Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Game-Changer

Put US para-dressage on the medal podiums? Bien sûr, says French-born program leader Michel Assouline, who has brought his winning ways with Team Great...

“Percy”

There are certain memories from my childhood that stand out. From my earliest moments in life, I remember being totally obsessed with horses. By the time I came along, my parents had started to build a farm in South Carolina with some acreage, raised cows, and procured a couple of pasture puff horses that were mostly feral. I rode every chance I could. My mind was constantly daydreaming of a certain racing Arabian black stallion (thanks Walter Farley) and numerous dancing grey Lipizzaners in formation from Miracle of the White Stallions!

To Love Lipizzans

As we built our partnership, we accumulated a number of accomplishments, but I would have to say our greatest accomplishment was obtaining all six USDF Rider Medals and USDF Freestyle Bars together - all before I turned 21. We are one of only a small number of US riders to accomplish this feat in general, let alone an even smaller group to do so at such a young age and all on one horse.

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

Working Equitation

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By Elizabeth S. Hussey DVM Editor's Note: This article won first place for a GMO Newsletter Award for first-person experience for GMOs with fewer than 75 members category. It appeared in the November 2016 issue...

Happy Campers

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Learn why riders clamor to attend this California Dressage Society chapter’s dressage camp Story and photos by Patti Schofler Fifteen years ago, people thought the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Dressage Society (SVCCDS) was crazy...

Deck the Stalls!

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It's time to be holly and jolly and enjoy the holidays with your two and four-legged friends. Enjoy this gallery of photos our social media followers shared, showcasing their festive spirit!

The Most Unique Dressage Adventure in Spain

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By Anna Morton Imagine a setting where there are more horses than cars, more stables than garages, and each restaurant prioritizes tables that land at horse-height so you never have to dismount. This past June...

Central Florida Dressage (CFD)

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Group Member Organizations (GMOs) are the foundation of USDF and integral in bringing dressage and dressage education to the masses. Stay connected with your...

Alamo Dressage Association (ADA)

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Group Member Organizations (GMOs) are the foundation of USDF and integral in bringing dressage and dressage education to the masses. Stay connected with your...

The View from C

LIDA Honors a Leader

Around the Office

Meet the L Graduate – Barb Soukup

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USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist Barb Soukup, of Chardon, OH, is a USDF L Graduate with Distinction. She began riding at age 13 with a passion for horses that has stuck with her throughout...

Meet the Committee Chair – Chris Trentelman, USDF By-Laws Committee

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What is your committee’s mission? To make any revisions to the By-Laws as become necessary or are determined to be necessary. How long have you been on this committee? 25+ years I think. Have lost...

Meet the L Graduate – Cindy Thaxton

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Cindy Thaxton gained an interest in dressage after riding a jumper in 1980. When she turned professional in 1985, she decided to start learning dressage as an adjunctive learning experience to her hunter/equitation program....

Meet the At-Large Director, Sue McKeown, Technical Council

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What is your role within the council?  As the Director of the Technical Council, my role is to act as liaison between the Executive Board and the Council.  I am responsible for disseminating information...
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