Lendon Gray’s Winter Intensive Training (WIT) Program - Taking Applications September 1, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Posted by Betsy LaBelle
The program is not for the casual dressage rider, but for aspiring young riders that are committed to be the best they can be. Grace Gregory, (19 yrs old) from Tennessee said, ”I learned so many great things in the WIT program this past winter, such as braiding, taking care of my athlete (my horse) and how to get the most out of each ride. But there were three things I learned that really made a huge impression on me:
1. How to ride your test. In the past I had always just gone through my test right before the show and that was it. But in the program Lendon had me do every little movement and look at it and see what needed to be fixed so I could get the best score on that movement. I cannot tell you how many times I did halt rein backs until my horse could finally do them straight. Now I really think through my test and try to make each movement count.
2. I learned how to show. Before going, I had only shown a handful of times, and I always had my mom there to help me get ready. Showing in Florida, I was in charge of getting ready, making sure I had everything, and being on time. The funny thing about that was that I actually was more relaxed by myself. Well, maybe not the first show, but the rest of my shows I felt at peace and had lots of fun. I realized I could do it on my own and be responsible for all that had to be done before the show.
3. I also learned that I want to be in this business for the rest for my life. It was the most stressful, tiring and difficult three months of my life, but I loved every moment. I want to be like Robert Dover, David Marcus, Shelly Francis, Jacquie Brooks and of course, Lendon Gray. I want to train, show, and one day compete for my country in the Olympics.
If this program interests you, please feel encouraged to apply by sending in the application.
You will need to put a short video of you riding on the web for viewing by the committee.
It does not matter how much experience you have, at what level you’re currently riding, or the horse you have. Your dedication, passion and discipline must shine on your application.
Participants in the Winter Intensive Training Program are held to high standards of character and professionalism.
For an Application CLICK HERE:
If you have any questions contact Lendon.
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