Chasing the NAYC Dream, Presented by Dressage Today

Thank you Dressage Today for allowing me to share my experiences and help other youth riders reach their NAYC goals! You can find this wonderful article published here.

So, you’re hoping to compete in the Adequan®/FEI North  American Youth Championships (NAYC) presented by Gotham North? Congratulations! The NAYC, formerly known as the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), is a goal that hundreds of young equestrians pursue every year. 

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Introducing the Fifth Annual Dressage Dreams!

Vienna Farm is proud to present the fifth annual Dressage Dreams Summer Youth Camp!

The clinic, running May 26-27, will be headlined by USDF Gold Medalist Jessica Frieman, who will be offering private lessons to each rider both days.

As is the custom in Dressage Dreams clinics, each day will feature a supplemental education session.

Offering advice on how to present your horse for a veterinarian are experts Christine Machin and Kimberly Bodytko.

Alison End Fineberg will present our second education session with ground exercises for better balance in the saddle.

The clinic accepts riders of all levels, through age 25, who want to grow in their knowledge of dressage and experience an outing with their horses in a relaxed, friendly, and educational environment.

I would highly recommend this clinic to any youth rider who perhaps is looking to get more exposure with their horse before tackling the more stressful situation of a show. The format of the camp strengthens all aspects of a rider, both in the saddle and in the barn. The atmosphere is always very inviting and fun, and we would love to have you!

Meet your North East young rider neighbors & make some new friends!

The cost for the two-day camp is $350. The audit fee is $25 per day or $10 for SMDA members.

There is limited onsite stabling available, with local stabling available (please inquire for more information.)

Please contact Amy Libby at (207) 749-3779 or amylibby@maine.rr.com

A Youth’s Perspective on the 2017 USDF Annual Convention

My dad and I arrived on Wednesday, November 29th at the Blue Grass Airport, checked into the Hyatt Regency, and planned out our week that included both the Convention and as much sightseeing as we could manage.

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My Amazing Experiences at the 2017 Courtney King-Dye Horsemastership Clinic

See the official publication of this article in the Dressage Today website.

As soon as I knew I could make it work, I emailed Lendon Grey (president of Dressage4Kids), asking if I could take part in her widely-renowned clinic. Soon after…

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Wellington WITees- An Article for School Journalism

This article includes a few edits from my teacher. The assignment was to write an article of any kind on any topic. I received a 95/100 for this project. Special thanks to Leah Tenney for answering my questions, and Lendon Gray for offering this amazing program!

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WITees are lucky to be missing this scene! Unknown Artist & Rider

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*Updates*

July (as well as the rest of the summer, really) has been and will be super busy. I earned my Bronze Medal, turned 16 years old, clipped DJ’s coat (twice), rode in the double bridle for the first time, and was even invited to D4K’s Courtney King-Dye Horsemastership Program.

The Courtney King-Dye Horsemastership Program is a five-day clinic at Hassler Dressage in Maryland. About a dozen young riders from around the country (possibly only the east coast) are invited due to their talent shown in previous EDAP clinics. The participants receive private lessons with top U.S. coaches every day, as well as lectures on various topics.

It was an incredible honor to be invited, which made my decision to not partake even more difficult. The three weekends before and after the clinic had already been filled with clinics and shows, and the workload would have been way too much for the princess (and for me, frankly. These five-day shows are exhausting!).

As my dad said, it was an honor to be invited, and I hope to have this opportunity presented again next year… possibly on a new horse??