Junior and young riders from across the country are gearing up to attend the fourth annual Robert Dover HorseMastership Week, to be held Jan. 3-7, 2015 at the VanKampen arena at the Global Dressage Facility in Wellington, Fla. The clinic will feature instruction in both riding and other comprehensive elements required to be a top dressage professional in the industry.
Participants have been carefully selected and will include 12 junior/young riders who will participate as riders, as well as eight junior/young riders who attend as participating auditors. This year, the program will be open to additional adult and junior auditors. The riders and auditors are as follows:
The participants will ride either their own horses or borrowed horses generously donated by individuals who help support the clinic. Each rider will have the opportunity to have one lesson with each of the featured instructors for this year: U.S. High Performance Coach Robert Dover, U.S. Developing Rider Coach Debbie McDonald, U.S. 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Team riders Adrienne Lyle and Laura Graves, and international competitor George Williams. The lessons comprise the morning activities for the riders, and each afternoon there will be at least one speaker addressing the group.
The speakers lined up for this year’s event already include: Charlie Tota of the Dressage Connection (saddle fitting explanation and demonstration), international judges Janet Foy and Charlotte Bredhal (“From the Judge’s Perspective”), farrier Don Later (how shoeing can enhance performance), Lisa Slade of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine (how to handle media at competitions and interviews), and Dr. Shana Chase DVM (veterinary concerns for top competitive horses). Additionally, there will be some top fitness trainers explaining through workout samples for the participants how important physical training is for a top athlete.
For more detailed information about the clinic schedule, email organizer Annie Cizadlo directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditors will be asked to give a daily donation of $25 to the Dressage 4 Kids Foundation.