Friday, December 2, 2022

My Little Wonder Pony

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If I have one regret, it’s that I didn’t begin Ginger’s dressage career earlier on. I am a petite adult, but riding a 12.2hh pony, so you can imagine the looks I get sometimes. I used to let this get in the way of taking ourselves seriously as competitors, but my little pony has more heart and try than any horse I have ever sat on.

Merlin’s Magic

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Sweet Seniors! In October on#YourDressage, we are celebrating the special horses in our lives that are ages 20 and up through photo galleries and exclusive stories.  Join us all month long as we celebrate...

An Interview with NAYC Star Erin Nichols

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Erin Nichols took the FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) Young Rider division by storm in her second time at the competition. Earning gold in both the Individual Test and Freestyle, and earning the...

Meet the Winners of the 2022 USDF Arts Contest

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The annual USDF Arts Contest is designed to highlight the creativity and beauty of dressage and to allow USDF members to express their interest in the sport outside of the competition arena.  Entries are...

Worth More Than Gold

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Hello, my name is Lexie Kment, and I am a 16 year old FEI Junior rider from Palmyra, Nebraska. The North American Youth Championship, otherwise known as NAYC, not only gave me the opportunity to excel in the ring but also to find new friendships that honestly have changed my life forever.

Lessons Learned from a Horse Show Mom

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I have always loved animals, particularly horses, and at the age of eight my grandmother Sheena decided to pay for me to take horseback riding lessons. This began a lifelong dressage passion that would follow me into adulthood. As I began college, I took ten years off riding to get married, begin my career, and have my own children: two boys, Kade and Kyson, and a girl named Aubrey.

Living the Dream

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My name is Sydney Schultz, and I live in Mandeville, Louisiana. I am beyond excited to be a competitor in the 2022 FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC) as a Young Rider. The past two years have been an incredible journey and to finish with this competition is “storybook” material!! 

A Trailblazer in the USDF Youth Dressage Rider Recognition Pin Program

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This year, Tessa Holloran became the first USDF Youth Member to earn all seven pins in the USDF Youth Dressage Rider Recognition Pin Program. The program is designed to recognize the accomplishments of youth...

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...
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