Finally, an Attainable Goal for Dressage Riders with Full-Time Careers: The US Dressage Finals
Monday, November 11, 2013
Posted by Betsy LaBelle
She shared, “The amateur riders buy horses and the pros are riding them. Wouldn’t it be great if the pros encouraged their amateurs to come out here and compete with them? We have enough trainers competing against each other. It’s time for the owners to come out and compete too.” She advised, “But, they must stay at the level where they do well!”
Janne’s horse, a gray PRE gelding "Junior" (Gaucho III x La Nina by Brioso VI) is a horse she trained all the way from Training Level as a 4 year old. She encourages others with a bit of wisdom, “I went through the entire USDF Dressage system. The tests are set up for the horse and rider to succeed. You will never be out of your element if you stay in the level you belong. I would prefer to get a 75% in Training Level than a 60% in 3rd Level. We started at Training Level.” She continued, “I find the judges in the United States so willing to give a good score with good comments as long as you and your horse do not go a level higher than you are ready. You will never be out of your element or frustrated with the scores. You’ll be so proud to have the 75%. That’s what people want to hear about, the success. I would love for an amateur to be able to say, ‘I got a 75%’ at whatever level they are riding.”
With strict USEF rules on Amateur status (USEF Rulebook - GR 1306 - Amateurs and Professionals), an amateur cannot accept any sponsorship - paid endorsements from any company, payment for riding, showing or schooling a horse, selling of horses, or conducting dressage seminars for money or (gift)token of appreciation.
USDF Regionals and now Nationals are the only place the amateurs and pros are separated into different classes. The adult amateurs in the United States want to earn the equal recognition. The US Dressage Finals opens the door for a great goal for Amateurs in the United States.
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