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Starting a college dressage team in Atlanta

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  • Starting a college dressage team in Atlanta

    I'm a student at Georgia Tech, and I've been trying for a few months to start a dressage team... the equestrian team there is not willing to fund or help out, but that's besides the point that I'm having a lot of difficulty locating a barn - none of us (2 others are interested in joining me) own horses and most of the facilities I have seen so far take over an hour to drive to (which has been a problem in the past for the huntseat team). Does anyone familiar with the area have recommendations of barns that aren't too far of a drive from Atlanta (looking for inside 45 minutes...can do an hour with traffic, but if its 2 hours with traffic that would be difficult for us to get to!)? Having horses to use for the intercollegiate shows would be a big plus, but not necessary - just as long as there are decent school horses or horses that "need to be ridden" there for us to take lessons on. I just need a decent instructor who knows their stuff, and horses who have done above training level...
    Because we are college students, we also can't afford $50 for 30 minute lessons... $40-$50 for an hour would be ok for us, but I have seen some really high rates around here :/

    Also, if there are any ideas on how I could setup some funding (since the huntseat and western team won't give us any of the equestrian club funds to use, they are tight on money this year and think that not enough people are interested in dressage for it to be worth it) - what dressage related stores and organizations in the area would be likely to give us a hand?

    Thanks a bunch.

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    PM sent

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    • #3
      I may have something for you.... just sent an email to the barn, i'll PM if they are interested
      www.destinationconsensusequus.com
      chaque pas est fait ensemble

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      • #4
        Whoa. You need to seriously reconsider your attitude if you want this to work. I'm assuming you're talking about doing IDA showing.

        First of all, the hunt seat and western teams have struggled for years to get what they have. Yeah, what they have looks great to you now, but they have their well-considered reasons for not being able (not necessarily unwilling) to share/stretch their hard-won resources. Chances are this isn't the first time this question has come up.

        An intercollegiate dressage team is a drain on resources, relatively speaking, compared to HS and western; entry fees are more expensive, you have to have a rider at each level to make a team, shows are somewhat more difficult to put on, horses that will work for lower levels in IHSA cannot stretch to the demands of dressage (btw, you don't need horses to show, they will be provided by the host school. No flegling team should consider hosting a show until they get well set-up, including having enough members. So you don't need horses to show--yet; for now, just something to lesson on. This makes a big difference to whoever takes you on for now).

        You don't need lots of horses that have done above training level for practice; your team will have one first-level rider. To get started, you can do with access to one first-level horse. You won't be very competitive this way, but you've got to get started before you can be grossly competitive anyway. You'll do much better to get good practice getting training level horses to go very well than you will practicing on more established horses. You need to learn to get an unknown SCHOOL horse going well, quickly; the more challenging your practice mounts, the more well prepared you'll be for shows. Remember, you'll be catch-riding at shows.

        For funding, think fund-raisers; plan to do a little giving before you expect much getting. Trust me, all of those local business have already been requested to death by young people who think they are somehow deserving of donations, just because (if you're a college student who has time/$$ for horses, you're already marked as "entitled" before you walk in the door). Think long and hard about what you can give back to the businesses you approach, or don't expect much in return.

        I've been adivising an equestrian club for several years now, in an area with far, far fewer opportunities and resources than you have in your area (and we did have an IDA team for a short while). Doing this in any discipline is hard work; one of the things that college should be teaching you is that your years of adolescent entitlement are over, and now you will have to work, and work hard, for the extras that you would like to have. This is NOT a judgement about college students--it is the reality of what my students have had to face in order to make their IHSA experience happen. Lower the standards of what you expect to be given and to achieve, and seriously raise the standards of what you are willing to do to produce results, and you will have a prayer of making this happen. Reality bites .
        "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

        Spay and neuter. Please.

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          Who is this dressage team going to compete against ?

          It seems that there are no other teams in Georgia.
          Last edited by Equibrit; Jul. 12, 2009, 09:30 AM.
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          • #6
            got you 10 horses and 2 instructors sending PM now.
            www.destinationconsensusequus.com
            chaque pas est fait ensemble

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            • #7
              When I showed IDA it was a struggle because we werent school supported. I wouldnt worry about finding horses that are schoolmasters, because you wont be riding schoolmasters when you go to a show. Far from it actually. Training level horses are fine since most of the riders will be showing at or below that level. Also, dont think about hosting a show your first year. Its too much work and you are just starting up.

              For fundraising we did car washes. We paid for everything else ourselves. Our equestrian club (hunt seat and dressage teams) only got $3000 from the school every year, and we had 60+ team members, so that money didnt go far. It wasnt that expensive though. Carpool to every show (and lessons too), pack as many people as you can in a hotel room, and share show clothes so you dont have to all buy them. Good luck!!

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              • #8
                Vogt Riding Academy is inside the perimeter. They have been there for years. Anneliese Vogt Harber is the owner and head trainer - she is TOUGH, but one hell of a teacher. You will learn a lot from her.

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