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Riders Announced for the 2019 NEDA Symposium with Dorothee Schneider
Monday, September 9, 2019
Preliminary demonstration pairs for the New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Symposium were recently selected. The Symposium will be held October 19th-20that the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center in Hadley, MA., and will be headlined by two-time Olympian Dorothee Schneider. It will be Schneider’s first teaching appearance in the United States.
Dorothee Schneider (Photo: Facebook)
Selected demonstration pairs are:
-Carly Neilson and Gustav
-Bridgid Browne and Karina Sandra TF
-Anna Keenan and Davos CF
-McKayla Hohmann and Wakensho II
-Alice Tarjan and Harvest
-Vincent Flores and Southern Belle
-Katie Robicheaux and Grandioso
Prix St. Georges
-Eliza Rutherford and Watch Me Too
-Susanne Hamilton and Lesath
-Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Rassing’s Lonoir
The selected teams range from young horses just beginning their competition careers, all the way up to the alternate pair on the 2018 US World Equestrian Games (WEG) team: Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Rassing’s Lonoir.
Rider applications were reviewed by a panel of licensed judges, and final selections were made by Schneider. NEDA President Phyllis Leblanc said, “We received so many high quality applications this year, which didn’t make it easy for our judges and Dorothee to decide on the final roster. We have an exciting lineup of talented horses and riders; the auditors can expect an outstanding weekend of learning from this group.”
Auditors will be treated to six separate riding sessions on both Saturday and Sunday, each session representing a different stage on the training ladder. Younger horses will be presented and schooled as pairs, with individual sessions reserved for horses further along in their development.
The NEDA selections come right after Schneider wrapped up a superb summer campaign. In June, Schneider claimed the gold medal in the German Championships with her 2016 Olympic mount Showtime, triumphing over the great Isabell Werth. Next, Schneider finished right behind Werth at the CDI 5* at Aachen, scoring just under 90% in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a personal best score of 89.66%. Shortly after, she was named to the German team for the European Championships.
After helping Germany secure the team gold medal, Schneider won the silver medal in the Individual Grand Prix Special.In the Grand Prix Freestyle, Schneider became just the sixth rider in history to post a score of 90 percent or higher (90.561 percent). Schneider was edged out by Werth in a showstopping performance, continuing a rivalry that is becoming legendary in the sport.
Auditing tickets for the NEDA Symposium are still available for purchase at https://www.neda.org/event/2019FallSymposium
About the New England Dressage Association
NEDA is the United States Dressage Federation’s (USDF) largest single-chapter GMO. NEDA offers its members top quality educational, competitive and scholarship opportunities. The mission of NEDA is to promote and support the art and sport of dressage to the equestrian community for the purpose of fostering individual and collective growth by providing leadership, education, exhibitions, publications, competitions, and to enhance greater public awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the discipline of dressage. There are many membership options and NEDA welcomes all equine enthusiasts to participate or volunteer. NEDA belongs to USDF Region 8. For more information, visit www.NEDA.org