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Free USEF Lendon Gray clinic offered to Juniors

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  • Free USEF Lendon Gray clinic offered to Juniors

    Trying to get the word out. It is very short notice but the USEF dressage committee is making free clinics available to youth under the age of 20. The clinic in MI is scheduled for November 14 & 15 and will be held in Carson City (northwest of Lansing). Auditors are welcome at $25 per day. If interested in auditing, contact Sue Thome at Winterspring dressage (hoofprintt@aol.com).

    What follows is the information from the USEF:

    The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF) is pleased to announce the launch of the USEF Dressage Youth/Pony Pilot Program for Fall 2009.This program is designed to seek out, educate and assist the development of the young riders, and will be under the direction of Lendon Gray, appointed by the USEF Dressage High Performance Committee.

    “I am thrilled that USEF is going to help to develop the best equitation and riding skills in our younger riders,” Gray said. “It is so much easier to develop correct riding from the early ages than to try to change bad habits later.”

    The Pilot Program will consist of clinics held throughout the United States, which will be conducted by Gray, and high-performance athletes such as Michael Barisone, Pam Goodrich, Arlene “Tuny” Page and David Wightman. “The clinics will include emphasis on position and seat, technical skills, and riding and stable management theory,” continued Gray.

    The clinics will be available to youth 20 years old and under with a special emphasis on riders ages 10 to 17. In order to meet the minimum requirements to participate, riders ages 10-15 on a horse or pony should have obtained a 62% or high from two different judges at First Level and above. Riders ages 16-17 should have obtained 62% or higher from two different judges at Third Level and above. If space permits, clinics will be open to riders 18-20 who have obtained 62% or higher from two different judges at Fourth Level and above. Youth riders who do not qualify, as well as instructors, are encouraged to audit these clinics (organizers may charge an auditing fee). There will be up to ten (10) riders at each clinic.

    The following are clinic dates and locations for the USEF Youth/Pony Pilot Program:

    Instructor Location Dates
    Lendon Gray Carson City, MI November 14-15, 2009
    Pamela Goodrich Boscawen, NH November 21-22, 2009
    Lendon Gray Newtown, PA November 21-22, 2009
    Arlene “Tuny” Page Wellington, FL November 21-22, 2009
    Michael Barisone Long Valley, NJ December 5-6, 2009
    Lendon Gray Marion, TX December 19-20, 2009
    David Wightman Murrieta, CA December 19-20 Lendon Gray Kansas City, MO January 9-10, 2010

    Any rider interested in the clinic must apply through the USEF Dressage Department. The application is available on the USEF website Dressage Page (http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsD...lDressage.aspx)
    Applications for November clinics close October 28, 2009 and applications for December clinics close November 11, 2009.

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    Originally posted by dressagemom View Post
    Pamela Goodrich Boscawen, NH November 21-22, 2009
    Lendon Gray Newtown, PA November 21-22, 2009
    Arlene “Tuny” Page Wellington, FL November 21-22, 2009
    I think this is a *great* idea, but the USEF doesn't hang around enough teenage girls to know that New Moon is coming out on Nov 20, and every girl I know in that age range wants to spend the weekend at the movie theatre!

    The other interesting thing is that they sent emails to the USDF junior members but not the parents. I'm guessing they don't have a computer program that can sort that out.

    I didn't realize the clinic was free, even nicer!