Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium 2006

Hilltop Farm is proud to announce details about the Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium 2006 which will be held this fall at Hilltop Farm, November 3-5. Once again, Hilltop Farm and Harmony Sporthorses have joined hands to provide an outstanding opportunity for professionals interested in furthering their education in the realm of young horse training. This year's panel of experts includes USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach Scott Hassler, FEI judge and competitor Anne Gribbons, and Young Horse breeding and training expert Ingo Pape of Hemmoor, Germany.

This is the second private symposium on young dressage horse training designed and provided by Hilltop Farm. The 2005 symposium was heralded as a bold and dedicated endeavor to promote interest in and develop education regarding young horse training. Hilltop and Harmony Sporthorses are dedicated to helping bridge the gap between breeders and trainers, in addition to educating professionals in the manner of developing young horses to fulfill their potential. Once again, the symposium will be a private affair, closed to auditors and press, and open only to selected participants. Some participants will be selected to ride and work with the horses directly during the three-day program. The symposium will focus on young horses ages four to six years old, determining the right pace of training for each individual horse, based upon its individual qualities. There will be an emphasis on selecting the right type of horse to direct toward FEI young horse divisions versus those that should be developed on another schedule.

Applications are available online at Applicants must provide a video no longer than 10 minutes in length, riding a four to six year old horse that demonstrates the riders' highlights. Once again, the event is fully sponsored so that new participants need only pay for their transport to Hilltop Farm. Meals, housing and the education will all be provided on full scholarship from Harmony and Hilltop. Alumni participants from 2005 need not apply as they will be invited per special invitation by mail. Completed applications with video are due by August 15, 2006, with no exceptions for late applicants.