June 2019 - In This Issue:
June 1-2, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Warwick, Bermuda

June 8-9, 2019 
Rouxtano Farm
Hillsborough, NC

June 15-16, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Tex-Over Farms
Conroe, TX

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

June 22-23, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Chagrin Valley Farms
Chagrin Falls, OH

June 25-26, 2019 
Dream Acres
Arundel, ME

June 28-29, 2019 
Hampton Green Farm
Fruitport, MI

June 30, 2019
Youth Dressage Festival Midwest
Hampton Green Farm
Fruitport, MI

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

July 23-25, 2019
D4K Horsemastership Clinic
Hilltop Farm
Colora, MD

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 10-11, 2019
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Canadiana Equestrian Centre
Airdrie, Alberta, 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

Lendon's Youth Dressage Festival 2019 - Calling All Volunteers
Come help with the show, for a few hours or a few days!  

Contact Amanda Gifford at  atahorse@gmail.com.

Ali Brock - Olympian and D4K TEAM Clinic Instructor
Olympian Ali Brock is teaching a Dressage4Kids TEAM Program Clinic later this month at Prince George's Equestrian Center in Maryland.  Auditors are welcome. 

Read a little bit about Ali in this article from  Sidelines Magazine!

By Britney Grover

Ali knows how to push past doubt, forge opportunities and become the very best. Now, she's using her skills and experience to help others make that same journey, both as a trainer and as a partner with US Equestrian.

"If you want to be excellent, you have to put yourself in a position to be mentored and exposed to and trained by people who are themselves excellent," she shared.

To that end, Ali is helping not just her own students but U.S. riders through US Equestrian. She was elected Equestrian Representative for the Athletes Advisory Council, a go-between for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the athletes and US Equestrian. 

Ali has a few working students, and supports youth dressage programs such as Lendon Gray's Dressage4Kids, which she feels is key to continuing the momentum of U.S. dressage success - creating lifelong riders. 

Click here to read the full article at https://sidelinesmagazine.com/weekly-featured/ali-brock-from-aloha-to-the-olympics.html
Attention All Youth Dressage Festival Competitors

ATTENTION Youth Dressage Festival Competitors!  We're looking forward to LYDF 2019 at HITS on the Hudson! 

Please keep in mind the following updates and changes:

- The welfare of the horse comes first. Riders and trainers are responsible for ensuring that their horses are sound and fit enough for competition. 

- No riding until you have checked in with the show office and have your number. 

- There will be a trainers forum with Lendon Gray on Friday evening during the written test.  The forum is for trainers only and we encourage all trainers to attend. 

- There are no prerequisites to enter in the Sport Horse classes (the Handler Class and the Judging Sport Horse Conformation Class).

-If you are entered in one or both of the Sport Horse classes and you are also riding a dressage test during the Friday schooling show, your dressage test will be scheduled in the morning as a Test of Choice in order to try to avoid scheduling conflicts.

-Margaret Freeman will be conducting a "Ride on the Side" during Friday's schooling show during which she will commentate on the rides in the schooling show.

- Teams can include walk/trot division riders.

- For safety reasons barn aisles must be kept clear (NO bikes and tables) and there has to be plenty of room for two horses to pass one another.  Keep your tack and all barn equipment in your tack stall and out of the aisles.  It is at the discretion of Dressage4Kids and its volunteers to mandate that you move something for safety reasons. Dressage4Kids volunteers will be overseeing the safety of the aisles. 
Hayley Baker's Interview with Olivia LaGoy-Weltz
I asked her how she has handled rough patches along the way, and she said, "It's about looking for what's to be learned in that situation, and what can be done differently."

I asked her what some of her favorite things about Lono are, and she giggled as her face lit up. What a great reminder that even at the highest level these horses are our best friends. Lono and Olivia exemplify that so well. Their partnership is beautiful, and they clearly love each other. To answer my question she said, "I like how very snuggly he's become, and his big personality. He was quite introverted and skittish when he first came, and it's still in there to be that way, so it's really that he has his people that he trusts. He's really intelligent and a super fun horse to train."

Pieces of advice for young pros:

Try to find the right situation, surround yourself with people who enjoy learning and passing on knowledge. If you're a talented rider it's your responsibility to pass that on and put in the work to be able to put words to it. 

Applications Open for D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship 
Dressage4Kids and Anne Baber Wallis are proud to announce that the D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship will once again be offered for 2020. 

For more information regarding the scholarship and the application process, please go to:  https://dressage4kidsorg.presencehost.net/scholarships/d4k-christian-kennedy-young-adult-scholarship.html .

The application deadline is August 1, 2019.

Applications Open for the Dressage4Kids Winter Intensive Training Program
Applications are open for the Dressage4Kids Winter Intensive Training Program (WIT).

WIT is held annually in Wellington, Florida, and involves three months (January-March) of pure growth and first-hand experience to open the young rider's eyes to what it's like to be a the best dressage rider they can be.

For more information on the program and how to apply, go to: 
NAYC Volunteers Needed
The North American Youth Championships are returning to Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY July 30 - August 4th!

Come cheer on Junior and Young Riders as they compete for Team and Individual Gold. 

Volunteers are also needed - test runners, gatekeepers, and e-scribes.  Contact Katherine Robertson at krobertson@usdf.org

TEAM Clinic Experience 
By Paige Zimmerman
In April, I received an education grant from ESDCTA and I used part of it to pay for a clinic with Lendon Gray that was held May 11-12 at the beautiful Rhythm & Blues Equestrian Center in Quakertown PA. This clinic was part of the Dressage4Kids TEAM Program, and this was my third such clinic.

We riders must always make consideration of the host property one of our top priorities when attending events such as this. I also want to make sure that my horse partner has time to acclimate before an event. 

So, what did I learn?  Here is some feedback that was fairly consistent for all or most of the riders, including me:
  • One of the most important building blocks of dressage is a forward moving horse that responds to your leg and seat quickly. To achieve more upper-level movements such as half-pass, forward power from the hind end is a must. This does not mean that the horse is running. It means that the horse has upward thrust from behind (which creates a strong topline).
Click here to read more! (article starts on page 10). 
Horse Available
Potentially available through the Dressage4Kids Horse Donation Program: 

Wally is a 16.3 hand 10 year old gelding. He has excellent ground manners and always tries to please his rider. He's currently at first level, schooling 2nd level movements. He moves nicely off your leg and has good gaits. Wally is social and sweet and very trainable. He likes to work and has a great attitude.  Contact Lendon Gray for more info.   
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About Dressage4Kids Inc

Dressage4Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated for the express purpose of providing educational and competitive opportunities for youth riders and the adults who support them.