Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Cappa Irish Charmer

The mighty Irish Draught Horse! We are celebrating them as our January Breed of the Month on YourDressage! Dressage riders who choose Irish Draughts as...

Regaining the Spark

Silver Wend (aka Neala) is a 2008 Irish Draught Sport Horse. I got her as my first horse seven years ago. She couldn’t have been a more perfect first horse for 11 year-old me. She loves to be around people, she's goofy and playful, and she is always willing to try everything I ask of her. Overall, she just has a heart of gold.

Sunny, Daisy, and Laurel – A Dream Come True

The mighty Irish Draught Horse! We are celebrating them as our January Breed of the Month on YourDressage! Dressage riders who choose Irish Draughts as...

What Makes a Good Para-Dressage Horse?

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Para-dressage runs parallel to “able-bodied” dressage in almost every aspect. When it comes to selecting a horse, is there any difference between the two disciplines? By Elizabeth Moyer Reprinted from the January/February 2020 issue of USDF Connection magazine

Challenged, To Victory – The Genevieve Rohner Story

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Meet the Youngest U.S. Classified Para Equestrian - Genevieve Rohner. She is a Grade IV Para Equestrian based in Park City, UT. "To say my daughter’s life in the equestrian world ‘has been’ a journey is not correct, as that implies something has ended. In fact, the journey is still unfolding."

Cinderellas’ Gloves

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In August 2010, Courtney Anderson lost her left hand in a ranching accident, when she was only 18 years old. While she was ponying a mare to another pasture on the ranch where she was working, the mare spooked and Courtney found her hand caught in the rope, unable to free herself. Much of her hand was damaged far too extensively to consider other options. However, six week post-op, they couldn’t keep her away, and Courtney was horseback gathering and working bulls. Needless to say, since the accident Courtney has become quite adept at thinking outside of the box to accomplish her goals.

A Fairytale Called Mason

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Our story really is a fairytale complete with true love, dancing, fairy godmothers, sidekicks, and a happily ever after. Thanks to Mason I’m ready for the next big chapter on the way to the international para dressage ring.

From the YourDressage Community

Think Outside the Arena

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Why land conservation should be a priority for dressage riders everywher By Lisa Munniksma Reprinted from USDF Connection March 2014 In the area surrounding Mount airy, MD, just west of Baltimore and north of Washington, DC, you’ll...

Making the “Untraditional” My New Traditional

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By Madelyn Houser I never thought I'd... Actually, I legitimately began typing that statement before coming to my senses and realizing it was false information. Let me rephrase myself before I continue on - I...

Regaining the Spark

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Silver Wend (aka Neala) is a 2008 Irish Draught Sport Horse. I got her as my first horse seven years ago. She couldn’t have been a more perfect first horse for 11 year-old me. She loves to be around people, she's goofy and playful, and she is always willing to try everything I ask of her. Overall, she just has a heart of gold.

Who or what is your horse’s companion?

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Some horses have llamas, some have donkeys or another horse. Some are even best buds with a feline! USDF wants to hear from YOU! Leave us a comment with your answer below!

What Have You Done for Me, Lately?

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By: Ross Creech Janet Jackson may have asked the question, but it’s USDF’s passionate and dedicated Group Members (GMs) that have demanded an answer. While...

How to Start a GMO (Group Member Organization)

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Could your area use a USDF-affiliated dressage club? Here’s how to get started. By Jill Chamblin Reprinted form the May/June 2019 issue of USDF Connection magazine Are...

The View from C

Around the Office

The Traveling Trot Trophy – A USDF Perpetual Award

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Every year at the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, year-end award winners, champions, and high-score recipients are presented with perpetual trophies commemorating their achievements. Even beyond the significance of the awards, many of these trophies incorporate...

Meet the Show Secretary – Shannon Ryan-Dinmore

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Please share a little about yourself and your background. I am an avid equestrian that grew up riding hunter/jumpers, but have since transitioned to eventing and dressage. I served on the board of a...

Staff Profile: Elena Sandidge

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Department: Competitions Job title: Senior Competition Coordinator What is your main task in the office? Processing USDF Competition Recognition applications and reviewing prize lists. Members may call you concerning: USDF competition recognitions, prize lists reviews, insurance certificates,...

Meet the L Graduate- Aviva Nebesky

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Aviva is a little unusual in the horse world as she started riding in her 30s, not as a child. After a bad fall over a cross country fence, she decided to focus exclusively...
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