Photo Highlights of Kentucky Dressage Association 28th Annual Show A Stepping Stone to Gladstone
Monday, May 26, 2014
Posted by Mary Phelps
With the USEF Dressage National Championships coming up June 11-15 in Gladstone, New Jersey right around the corner, the migration for some winter Floridians to New Jersey is via the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky, home of the 2010 Alltech/FEI World Equestrian Games. Adrienne Lyle and Wizard along with her trainer and mentor USEF Developing Coach Debbie McDonald included the stopover to work with students including Taylor Yamamoto from Hawaii, who won the FEI Young Riders Team Test. Lyle’s US Team WEG hopeful, Wizard had the week off from competition, but Adrienne worked him daily and enjoyed hacking across the Kentucky Horse Park “where there are hills, not like in Florida” she said with a smile. My favorite place to be with my camera is at the warm up for the Rolex arena where the rolling hills of the cross country course in the background say "Here we are in Kentucky". Enjoy the image gallery.
Caroline Roffman plans to stick around Lexington for a while before heading to Gladstone hoping to be one of a group of 8 horse and riders to be selected for a European tour. She showed the judges, including Peter Holler (GER) who will be at the US Dressage Championships, impressive performance with an American bred mare for the FEI Young Horse Classes, as well as winning the FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special with her 11-year-old mare Her Highness O.
A strong Canadian contingent has always supported the show, as either a halfway point headed home, or for many who have already returned a 7-hour drive from Canada is a piece of cake. Megan Lane (CAN) topped the evening’s performance on Saturday night winning the FEI Freestyle.
The well oiled machine of KDA management with an experience staff of volunteers kept the competition running smoothly in spite of a typical Kentucky storm which sent the horse inspection for the CDI to the Alltech Arena late Thursday afternoon. With well sponsored parties each night, and an excellent dinner and full bar, competitors gathered to watch the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night under the lights of the Rolex Arena, where so much equine history has been made. Kentucky is once again in the running along with Bromont Canada, to be the location for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Every week, the Kentucky Horse Park is fully booked, and on Memorial Day weekend 2014 there was a full three day event, showjumping, and a western show all going on throughout the grounds.
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