July 2019 - In This Issue:
Olympian Ali Brock with D4K TEAM Rider Emma Teff
July 12-14, 2019
Lendon's Youth Dressage Festival
HITS on the Hudson
Saugerties, NY

July 23-24, 2019 - NEW
DQ Performance Horses
Pilesgrove, NJ 

July 27-28, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Riding Right Farm
Buskirk, NY

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

August 6-7, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Elevation Equestrian
Saskatoon, Canada

August 13-14, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Southlands Riding Club
Vancouver, British Columbia

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

September 7-8, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Rein Dance Equestrian
Delano, MN

September 14-15, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Peridot Equestrian Center
San Marcos, CA

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

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

October 12-13, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Tempel Farms
Wadsworth, IL

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

October 25-26, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Georgia Int'l Horse Park
Conyers, GA

October 27, 2019
Atlanta Youth Festival
Georgia Int'l Horse Park
Conyers, GA

November 2-3, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Heritage Equestrian Center
East Greenwich, RI

November 16-17, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Scarlet Day Farm
Gray, ME

July 19-20, 2020
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
During USPC Festival
Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington, Kentucky

Youth Dressage Festival Midwest Results
Photo credit: Lily Forado

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Lendon's Youth Dressage Festival Midwest happen!  Thank you to especially to Kim Van Kampen.  We had a great 2-day TEAM Clinic followed by the Festival!  

Click here for more photos (thank you Lily Forado).
Lendon's Youth Dressage Festival - Saugerties, NY - Roving Trainer
We welcome Nicole DelGiorno as our Roving Trainer at LYDF.

Horsemanship starts with honoring the horse - his strengths, weaknesses, habits, nature, experiences, anxieties and joys. From there, a training and management program can be developed that leads to a harmonious partnership. This commitment to the horse has driven Nicole DelGiorno's approach to educating dressage riders of all ages. With the belief that empathy is at the core of mastery, she strives to foster a curiosity and love of the horse that will allow her students to navigate any obstacle they may encounter. 

Competitors coming without a trainer are given preference. Competitors who might need help with warmups because of ride time conflicts can also sign up.

To sign up:  Email Lendon Gray in advance (best option) or use the sign up sheet located at the Volunteer Booth. Times are not guaranteed.
LYDF New York - Stable Management Challenge
Sunday, July 14, 2019

The two top scorers in the Written Test in each of the age groups for ages 11 through 21 will be invited to participate in a practical Stable Management test.  A list of riders qualifying for this competition will be posted outside of the Show Office on Saturday.

This year's Stable Management Challenge will consist of a list of scenarios and skills. Each competitor in the Challenge will be asked to answer questions about a particular topic, identify items in a practical situation or demonstrate skills chosen at random from the list below.

The list is being provided so that you may study and be prepared to the best of your ability to respond to the Challenge chosen for you from the list.

Lucie Reford's Interview with Tina Irwin
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Canadian dressage rider, Tina Irwin.

Before shows, she sticks to her regular routine in order to keep herself calm. In addition to this, she works with a sports psychologist to maximize her performance.

I asked Tina about her riding role models. She told me she has always looked up to anybody who is a real horse person, specifically Isabell Werth, Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin. Tina is inspired by how they take horses who are not naturally impressive and build them into the most talented horses in the world.

To finish out the interview we talked about her best piece of advice. Tina is a big believer that surrounding yourself with good people makes all the difference. For her, those people happen to be her husband and two children as well as her barn family. Her support system makes all the difference in her riding.
TEAM Clinic Experiences - by Phoebe Keliher
Photo credit: Jennifer Mitchell.
Scooby and I went to our fourth TEAM clinic, third with Lendon Gray these past couple of days; the 25th and 26th. We had two great rides and I learned so much during the lessons and lectures. I was very pleased to have finally gotten my polo wraps 'Lendon approved'! I wrote a little about what I learned from the lectures and rides.

Overall the TEAM clinic experience was -once again- amazing. Everytime I ride with Lendon I learn so much from my rides, the lectures, and watching the other riders. Thanks to everyone who makes the clinics happen; they are such wonderful learning opportunities. 

LYDF Saugerties, NY - Dates for 2020 - Quick Survey
We are looking ahead to next year and would like to take a quick poll regarding dates for Lendon's Youth Dressage Festival at HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, New York.  Our 2 options are:

July 10-12, 2020
August 7-9, 2020

Please email Mary at d4k.org@gmail.com. Thank you for your input!
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