Thursday, Jun. 6, 2024

The USEF Dressage Festival

Dear Rita,

It’s that time of year again when the Collecting Gaits Farms/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions takes place in Gladstone, N.J., at the USET headquarters.

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Dear Rita,

It’s that time of year again when the Collecting Gaits Farms/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions takes place in Gladstone, N.J., at the USET headquarters.

Now, if you are a bit confused between the USEF and USET, the Federation (USEF) is the organization that oversees all national and international equestrian sports in the USA. The Foundation (USET) is the organization that raises money to fund the High Performance programs in the international divisions of equestrian sport.

Many USEF offices are now located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. All of the USET offices are located in the historic building located on Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, N.J. It is at this beautiful location that the USEF Dressage Festival is normally held.

This year, from Sept. 8-11, you can watch some of the best dressage in our country. Classes with pony riders, junior riders, young riders and Brentina Cup participants will be held alongside the 2011 Pan American Games Selection Trials and the 2011 Grand Prix Championships.

For a tentative schedule, check the USEF website or find more information here.

Admission to the Festival is free of charge, and parking is $20 per day. You can purchase VIP seating for $2,500 per table (6), or $300 per day for an individual seat, or $500 per seat for Saturday/Sunday. VIP seating is ringside in a comfortable tent, and it includes parking and catered food and beverage during the event. Reservations at: mpethick@uset.org

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Enter “1040 Pottersville Road, Gladstone, New Jersey” in your navigational system and come on over for a lovely weekend of dressage!

For all those competitors out there who are wondering how the footing held up through Hurricane Irene, take a look at Cadillac training in the main arena the day after 10 inches of rain during the storm. That is a generator you hear in the background. Many people in our area are still out of power. But the riding is good at the USET!


I’m Catherine Haddad Staller, and I’m saying it like it is from Gladstone, NJ.

Training Tip of the Day: Even in the worst of circumstances (hurricanes, no power, bridges out) bring focus and concentration to your riding!

 

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