Summer Festival at Hampton Green Farm with Lendon Gray and Victor Alvarez

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Featuring “Chicks in Spurs” Benefit Bash for Dressage 4 Kids

Hampton Green Farm is hosting a Summer Dressage Festival from August 9-17 in Fruitport,Michigan, featuring back-to-back clinics with Lendon Gray and Victor Alvarez, and "Chicks and Spurs: A Not-for-Dressage-Queens-Only Summer Bash!"

Lendon Gray will begin the week with a two-day clinic. Lendon, whose multifarious dressage titles include the newly-appointed President and CEO of The Dressage Foundation, and the long-time coach of 2008 Olympian Courtney King-Dye, will conduct a two-day seminar August 9-10 with a variety of riders and breeds. Lendon has long been an advocate of "alternate breeds" (her term), and has been recently introduced to Hampton Green Farm and the qualities of the PRE horse: "I have to admit that I am fairly new in my experience with PRE horses. But I now have 6 in my stable whose riders vary from a young girl to middle aged amateurs to an International rider. Every one of these riders is suitably mounted and is showing successfully in open shows with high scores. What I love most about the PRE’s is that they are all sensitive horses to ride, but all are totally sensible: no sullenness, no unnecessary spooking. They come out each day in the same way and are all eager to learn and to please. I’m hooked!"

Clinician Victor Alvarez is a well-known Grand Prix rider and teacher from Barcelona, Spain. Since his visit to Wellington last February for a dressage clinic sponsored by the United States PRE Association, Victor competed in Europe and was a contender for the Spanish Olympic Team. Beginning August 11, Victor will be giving two 3-day clinics at Hampton Green Farm's Michigan facility, working with all breeds, from young horses through Grand Prix.

The "Chicks in Spurs Party” will take place on Monday evening, August 11th, and will feature a number of highlights including a parade of bloodstock and a riding exhibition featuring the PREs of Hampton Green Farm as well as a number of warmblood horses and dressage riders from western Michigan. Dinner by Chef Frederic Boyer will be followed by dancing under the tents to DJ Antoine, and a silent auction and cash bar will be provided. VIP tables are selling rapidly.

For more information, call HGF at 231-865-6000. Tickets are $20.00 per person; $350.00 for a VIP table of 10. All proceeds will benefit Dressage 4 Kids.

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