2014 Lendon Youth Dressage Festival Midwest included Headline Speaker - Ayden Uhlir
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Hampton Green Farm Located in Fruitport, Michigan, a beautiful farm located on the western side of the state, and just a few short miles from Lake Michigan. The home for over 50 USPRE, Spanish bred horses, owned by Kim and Frederic Boyer, Hampton Green Farm nestles in absolute beauty with young horses in big fields, separated by age group. The youngster slept in bunches during the weekend with all the activities surrounding them.
First, she shared her strive for being the best athlete she will become. She works every day to be able to answer every dressage horse biomechanical problem with the question “Why?” Training with Christine Traurig , an Olympian and German born who grew up riding the young horses at the Hanoverian Elite Auction, Ayden works day in and day out with the best mentor possible to accomplish that feat. She said, “Every horse will teach the rider something. The horse doesn’t have to be a top horse.” And she spoke about how preparation is where opportunity meets, in other words, hard work must be the daily basic foundation.
Ayden works hard to help others. She keeps a blog on all her training, her competition experiences, and all she learns. With interesting and inspirational write-ups including full details on aspects of her life affected by the sport as she navigates her way up the levels.
The Blog can be found at: http://dressagespot.blogspot.com/
As for her sponsorship with Nike, she said, “You make an impression all the time, in front of every person you meet. The sponsors want to know you are a good person.” She explained how she created a Sponsor Book, and the Nike representatives called her and met with her on the very same day. She truly does deserve to be the ambassador for our sport and must have made a great impression.
Lendon Gray also passed on what she’s seen in the sport, what she’s done to step by step accomplish her goals, and how to strive for a future in dressage.
A special thank you to Kim and Fred Boyer for making the weekend so educational for the competitors and their parents – the weekend truly touches lives and helps to build the strong foundation for a great future in the sport of Dressage.
The Results: 2014 Lendon Gray Youth Dressage Festival Midwest Championship Award Winners:
Overall High Point Champion: Katrina Sadis - Sponsored by Wildlife Gallery Festival Plaque
Reserve Champion: Kerrigan Gluck Sponsored by Lendon Gray, Little Horse Statue
High Point FEI Rider: Katrina Sadis Sponsored by Millbrook Tack, Double Bridle
High Point Written Test: Nicole Gallant Sponsored by Marilyn Fahringer
High Point Dressage: Katrina Sadis Sponsored by Marilyn Fahringer
High Point PRE: Kerrigan Gluch Sponsored by USPRE Saddle Pad & Shirt
High Point Equitation: Kerrigan Gluch sponsored by Laurie Moore Dressage, Saddle Pad, Whip, Gloves & Stock tie
Turn Out Inspection Award: Claire McNulty Sponsored by Joan Esterline, Carolyn Van Cise Memorial Award
Intro Turnout Award: Katrina Hogan Sponsored by Lendon Gray, Stuffed Pony
High Point Pony Award: Katrina Sadis Sponsored by Tractor Supply, Bucket of Supplies
High Point Horse Started By Rider: Emma Kemmink Sponsored by HGF Tote Bag
High Point Sportsmanship Award: Chloe Grahek Sponsored by Shoreline Dressage, Pad & Wraps
Newbie Award: McKenna Rhoades Sponsored by Andrea Landis Dressage
MVP Volunteer: Oliva Stille Sponsored by Concord Ridge Equestrian Center
Other thanks must go to the sponsors:
Jamaica Stall Rental
United States P.R.E. Association
United States Pony Club
VanKampen Boyer Molinari Foundation
For more information on Lendon Gray’s Youth Dressage Festivals, D4K organization, The Winter Intensive Training Program (WIT) please go to: http://www.dressage4kids.org
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