Lendon Gray has taken a new direction in life, dedicating her years of experience and success in the dressage world to helping others follow in her footsteps, especially younger riders.
Since 1999 she has been the driving force behind Lendon's Youth Dressage Festival (formerly known as the Northeast Junior/Young Rider Championships ) in Saugerties , NY . This show started as an effort to see today's youth be awarded for more than riding trained horses. The competition has three equal parts: a written test on riding theory and stable management; a group equitation class, and a Dressage Test with levels from Training through FEI Young Rider. There is also a Prix Caprilli (Dressage Test with jumps), tack room decorating competition, a “horseless” Grand Prix Prix Caprilli Pas de Deux, exhibitions, demonstrations.
Each year there are foreign teams and individuals competing on borrowed horses. Riders have come from Argentina , Austria , Brazil , Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, South Africa. Another premise of the show is that it should be enticing: faithful, generous sponsors donate awards that have include d saddles, equipment, training opportunities in the US and Europe , and trip s to the CHIO Aachen. Judges beg to officiate and volunteers come flocking to the unrecognized event just because it's so much fun.