Collecting Gaits Farm Returns as Title Sponsor of 2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Posted by Mary Phelps-Hathaway
Preparation for the WEG has long since been underway as US riders seek to secure a spot on the team that will represent their country next year on their home soil. 2010 marks the first year the WEG will be held outside of Europe.
Also special to this year’s event, the Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle will be held Saturday evening. It will be the highlight class of the event and will feature demonstrations as well the always entertaining and exciting freestyle competition.
With the nation’s top riders coming to center stage, the Festival will provide a thrilling exhibition of world class riding. Many of these riders such as Arlene Page, Michael Barisone, Leslie Morse, Lauren Sammis, Shelly Francis and Courtney King-Dye have represented the US at multiple World Cup Finals, WEG, Pan Am and the Olympic Games. The 2008 Young Adult “Brentina Cup” winner, Adrienne Lyle will be returning this year to compete with two horses in the Grand Prix, Felix and Wizard, both owned by Peggy Thomas. Olympic rider Courtney King-Dye is also a rider to watch as she brings two horses to the Intermediaire division. King-Dye will be riding Collecting Gaits Farms’ rising star, Bogner B, and well as Hampton Green Farms’ Grandioso.
Collecting Gaits Farm, owned by Jeff and Shereen Fuqua, and located in Alpharetta, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, has provided an unparalleled devotion to the sport of Dressage. Their partnership with the USEF has aided in producing some of the country’s finest Dressage riders.
For more information on the Festival and to access live scoring, please visit http://www.usef.org/contentPage2.aspx?id=dressagefestival
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