Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Persevering to Pursue Paralympic Dreams

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I discovered the sport of para dressage at age 11, when I searched the internet to see if there were riders with a disability out there, and to my pleasant surprise, there were. I watched riders like Rebecca Hart and Roxanne Trunnell give their all in the ring with their horses. I had waited 17 years for a chance to chase my dream after persistently asking my parents for lessons, and I was so excited.

The Ultimate Rider Award

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Meet a few of the riders who have earned USDF’s new Diamond Achievement Recognition Reprinted from the May/June 2022 issue of USDF Connection magazine By Amy Swerdlin Rider awards—the bronze, silver, and gold medals and freestyle bars—are...

Amazing Gracie

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Shopping for a new horse is wonderful in both anticipation and in memory. The actual process though is like shopping for clothes where fantasy and reality collide. I had just lost a very special horse and I knew that if I wanted to continue riding, I would have to start the process of looking for a new partner.

2021 Grand Prix Adequan®/USDF Horse of the Year Suppernkasper

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Partnerships are what make dressage special. The kinship between horse and rider is often palpable, but some pairs transcend the special to become unmistakably magical.

Discovering Her Roots

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Having recently graduated from law school and with limited funds for a purchase, I found myself browsing PetFinder, hoping to maybe find an Off the Track Thoroughbred. The first profile I clicked on was of a 5-year-old, 13 hand pony mare, named Dixie.

The Next Chapter

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I showed my beloved first Morgan Timmy (Intimidator) in hunter and western pleasure, and those are some of my best life memories.  As I grew up, life and work interfered, and I was away from horses for 15 years.

Always A Ladyhawke

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Growing up, I always wanted a Kennebec Morgan. My mom had worked out at the Kennebec Morgan Farm in the 70s, and told me stories of her happy memories with all the different horses. I was obsessed.

2021 Regional Schooling Show Awards Program

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https://vimeo.com/716911482/3424fc9f33 Through the USDF Regional Schooling Show Awards Program, opportunities for yearly awards and regional rankings abound for USDF Group Members who compete in non-USEF-licensed/non-USDF-recognized competitions. You trained hard for your scores, nominate for the...

Who Knew?

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By Suzanne Roantree Krauss Today, I got a really fun envelope from USDF!  It was stuffed with Rider Performance Certificates with my name on each one. Three certificates and patches saying I had achieved scores of...

Black Pearls

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Originally, dressage wasn’t my main focus, but I quickly became enamored by the sport. Once I was “bitten” by the “dressage bug”, that was it, and I completely focused on training him up through the levels. 
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