New Look For 16th Annual D4K Weekend Equestrian Program

Friday, November 3, 2017
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Brian Stewart – Equine Dentistry - 2017

Brian Stewart – Equine Dentistry - 2017

Bedford, NY –The 16th annual Dressage4Kids’ Weekend Equestrian Program will have a new look this year. As before, Dressage4Kids is sponsoring this event, but it is open to all ages and all disciplines of riding, with presentations from experts bringing the latest information on subjects that affect horses, their training, and health. Scheduled for January 27- 28, 2018, please note that due to construction at Nonnewaug High School, the popular weekend event will be held at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, CT (exit 18 off I-84).

An additional part of the new look are the ‘tracks’ being offered – some new and some returning. New this time, for those who would like to volunteer at shows, there is a great oportunity to attend a NEDA VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP, which offers training and insights into the various all- important jobs that volunteeers undertake. Remember, without the volunteers many of the competitions could not take place, so anyone interested should plan to attend - you really ARE needed to keep our equine sports alive!

On Saturday, January 27, USEF “S” Judge Margaret Freeman will explain and discuss the new Eventing Tests for 2018 – this is a not-to-be-missed seminar for anyone who will be competing next year. Saturday also sees a return of Lendon Gray’s Intructors/Trainers Track, which is an invaluable tool for professionals to exchange ideas and gather new insights into the best ways to help their students.

On Sunday, January 28, the annual Judges Forum will, again, be led by USEF “S” Judge Margaret Freeman. As in past years, this provides a great chance to discuss and observe finer points of judging and allocating correct marks. The Judges Forum is USDF accredited and counts towards continuing education requirements for USDF L Graduates.

A new track on BOTH days – Kick up Your Knowledge – HORSES 101 will cover many important basics of horse care and riding. A presentation, followed by a practical session, will be included in each segment. This is ideal for anyone wishing to brush up on important updates on horse care, including - but certainly not limited to - young audiences.

Subjects will range from What Your Horse is Telling You; Digestion – From Whiskers to Tail; Can you ID your Horse?; How your Horse Sees and Safety Impacts; What is Wrong with this Picture – Evaluating your Horse. Also offered will be - Observation – Vital for Behavior & Health; Wounds and First Aid; and Proper Hoof Care. A fun way to improve is ‘Riding the Tests and Prix Caprilli – on YOUR feet’. This will offer both advice and judging of each test. So challenge yourself – you can try several times if you want!

On both days there will be speakers from previous years, including Lendon Gray, Ann Guptill, and Rachael Greene-Lowell, New this year – Sarah Geikie on How to Improve Your Test Scores; and Colleen Akin on Concussions. Jon Nowinski from will give tips on preparation for emergencies, and Megan Lutz offers Yoga and Meditation. Brian Stewart – Equine Dentistry - 2017 Many veterinarians will give updated advice including Dr Johanna Kremberg – Drug Testing 101; and Dr. Joan Smyth – Diagnostics, Lyme Testing and Tick Control. Dr. Laura McDonald, from Tufts Veterinary School, will also give a talk and other speakers may be added.

The Weekend Equestrian Program draws horse people from many states, along with colleges and Pony Club groups. It’s a great way for horse lovers of all ages and skill levels to spend a winter weekend gaining knowledge from experts and professionals – all under one roof. Closer to the date, more updates about the final schedule will be available online ( Contact Susan Sieber, Event Coordinator, at or at (203) 223-4261.