Council & Associations
Dressage4Kids announces New Young Breeders Sport Horse Educational Program
Bedford, NY - An exciting new educational program called the "Young Breeders Sport Horse Educational Program" is intended to educate the Young Breeders of America in theory, judging of confirmation, judging of free jumping and presenting a horse.
One of the goals for this program is to bring young breeders together across breeding associations, countries, and languages. To create a network among these participants that will help exchange ideas and information to assist them in creating the ideal Sport Horse of tomorrow.
Dressage4Kids (D4K) has organized an Weekend Equestrian Educational Program (WEP), for January 29th and 30th at Nonnewaug Regional School in Woodbury, CT. This year’s D4K Weekend Educational Program will include a day-long session on judging conformation and showing horses in hand. Among the many speakers are clinicians Britta Johnson and Phil Silva who will be on hand to supply you with more information about this program as well as future clinics. And, for the first time, the 2011 Youth Dressage Festival includes a Sport Horse Handling and Judging competition. Ages 10 and up are accepted. In addition to the Festival, you can expect to see several classes added at select Breed Shows throughout the season..
These clinics will be a great learning experience to evaluate the suitability of sport horses of all different breeds. It is a good opportunity for the riders to learn to judge the horses’ potential from the ground. They will learn about the horses’ conformation, and how to evaluate the horses’ strong and weak points. They will learn how to present the horses in-hand, evaluating free-jumping, and theory. The competition consists of 3 parts, a written quiz on knowledge, presenting a horse on the triangle, and judging. The judging consists of 3 parts, judging mares in hand, evaluating free movements of the horse, and evaluating horses over jumps.
This new Young Breeders Program is spearheaded by Lendon Gray’s Dressage4Kids (D4K). The program was formulated with the hopes of putting together a team to represent the United States in the International Young Breeders World Championships. "The WBFSH World Championships for Young Breeders” are held on a 2 year cycle. Six people may be selected to represent the United States at the championships to be held July 22th-24th 2011 in Chazey sur Ain, France. There will be two age groups in the international competition: 16 to 19 and 20 to 25.
D4K Mission Statement: To encourage riders under 21 to become true horsemen with correct position, competitive skills, and knowledge of all aspects of riding and horse care; to offer scholarships to enable competitors to further their education; to have fun and develop good sportsmanship throughout. For more on D4K, visit www.dressage4kids.com