January 2019 - In This Issue:
The start of the 2019 D4K Winter Intensive Training Program
January - March, 2019
D4K Winter Intensive Training Program
Hampton Green Farm
Wellington, FL

January 26-27, 2019
D4K Weekend Equestrian Program
Chase Collegiate
Waterbury, CT

April 6-7, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Rouxtano Farm
Hillsborough, NC

April 13-14, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Rocking M Stables
Dallas, TX

April 20-21, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Georgia Int'l Horse Park
Conyers, GA

April 27-28, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
with Mica MabragaƱa
Scarlet Day Farm
Gray, ME

May 4-5, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Flyaway Stables
Battle Creek, MI

May 11-12, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Rhythm and Blues Equestrian
Quakertown, PA

May 18-19, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
WillsWay Equestrian Center
Goshen, NY

June 1-2, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Warwick, Bermuda

June 20-21, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
with Ali Brock
Prince George's Equestrian Center
Upper Marlboro, MD

June 21-22, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Hampton Green Farm
Fruitport, MI

June 23, 2019
Youth Dressage Festival Midwest
Hampton Green Farm
Fruitport, MI

June 26-27, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Dream Acres
Arundel, ME

July 1-2, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
First Choice Riding Academy
Enfield, NH

July 12-14, 2019
Lendon's Youth Dressage Festival
HITS on the Hudson
Saugerties, NY

July 30 - August 4, 2019
Old Salem Farm
North Salem, NY

August 17-18, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Concord Ridge Equestrian Center
St. Joseph, MI

August 20-25, 2019
U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions
Lamplight Equestrian Center
Wayne, IL

September 21-22, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Avant-Garde Equestrian Farm
Luskville, Quebec

September 24-29, 2019
Dressage at Devon
Devon, PA

October 19-20, 2019
NEDA Fall Symposium
Mount Holyoke Equestrian Center
South Hadley, MA

November 2-3, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Fairwinds Farm
North Kingstown, RI

Dressage4Kids' Weekend Equestrian Program

The Dressage4Kids' Weekend Equestrian Program will be January 26-27 at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, CT.

Olympian Ali Brock will be our keynote speaker and she will be joined by many other illustrious speakers!

To view the tentative schedule and to register, go to:

The early registration discount is available until January 10th.
Matt Baillargeon Shares His TEAM Clinic Experiences
The weekend was finally here and my highly anticipated lessons with Lendon had arrived. 

I pulled in to the beautiful Scarlet Day Farm in Gray, Maine to be greeted by the hosts and owners Alicia and Tom Torrey. My horse and I certainly made an entrance as he quickly got loose upon arrival and ran around in the snow like an Arabian with his tail to the sky. Great first impression Bentley, thanks!

I was the first lesson of the day so after Lendon's opening remarks I promptly prepared Bentley for the lesson ahead. This was my 2nd time riding Bentley in a TEAM clinic so Lendon had worked with us twice prior. Bentley is a 2011 Hanoverian Gelding whom has had a tricky start. Despite being 7 he's a bit behind in his training. 

With every clinic I ride in my goal is to come home with three big take aways. This is always very easy to do when riding with Lendon because she's honest and has no reservation in telling you what you do right and wrong. 

  1. Keep your hands lower because when you lift them you're putting more pressure on the bit causing the horse to become even deeper. With Bentley this was hugely important. He often gets very short and poll low so I was subconsciously lifting my hands to try and compensate.
  2. Don't wait until the horse is really behind the leg to make a correction because then it has to be a big correction. With Bentley I need to always hold him accountable for going forward and not wait until he's dying to make a correction with big aids. 
  3. The biggest take home of all was DO MORE TROT WORK. I naturally enjoy the canter more but especially with this horse because I find it the easiest gait to establish a really good connection. Lendon's text message to me that evening ended with and I quote "enjoy the trotting!!!!"

This was an invaluable weekend of learning for me. We had four guest speakers discussing topics of bio-mechanics, show management, show ready braids, and clipping. 

I would like to thank Dressage4Kids for graciously awarding me a scholarship to participate in this clinic. My appreciation and gratitude to Lendon is undeniable. I always look forward to my lessons with Dressage legend - Lendon Gray.

Emily Shepard Shares Her Scholarship Report 
This semester, I participated as a member of the University of Rhode Island Intercollegiate Dressage Team. I would not have been able to join the team had it not been for the generosity of Dressage4Kids and the Lendon Gray Scholarship, which covered my dues for the semester.
Riding on an Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) team was unlike any riding experience I have had. IDA could be considered the speed dating of horse showing. You are given ten minutes to warm up on a horse before going into the ring to ride a test. Most people have their horses for months before they enter their first show, but, in IDA, riders have only ten minutes to get acquainted with a horse they have never met! I learned that the warmup has to be targeted and efficient. In order to be successful in the ring, you need to have a plan in the warmup. Riders need to be flexible but focused in order to get the best performance out of their horses.
Another way I learned from IDA is by riding an enormous variety of horses. This semester, I have ridden tests on 14 hand Connemaras to 17 hand Warmbloods and everything in between. By riding such a multitude of horses, I learned techniques for finding relaxation and connection in many situations. One thing that stayed the same among all of these horses was keeping my legs on! As many have speculated, more leg is almost always the answer! 
The pressure in IDA is high, as you are riding for your team, not just for yourself. In a typical show, a mistake might cost you a ribbon, but you would be the only one affected by it. In IDA, the team is relying on you to get a good score. This was a great experience for me because it helped me learn to stay calm in the ring. Even with all the pressure of helping the team, I had to keep the stress from affecting my riding. This will be very useful to me in my United States Pony Club upper level certifications, as well as at any shows in which I plan to ride. 
I am immensely grateful to Dressage4Kids and the Lendon Gray Scholarship for allowing me the opportunity to ride on the University of Rhode Island IDA team. It has improved my riding and prepared me to ride in high-pressure situations and on a variety of horses. Without Dressage4Kids, I would not have been able to join the team. Thank you, D4K!

Thank you to our Dressage4Kids' Clinic Organizers!
Hampton Green Farm in
Fruitport, Michigan
A huge thank you to everyone who helped host, organize, and present at a Dressage4Kids clinic this year!  Thank you especially to the following organizers (and thank you to the many others working behind the scenes!):

Anne Baber Wallis Julia Hengel
Leanne Binetruy Emma Kane
Esther Buonanno Jennifer Koch
Meagan Cadorette Joan Mack
Jann Clark Pam Maloof
Bill Coester Kristyne McPhee
Eiren Crawford Julie Milne
Natalie DiBerardinis Liz Molloy
Anna DiGironimo
Angie Morin
Jennifer Dillon
Melanie Mulligan 
Donna Donaldson Rhianna Pankhurst
Eleni Econopouly Ali Perkins
Darlene Evans Alicia Peters-Torrey
Jessica Fan Kate Poulin
Holly Fisher Emma Smith
Erica Furkis Nina Teff
Scott Hassler Ayden Uhlir
Heidi Jo Hauri-Gill Kim Van Kampen
Kelly Hendrick Annie Wohlgemuth

Therapeutic Riding Horse

The White Horse Community Center, Inc., a 501(c)3 is looking for a gentle equine soul to join our therapeutic program.  Horse should be around 15 hands, a push ride and have a steady and balanced w/t/c.  Most of work will be at the walk and trot.  Needs to be ok with lots of petting and snuggles, stand quietly for grooming and mounting and have a calm temperament.  Please contact Ann Kennedy (570) 427-8014.
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