Dressage4Kids Lendon Gray Youth Dressage Festival – Midwest

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Kerrigan Gluch and Endel Ots at 2012 Dressage4Kids Youth Dressage Festival
Kerrigan Gluch and Endel Ots at 2012 Dressage4Kids Youth Dressage Festival
The Emerging Dressage Athlete Clinic (EDAP) will be June 21-22 and the Dressage4Kids Lendon Youth Dressage Festival Midwest (LYDFM) June 23, 2013 at Hampton Green Farm, Fruitport, Michigan. The Emerging Dressage Athlete Clinic (EDAP) is a two-day intensive training clinic with Lendon Gray for riders who are selected via application. The program is for Dressage competitors under the age of 21. Riders are selected based on a riding video, copies of tests, an application letter and recommendations. For an application [CLICK HERE] The Lendon Youth Dressage Festival Midwest (LYDFM) will take place Sunday, June 23, 2013, a one-day version of the Lendon Gray Youth Festival: a highly successful multi-phase dressage show for riders under 21 at all levels, to be held at Hampton Green Farm in Fruitport, Michigan. The format includes 3 Divisions - a Written Test, a Dressage Test, and an Equitation Test. All ages and levels welcome. Teams may also compete. With top international riders as judges, lecturers and commentators the event is full of fun learning.Lendon Gray said about the Emerging Dressage Athletes Program (EDAP), “We are excited to see kids from the Midwest learn and be a part of a group of up and coming dressage riders.  This Festival gives loads of kids an opportunity to ride with top international caliber riders and coaches who don't normally have the chance for such quality instruction. It’s important to encourage these dedicated young riders with talent who might not normally get the chance to develop their riding to their highest level.”

Lendon Gray talking to all
Lendon Gray talking to all
And of course, Dressage4Kids Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival, she said, “It’s great to see the smiles and enthusiasm during the Youth Dressage Festival Midwest.  All together they may compete, but really they are working hard together and learning great things in the process.  Hampton Green Farm is a perfect center place in the USA to really take part in a strong foundation building event. “  

More info on the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program and Midwest Clinic (EDAP)June 21-22: Dressage4kids, Inc. is very proud to offer the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program for dedicated, determined young dressage riders of all levels. The goal of the program to find, to help to educate, and to develop talented youth to become the international riders and trainers of the future. The program organizes clinics in various parts of the US and from these clinics participants will be selected for national clinics. Top international coaches have also been asked to nominate riders they feel have special talent. The program is for Dressage competitors under the age of 21. It is meant as a stepping-stone from participating at the grassroots level to climbing the long ladder on the way to representing the US in international competitions, to becoming a successful professional, and/or becoming the very best dressage riders they can be. Through this program, dedicated, talented Dressage youth will be sought out in all parts of the US. The teacher(s) in the clinics will ensure that the basics of their education as riders and horsemen are properly established and will give them a road map for their Dressage journey.
Lendon helping with the written exam
Lendon helping with the written exam
More info on the The Lendon Youth Dressage Festival Midwest (LYDFM) Sunday, June 23, 2013: Who May Compete: Age: All riders 21 and under. The FEI age rule applies, which is the age the rider reaches in the calendar year. For example, if the rider becomes 21 years old in 2012, the rider is eligible, but if the rider becomes 22 years old in 2012, the rider is not. If the rider turns 12 anytime in the year 2012, the rider is considered to be 12 for the show. Horse may be ridden by one rider in two consecutive Divisions or two riders in the same or different Divisions. A horse may compete in two Divisions only. The welfare of the horse is of utmost importance. Two competitors riding the same horse must keep this in mind when entering.
Divisions:The Divisions are the heart of the Youth Dressage Festival. Each Division consists of three Sections: Written Test, Equitation Class and Dressage Test. Each Section is worth 100 points for a total of 300 points. Total points from the three divisions determine placings. Ties are broken by using the Equitation Class score, then Dressage Test score and, if needed, the Written Test score. For example, for Division #11, the rider will have a written test in their age group, ride in a group equitation class with other riders of their Division, and ride the First Level Test 2 dressage test. Riders entering two different Divisions will take one written exam (by age) and the same score will be used for each Division. For example, if a rider is riding one horse at the First Level Division and another horse at the Second Level Division, the rider will take one written exam and that test score will count for both the rider’s First and Second Level Division scores. That rider will also ride the higher level Equitation Class.
SPECIAL AWARDS: USPRE High Score Award—Sponsored by USPRE to highest scoring PRE horse. HGF Young Horse Award—awarded to top scoring pair where horse was started by rider (Sign-up with Show Secretary)
Turn-Out-Inspection Award
MVP Volunteer Award
High Score Pony Award
High Score Dressage Award
High Score Equitation Award
Competitor’s Volunteer Requirement: All competitors MUST volunteer for at least 1 hour during the show. Once you have arrived and have your horse stabled, get your packet from the Show Secretary, check your ride times, and then go to the Volunteer Booth for your assignment(s). No coaching is allowed any time while the rider is competing. The only person allowed to ride the horse on the show grounds is the competitor(s) entered on that horse. Any rider receiving coaching while in the competition ring will be disqualified whether the rider requested such assistance or not. Any visual or verbal communication with the rider is considered coaching. All tests must be ridden from memory. Ring stewards are not there to assist the riders with their times or after whom they ride. The riders need to know in what ring they ride, their times, and the numbers of the riders ahead of them. Do not ask the stewards. Infractions of any rules may be cause for elimination or up to a 5-point penalty at the discretion of management.
Special Events: All EDAP riders are expected to attend the D4K Dinner and are expected to compete in the LYDF Midwest on Sunday, June 23. Special Events: D4K Dinner with a Dressage VIP (to be announced) on Saturday, June 22
Division Judges:
Dressage—Lorraine Stubbs, International 4* Judge
Equitation—Andrea Landis
Turn-Out Judge—Laurie Moore
Written Test—Lendon Gray
Featured Lecturers:  Lorraine Stubbs, Canadian Olympian, International Judge, Author of “Winning Dressage”
Show Manager: Lyn Kendall, lskendressage@gmail.com
Show Secretaries: Marilyn Fahringer and Whitney Peterson, rflamare@yahoo.com
Mailing Address: Hampton Green Farm, 5440 E Farr Road, Fruitport, MI 49415, hamptongreenfarm@aol.com
Information: Tentative Times:
Times and important additional information will be posted on the Hampton Green Farm website one week prior to the show, but are subject to change. Official times will be posted by 7 a.m. on each show day.
Tentative Schedule:
Saturday, 9am Stables Open. Do not arrive before this time. Extra fee for Friday arrival.
3:00pm Saturday Secretary’s Office Open
7:00pm Saturday Secretary’s Office Closes
6:00pm Saturday Dressage4Kids Dinner with Lendon Gray
7:00am Sunday Secretary’s Office Opens
8:00am Sunday Opening Remarks for all; Written Test for competitors
9.00am Turn Out Inspection Begins
9.30am Riding Competition Begins
Arenas: All arenas are sand, warm-up on grass. Lunging allowed in the lunging ring only.
Roving Trainers: Our wonderful professionals volunteer their time for any competitor who wishes help. As soon as riders know their times, they may sign up with the Show Secretary during the show.
Education and Entertainment:
Concession food will be available from 7 a.m. each day.
Accommodations: CLICK HERE
GPS for Cars and Trucks:
5440 E Farr Road, Fruitport, MI 49415.