Four Youth Share Their 2014 Career Assignments from Dressage4Kids Winter Intensive Training Program (WIT)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Posted by Betsy LaBelle
“With a ton of clients, it’s great to watch Lars and Melissa run their business. Kim is at a cool point in her career, picking up sponsors and clients. It’s cool to watch how she approaches people and how successful she’s been with it.”
She continued, “The biggest thing for us, at this stage, is networking. Lendon Gray’s Winter Intensive Training Program (WIT) gave us a foundation to solve any sort of problem and to know who to call, even if that’s Lendon. There we built our contacts and skills. Without WIT, I wouldn’t be here.”
Maureen Trundy, 18 year old from Maine, this winter season works for Sara Spofford also at Legacy Farms. With five horses to look after, Maureen also works before sunup to after sundown. She shared, “I’m learning everything. I’m really learning professionalism, how to deal with people, be polite, making it as a business, working with the horses, etc.”
She continued, “WIT was amazing because you weren’t on your own. There was a team of us who had the opportunity to meet people around Wellington and that confidence has carried over into this opportunity.”
When asked what it's like at Legacy Farms, she shared, “The work ethic is beyond incredible. Lars has set the standard. Everyone here works really hard. They all have great attitudes, which make all the difference.”
Katelyn Victoria Kok (Katie) (20 years old) from New Hampshire works for Lendon Gray. She's taking on a huge responsibility for this year to help run the 2014 WIT program. She shared, “Ever since last year’s WIT, I’ve been working for Lendon. This year, I do all the scheduling. I am in charge of the fitness portion at 7 am each morning, which is exciting. We do an array of workouts in the field that includes running and jumping, every single morning.”
Katie sets up all the workshop lectures that they have every afternoon with many local equine industry leaders and personal leaders, including veterinary specialists, nutritionists, human mental training, equine massage, etc. She said, “I set up the speakers, help them when they arrive. I keep the kids on schedule, getting them to the lecture whether here at Hampton Green or elsewhere. I also give them their assignments and tests. I’m pretty much behind the scenes.” Katie gets to ride her horse with Lendon each day and be a part of the program.
“I’m working from 7am – 5pm doing the barn work, being a leader and making sure things get done. Lendon taught us how to do it, this year, I’m actually doing it,” he said.
The four young riders work hard to pursue their dreams while learning how to build a business. They also learn what it takes their new boss to compete, coach and train at the international level.
What a great opportunity Lendon Gray and Dressage4Kids have done in giving confidence to the youth to take the next step. Watch for these young riders in the future.
For more information on Dressage4Kids programs go to: http://www.dressage4kids.org/
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