrobelski
- Marie Dibicarri/Darshan HM (Dacaprio x Prince Thatch/Duerkheim)/4/Sarah Gill-D'Orazio/ Linda and Jeff Mendenhall
- Marie Dibicarri/Reminisce HM (Rascolino x Don Bosco/Furinos)/5/Linda and Jeff Mendenhall/Linda and Jeff Mendenhall
- Faye Dunn/Waimea (Matador x Michellino/Stravinsky)/6/Faye Dunn/Becky Train of Frog Leaps Farm
- Adrie Hoogsteen/Lady Luck (Sinatra Song x Legata/Rambo)/5/Peter Near/Peter Near
- Jane Karol/Sunshine Tour (Sir Donnerhall)/6/Jane Karol/Brigitte Zilling
- Allison Kavey/Daquiri (Delaurentis xFalkland)/6/Andrea Woodner/Angelar Barilar and High Point Hanoverians
- Dee Loveless/Schwanenkoenigin (Sir Donnerhall x Matcho AA/Wanderer)/5/Dee Loveless/Irmtraud Mueller
- Elizabeth Preston/Encore! Encore! (Harmony't Rousseau x Face the Music/Enrico Caruso)/4/Susan Barrett/High Meadow Farms/Susan Barrett/High Meadow Farms
- Michael Robbins/Dorette MG (Schroeder x Olympic/Flemmingh)/5/Susan Wildman/Kathy Hickerson and Majestic Gaits
- Jean Tenerini/Hot Shot (Hotline x Florestan)/6/Jean Tenerini/Georg Sieverding
- Debra Weidmaier/Freibeuter (Florencio x Fabrice)/5/Guy Wildenstein/Britta Sherbring
The final Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session of the Spring will be held April 27-28 in Lockport, Illinois at Oak Hill Farm. Mary Phelps will be in attendance with more items to give away!