Markel / USEF YH Dressage Training Session in Georgia
The 1st day of the Markel / USEF YH Training Session in Georgia was held today at Shannondale Farm in Alpharetta, GA. The session was led by Scott Hassler, the USEF YH Dressage Coach and included 10 riders with horses aged 4-6 who are preparing for 2012 FEI Young Horse Compeition. Here is a link to a photo of Scott, Hallye Griffin, the USEF National Dressage Program Director, and the riders (listed below).
I was impressed with the caliber of the horses and riders and Scott's coaching style is exceptional. This is the first in a series of Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Sessions that are open to the public. I would strongly encourage trainers, riders, owners and breeders of young dressage horses to audit one of these sessions if you have the chance.
The full list of the Selected Riders & Horses selected for the Markel/USEF Young Horse Training Session are:
Horses of 2008:
David Myers of SC riding Finneus, a Westfalian gelding by Fidertanz owned by David & Stacie Myers and bred by Gina Frisk
Ashley Marascalco of GA riding Hadrian HVH, a Hanoverian gelding by Hotline owned & bred by High Valley Hanoverians
Horses of 2007:
Dawn Jensen of SC riding EMC Legacy Gold ESE, a Hanoverian mare by Liberty Gold owned by Sherry-Anne Smith and bred by Laura Trumbower
Jessica Barnes of GA riding EMC Demitasse HF, a Hanoverian mare by DeLaurentis owned & bred by Haralson Farm
Sandie Gaines-Beddard of NC riding Flairance, an Oldenburg mare by Serano Gold owned by Sandie Beddard and bred by Clemens Von Merveldt
Jennifer Flowers of NC riding Zucci Royal, a Friesian mare by Arjen 417 owned and bred by Nancy Williams
Stacey Hastings of NC riding Lysias, an Oldenburg gelding by Licotus owned by Stacey Hastings and bred by Steffi Becker
Ashley Marascalco of GA riding Radiance HVH, a Hanoverian mare by Rotspon owned & bred by High Valley Hanoverians
Horses of 2006:
Karen Lipp of GA riding Baximilliana, a Dutch Warmblood mare by Johnson owned by Karen Lipp
C. Michelle Folden of SC riding Rania, a Danish Warmblood mare by Don Schufro owned & bred by Susan Bender "
The Young Horse training session was exceptional !!! The horses were ages 4-6 and the riders were a combination of well-skilled Adult Amateurs and Professionals.... lots of talent at the training session. It was very meaningful to experience the coaching methods of Scott Hassler. EVERY rider experienced his support and encouragement and his keen eye that enabled him to tune into the specific training needs of the horse & rider partnership. And, Scott has a way of filling in the details so that auditors can truly relate and gain tips that they can use in their journey with their young horses.