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  • Calendar
  • WIT - Spot Available
  • Atlanta Youth Festival
  • A Dressage Trainer's Journey Into Judging
  • Summer Intensive Training Program Video
  • Dressage4Kids Youth Dressage Festival 2022
  • Upcoming Grant Deadlines - The Dressage Foundation

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Dressage4Kids Calendar
Winter Intensive Training Program - Spot Available
The Dressage4Kids Winter Intensive Training Program will be held at Farmore Farm in Loxahatchee, Florida. There is an opening available for this incredible, life-changing program. For more information, go to:
Atlanta Youth Festival
The Atlanta Youth Festival took place on September 19th at the Georgia International Horse Park, site of the 1996 Olympics. Hosted by GDCTA and Liz Molloy and sponsored by The Atlanta Youth Dressage Challenge, GDCTA, Dressage4Kids, Dover Saddlery, County Saddlery, Janie Pride, the National Dressage Pony Cup, and Wilson Custom Horse Products, the Atlanta Youth Festival welcomed 25 youth riders to compete in a three-phase competition including a written test, dressage test, and equitation ride.

The Atlanta Youth Festival was preceded by a 2-day Dressage4Kids TEAM Clinic taught by Lendon Gray, Rachel Chowanec-Kaney and Jos Sevriens.

Sydney Langley, who tied for High Point on the written test, shares her experiences:

I had a wonderful experience at The Atlanta Youth Dressage Festival with Lendon Gray and Dressage 4 Kids. I learned so much throughout the weekend and am looking forward to returning next year.
In my first lesson, Lendon and I worked to achieve a higher degree of collection in my horse, a ten year old Perchron Cross by the name of Darby. We worked on lifting his withers and having more sit though his hindquarters to allow him to achieve more lift. One of the extremely useful exercises we did was to push him forward to a medium trot between two letters and then between the next two letters almost walk to get him to understand my seat aids better. Another exercise we did was halt, rein back, and immediately trot to help him become sharper to my aids. 
In my second lesson we continued the work we had accomplished in the previous lesson. We used some of the same exercises but also introduced some new ones to build on. We started with cantering on a circle in working canter and then we did one stride collected with a large emphasis on the release of the half halt. “A half halt is only a half halt after the release.” This exercise allowed me to get a feeling for the collection without overphasing my horse. 
Continuing on from my lessons, I am working at home to achieve collection over a longer period of time such as two or three strides in the trot and canter. These exercises will continue to get better the stronger he gets. 
After our two lessons, we also competed in the Atlanta Youth Dressage Festival on Sunday. First, at 8:00 AM we took our written test. For my written test I had two read two books, Know Better to Do Better by Denny Emerson  and The Essential Hoof Book by Christina Cline and Susan Kauffman.  I scored 97% on my written test and tied for highest written test score. I then competed in my dressage test where I did 2nd level test 2 for a score of 63%. I placed second in my division of 2nd and 3rd level riders. Then we went on to our equation test where I placed 3rd against some very competitive riders. 
I want to thank Lendon for being the main instructor for the weekend and creating such a wonderful organization, Elizabeth Molloy for organizing a wonderful event and to all the volunteers that helped the event run smoothly. 


Overall High Point Rider
Caitlyn Massey

High Point Written Test (Tie)
Sydney Langley & Savannah Purcell

High Point Dressage Test
Sophie McChesney

High Point Equitation
Caitlyn Massey

High Point Pony Club
Sydney Langley

High Point Pony Rider Champion
Briana Margin

High Point Pony Rider Reserve Champion
Maya Karson

Baroque Award
Alice Burley

"It is always such a pleasure to ride with Lendon and to watch and learn from the other riders. It had been four years since I had ridden with Lendon and for her to see how far I had come from just barely third level to now schooling the U25 was really fun! The TEAM clinics are always fun to attend!" - Suzannah Rogers 

"Habibi and I had two very educational and exciting lessons, one with Jos Sevriens and one with Lendon Gray. Both lessons provided us with thoughtful and helpful feedback. We appreciate D4K because of its quality instruction in and out of the saddle. I would also like to say thank you to all the sponsors, to the Georgia International Horse Park, and to Miss Liz Molloy for making all this possible." - Uma Kraskin
Overall Champion Caitlyn Massey
Sydney Langley and Darby
Uma Kraskin and Habibi
A Dressage Trainer's Journey Into Judging
by Ange Bean
Published in The Chronicle of the Horse

I recently served as a licensed dressage judge at a USDF/USEF show, a goal that has been years in the making.

Although I began this path to become a better competitor, I gained so much more. As my “judge’s eye” developed, my students benefited. And, while I initially found judging quite challenging, as I put more time into developing my judging skills, I developed more confidence and began to enjoy helping riders from the judge’s booth.

Summer Intensive Training Program Video
Check out the following video that Summer Intensive Training Program participant Riley Schreiber put together:

Dressage4Kids Youth Dressage Festival 2022
August 11-13, 2022
Save the date!

Dressage4Kids Youth Dressage Festival will take place August 11-13, 2022 at HITS on the Hudson Showgrounds in Saugerties, New York.

The festival offers individual and team competition for riders from ages 4 through 25. Division championships feature a three-phased competition: a written test, an individual dressage test, and an equitation ride. Divisions offered are Introductory through Fourth, FEI Pony, Junior and Young Rider and Para Equestrian. Riders may also assemble teams and vie for the Kross Creek Farm Team Championships in honor of Margarita Serrell. Classes for Leadline (riders aged 4 to 8), Prix Caprilli (dressage ride incorporating jumps), Dressage Trail and Musical Freestyle are offered, as are other competitive and fun activities.
TDF Grant Applications Due

Captain John H. "Jack" Fritz Young Professionals Grants - due December 1st

Oregon Dressage Society Linda S. Acheson Fund - due November 15th

Para-Equestrian Dressage Fund - due November 1st

About Dressage4Kids
Dressage4Kids, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated for the express purpose of providing educational and competitive opportunities for youth riders and the adults who support them.