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A Tip of the Hat May 2019


A Tip of the Hat

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President’s Page

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Join us for the 2019 Fall Symposium

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Symposium News: Top 10 Reasons... Demonstration Riders Wanted for the Fall Symposium

NEDA 2019 OFFICERS

President:

Phyllis LeBlanc 978-807-3378  president@neda.org

Vice President-Activities: Kate O’Connor 508-612-6985  vpactivities@neda.org

Vice President-Services: Christine Shea 978-314-9922  vpservices@neda.org

11 Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Calling all Demo Riders 2019-20 USDF “L” Program

Board Secretary:

16 The Balanced Rider

Treasurer:

14 News from the USEF “R” Dressage Judge Program 17 Support the Spring Show!

18 Strongwater Farm Launches Capital Campaign for Indoor Arena 21 NEDA Calendar 2019

22 Dressage4Kids Team Clinic with Felicitas Von Neumann-Cosel 24 Stallion Paddock 29 Region 8 News

30 2019 Dressage Shows A Tip of the Hat is a publication of The New England Dressage Association, Inc., a non-profit, tax exempt corporation. MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS AND CHANGES OF ADDRESS Please contact: Tammy Paparella 6 Pratt’s Junction Rd. Sterling, MA 01564 978-422-2324 memberentry@neda.org

Heather Stone 617-480-8077  secretary@neda.org Iris Berdrow 781-589-6422  treasurer@neda.org

COORDINATORS and MANAGERS

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Membership Services Coordinator: Jennifer Dillon  508-641-3121  membership@neda.org Nominations: Jennifer Englund  917-330-2462  volunteer@neda.org Ombudsman: Alexandra Dane  978-356-0682  ombudsman@neda.org Member-at-Large: Helen van der Voort  917-834-2635  memberatlarge@neda.org

Competitions Coordinator: Beth Jenkins  508-655-6490  shows@neda.org Spring Show: Paul Cormier  508-995-5988  springshow@neda.org Fall Show: Beth Jenkins  508-655-6490  shows@neda.org Sport Horse/Breed Shows: Kathy Hickerson  603-673-4344  sporthorse@neda.org Year-End Awards:  yea@neda.org

Public Relations Coordinator: Krista Nordgren  207-749-6643  pr@neda.org Communications/Social Media: Krista Nordgren  207-749-6643  communications@neda.org Advertising - Outbound:  advertising@neda.org Photography: Carole MacDonald  508-366-7886  photo@neda.org Technology Coordinator: Donna Winters  508-947-6982  technology@neda.org

Sponsorship Coordinator: Vincent Flores  832-205-2285  sponsorship@neda.org Sponsor Facilitator: Open  SponsorFacilitator@neda.org

TIP Editor: Angela Prenosil  413-627-2699  TipEditor@neda.org Graphic Design: June Evers  845-294-0656  jevers@warwick.net TIP Advertising: Angela Prenosil  413-627-2699  tipads@neda.org

COMPETITION COMMITTEE

SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE

A TIP OF THE HAT ADVERTISING Classified ads must be submitted to the Advertising Editor via email in plain text (.txt) or word (.doc).

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

NEWSLETTER STAFF

USDF REGION 8

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Region 8 Director: Debra Reinhardt  region8dir@usdf.org Youth Coordinator: Jennifer Dillon  508-641-3121  jen@dilloneq.com

All ads must be submitted to the Advertising Editor with a check made out to NEDA. Contact: Angela Prenosil, 413-627-2699 ▲tipads@neda.org

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Education Coordinator: J. Stanley Edwards  617-293-8209  education@neda.org Judge Education: Sally Davenport  781-378-1881  judgeed@neda.org Symposium Organizer: Beth Beukema  508-320-6549  fallsym@neda.org Scholarships: Samantha Williams  413-297-2384  scholarships@neda.org

Albert ISF ridden by Rita Brown at Spring Show 2018. Photo: Carole MacDonald


PRESIDENT’S PAGE

Happy Spring! W e are looking forward to getting through mud season and getting outdoors and enjoying some glorious weather. You should have received your Omnibus by now to help you with planning your season.

With the show season getting underway we are sad to announce that NEDA will not be organizing and managing a schooling show this spring to benefit Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center Riding Programs. Our partnership began fifteen years ago as a fundraiser for what

was then T.H.E. Farm, a therapeutic equestrian facility, on the grounds of Tewksbury Hospital in Tewksbury, MA. Strongwater Farm provided the grounds for the schooling show and NEDA organized the show as a fundraiser for the therapeutic riding programs.

Diana Lane, who was ably assisted for many years by Barbara Odiorne, took on the task of learning how to put on a show and set up rings, take entries and manage a horse show. They were mentored by Paul Cormier in the early days of learning the process. In the last few years Kristin Smith took over for Barbara Odiorne in assisting Diana.

Over the years many NEDA members, including myself, participated in the shows to try out new tests, expose young horses to the big, scary world of horse shows or begin their show careers at T.H.E. Farm Schooling Shows. Schooling shows are a

wonderful place to test the waters of showing. T.H.E. Farm provided a quiet, friendly environment as an introduction to horse shows for both riders and horses. The volunteers who worked at the show led by Diana, Barbara, and Kristin were always friendly and encouraging and provided a wonderful experience for the competitors.

We thank Diana Lane, Barbara Odiorne and Kristin Smith and all the volunteers for organizing and running the show for so many years. They have done a wonderful job for both NEDA and Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center Riding Program. Many riders have benefitted from having a friendly, encouraging show to attend. Strongwater Farm has some exciting plans for the future with the addition of an indoor arena. Please see page 18 to learn more.

Diana Lane is stepping down from managing the schooling show. Both NEDA and Strongwater Farm are interested in continuing the schooling show in the future if we find a new manager. If you are interested in exploring the opportunity to volunteer to manage the schooling show please contact Jennifer Englund at

nominations@neda.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

In closing a reminder that the opening date for ticket sales for the NEDA Fall Symposium featuring Dorothee Schneider is May 30th. We expect VIP tickets to sell out quickly and general ticket sales to be brisk so don’t delay! Don’t miss out!

Best, Phyllis Photo: Carole MacDonald

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R E A S O N S to Attend the 2019 Fall Symposium with Dorothee Schneider

1. Be Educated

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Dorothee is known as the “Championmaker” for bringing horses from the ground up to Grand Prix. Dorothee has trained and shown over 15 Grand Prix horses. From Van Deyk to her current top mount Sammy Davis Jr.

2. Be inspired

From young horses to Grand Prix, enjoy the journey with our demonstration teams. Riders will share their experience with the audience as they absorb the instruction of Dorothee Schneider.

3. Be one of the First

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NEDA is pleased to be the first to welcome this extraordinary athlete, trainer and instructor to North America. Register early to guarantee your seat as seating will be limited.

4. Develop your Eye

Dorothee will give her insights into selecting the young dressage prospect. Four young horses will be viewed during the symposium.

5. Learn from our unmounted lectures

Speakers will give presentations on current horse care techniques during morning check in and at the lunch break.

6. Build community

Meet up with your NEDA colleagues, catch up with your friends, and meet new ones.

7. Support NEDA

Become a Patron and support education in the NEDA community. Your Patron ticket supports the fall symposium and comes with added perks such as premier seating, on-site parking and an invitation to Friday afternoon’s wine and cheese reception.

8. Shop/ Browse

During Symposium breaks, auditors will enjoy shopping and browsing. Last year we hosted over 20 vendors including: Maine Horse and Rider, Bit of Britain, the NEDA Boutique, Blue Bridle Insurance, County Saddlery, Dressage Today Online, LaMundial, 15 Hands Horsewear, Selleria Equipe Saddlery to name a few.

9. Relax

At the event, you’ll receive comfortable seating and a gourmet box lunch. Easy paring shuttle options to make sure you will get to the event smoothly and easily.

10. Enjoy a mini vacation

Easy to get to and packed with hotels and dining options, The Pioneer Valley is a beautiful area and will make for a fabulous fall getaway. Continued →

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Join us for the 2019 Fall Symposium ... Tickets go on sale, online only, for NEDA members on June 8, 2019 with special early bird pricing (Save $15) through June 30. Verify your NEDA membership and ensure you can successfully log on at www.neda.org. Regular tickets include a box lunch and free shuttle parking to the Equestrian Center from a Mount Holyoke College parking lot.

Ticket pricing for members: one day$110.00, two days-$175.00. Non-member tickets go on sale to the general public July 1, 2019 pending availability. Join NEDA today for maximum benefits.

A limited number of Patron tickets will also go on sale for NEDA members on June 8, 2019. Patron tickets include premium reserved seating, on-site parking, box lunch and a ticket to the premier Wine and Cheese Reception for the riders and sponsors on Friday afternoon. Patron ticketing is limited to at the cost of $325.00 each. In addition to these wonderful perks, please consider becoming a Patron of the Symposium to sponsor the future of education to our New England Dressage community.

Demonstration riders are being solicited for this prestigious event with applications opening June 26, 2019 and closing July 24, 2019. Please check the NEDA website for details.

Photo: Tanja Becker

A commemorative T- shirt may be ordered online for pick-up at the NEDA Boutique at the event. T-shirts must be pre-ordered.

Mount Holyoke College is in a scenic five-college community with many accommodations at full occupancy during the fall so please book rooms early. Northampton

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and Amherst college towns are close, but also look at Chicopee and Holyoke with Springfield as an alternate site.

Sponsorship, advertising, and vendor opportunities are available to put your brand in front of a committed, passionate audience. At the NEDA Fall Symposium, your brand will reach more than 500 on-

site dressage enthusiasts, our online followers, and NEDA’s dressage community. The commemorative program will feature rider bios, exclusive content, and photos from Dorothee, so don’t miss out on advertising in this keepsake piece. Please visit neda.org to view a range of sponsorship opportunities.


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DOROTHEE SCHNEIDER BY BETH BEUKEMA, FALL SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZER

Demonstration Riders Wanted for Fall Symposium

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orothee Schneider will be the featured clinician at the NEDA Fall symposium on October 19 & 20, 2019. The event will be held at the picturesque Equestrian Center at Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, MA. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from this prominent German rider and clinician

The focus of the Fall Symposium with Dorothee Schneider will be the progression of training through the levels from young horse to the Grand Prix. Across the two-day event, auditors will view 10-12 horses work under the direction of Dorothee. Demonstration riders and their horses will be highlighted in six, 45-60-minute sessions. Some sessions will have two horses in the ring simultaneously.

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As this is a symposium, demonstration riders will be asked to perform in front of a large audience of 500 auditors, so calm and cool nerves are required. The focus of a symposium is the education of the audience rather than completion of any certain criteria on a rider’s agenda. Riders should be comfortable riding in front of a crowd and open to the clinician’s techniques with a willing attitude and a sense of humor. An integral part of the symposium, the demonstration riders and horses are key to the success of the event. We are in search of horses at various levels of training from young sports horses through the Grand Prix level. Ms. Schneider will be involved in the final approval process and has requested that all riders be experienced riding at third level or above.

In search of the following horses:

We need four, young horses: 4, 5 or 6year-old horses capable of showing the qualities to look for in dressage prospects and that have been started in their training along the lines of the young horse classes. The young horses need not have competed in the FEI Young Horse classes but should have equivalent competency level and have some competitive experience. These horses will be shown one day each to allow the audience to see a variety of horses over the two-day symposium.

The additional horses (Third Level through Grand Prix) required must all have competitive experience at the level they are applying for and show harmony of horse and rider in their training ap-

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proach. A video of a complete test must be uploaded to YouTube and a link provided to cumulative competition scores. The mature horses will be grouped as we highlight schooling from Third Level horses through Grand Prix.

Horse and rider combinations will receive: 2 auditor passes (one for rider and second for groom/guest): 1 or 2 demonstration rides under Dorothee Schneider with no fee; 2 lunch passes each day; 2 tickets to the Wine and Cheese reception Friday late afternoon; and an experience of a lifetime.

Here are the details on applying:

1. Applications will be accepted online ONLY between June 26th and midnight, July 24th. www.neda.org

2. Incomplete and late applications will NOT be accepted. 3. Rider must be a NEDA member at the time of application.

4. Only rider and groom will receive passes to symposium. Rider applicants are encouraged to purchase tickets to the symposium and if they are selected NEDA will refund the purchase price. This promises to be a sold-out event and we do not want you to miss out on attending.

horse registration number. Check that the link works.

9. Submit equestrian biographical information on rider (250-400 words)

10. Submit horse breeding: sire, dam, dam’s sire

11. Horse information and history (250 words)

12. Stabling costs will be borne by the rider and paid to Mount Holyoke College ($100 for the duration). Horses are encouraged to arrive Thursday to acclimate to the venue.

13. Attach a photo suitable for the program of horse and rider with photo credit, preferably a competition photo.

14. Potential riders are encouraged to book hotels now as it is a busy weekend in the five-college area. A very limited number will be out blocked for NEDA and Mount Holyoke but these will run out early.

The selection criteria will include competition record, gaits, and harmony of horse and rider. Please make sure your video is high quality with the horse easily visible and shot with a steady camera. We do not recommend cell phone hand held videos. Poor quality video could adversely affect your selection. The final approval of horses and riders will be by Dorothee Schneider. Preliminary selection will be by a panel of two” S“ judges and one “R” judge. The selection process should be completed by early September with riders announced mid-September.

For further information contact Beth Beukema, Fall Symposium Organizer. fallsym@neda.org

Good luck with your application and remember, this will be a highly sought-after opportunity.

5. Owners need not be a NEDA member but if their horse is selected; tickets may be sold out. Potential owners are advised to purchase tickets on June 8 when auditor ticketing opens.

6. Rider must submit video link of a test ride at the level they are applying for. Test may be at a competition or at home. Videos longer than 8 minutes will be discarded. Young horse applicants (4,5 & 6-year-olds) may submit test of choice. Other horses must be from Third Level through Grand Prix. Video must be submitted on line to YouTube or similar site.

7. Video link must open; check it before sending

8. Submit link to cumulative competition scores for horse applying from USDF.org or Centerline Scores with

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iders, here is an opportunity to get in some test practice and receive constructive comments. “The L program was a great opportunity to get feedback from a top USEF and/or FEI judge” states Adult Amateur, Julie Hoogeveen, who rode in the 2016 session. For the 2019-20 “L” the judge/instructors will be ‘A’ session: Marilyn Heath, USEF “S” and former L program chairperson; ‘B’ Session: Lois Yukins, USEF “S”, FEI 4* and current “L” program chair; and ‘C” session: Janet Foy, USEF “S” and FEI 5*.

Demo riders are requested for all three sessions of the USDF “Learner” program. Practice judging will be held at Apple Knoll, Millis, MA coordinated by noted professional Lainey Johnson. Over the three sessions she will be looking for a total of about thirty horse/rider combinations of varying abilities from ponies to warmbloods, and from Training level riders to our top professionals. It is important for pros-pective judges to see the range of combinations possible at each level and accurately Continued → use the judging scale.

Left: Lainey Johnson on Duett. Right: Sally Davenport & Janet Foy

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Left: Julie Hoogaveen on Grand Irishman Middle: Rita Brown on Albert ISF Top: Linda Currie with Frost T

Applications for demo riders for the “L” are now available on the NEDA website. We will need a variety of horse and rider talent who can demonstrate movements of the Training, First or Second levels for the ‘A’ session, Sunday, October 6, 2019 afternoon and a variety who can demonstrate movements or ride Training, First or Second level tests at Session ‘B’ on Sunday, November 24, 2019 or Session ‘C’, Sunday, April 16t, 2020. Horses currently training above these levels are welcome as demos as long as they can be ridden in a snaffle. The variety of horses at each session must include at least a couple of outstanding horses at each level.

Some former demo riders share their thoughts about their experience. Rita Brown, a well-known professional instructor/trainer brought client horses, including one at Fourth Level but demonstrating Second Level. Rita is an L graduate with Distinction and now an active USEF ‘r’ dressage judge, working towards her ‘R’. She states that “being able to participate as a demo rider for judges program allows me the opportunity to give back to the programs that have given me so much. The expert opinion of the instructors on what is good and what needs improvement on the horses I bring

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not only helps me as a rider and trainer but especially as a judge. Demo riding is valuable for all parties involved and although I lose time away from my stable and business I feel it is important to participate and give back. Young judges really need to learn the correct methodology at the beginning so that they continue to reward good training and help those who are off track.”

Adult amateur competitor, Linda Currie, brought her young horse as a preparation for the hustle and bustle of the National Championships for which she had qualified, (and eventually won)! Linda states “In 2014, I became an L Graduate with Distinction. While I was going through the program I was so grateful to the demo riders who participated in that year – it was so incredibly educational to be able to watch the horses and riders, learn from the faculty member, and if you are a participant, ask questions about what you are seeing. So in 2016, I was happy to be a demo rider for Part B of the L Program with my horse Frost T and it was a great experience. For any one even considering it, I say definitely do it! You get the benefit of insight and information from the very knowledgeable L program faculty member running that session. You get to learn more about what the judge “sees” and how and why they evaluate a

Photos: Carole MacDonald

horse/rider (aka you) the way they do AND hear it in “real time”. You get to expose your horse to a new experience or environment (and they will be very patient if your horse is nervous or spooky!). Yes, you will be judged in front of a panel of people participating in the program but any feedback or comment is delivered with encouragement and kindness. But most of all, the people going through the L Program rely on the demo riders as they learn to develop a better eye and gain a greater understanding of judging…. and all of us who are competing benefit from this fantastic program when we are judged “for real” at a show. I just can’t say enough positive things about this wonderful program.”

Demo riders receive a complimentary auditor pass to both days of their “L” session as well as a complimentary lunch on Sunday for him/herself and a complimentary auditor pass on Sunday for a ‘groom’.

Application forms are available on the L page of the NEDA website. Questions can be addressed to horse/rider coordinator, Lainey Johnson, at laineypainy@aol.com or 978-568-0523.


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BY KATIE ROCCO 2018-19 USEF “R” NEW ENGLAND DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION PROGRAM

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andidates in both the USDF “L” program and USEF licensed judge training/testing programs gain some of their required “apprentice” hours in small group practice judging situations. These sessions are organized by a small group of the candidates at a licensed competition. They invite an approved “S” judge to sit with them at ringside and coach them on judging methodology.

I would like to share the report below from one of the current “r” candidates at a Florida competition which illustrates how these small sessions can be invaluable in furthering training even in less than ideal conditions. The current group of candidates, including those pictured, will be testing in August.

“On Sunday, March 10th some of my fellow “r” candidates and I joined together for an apprenticeship with Marilyn Heath at the American Dressage Concours I Show at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, Florida.

Originally we were disappointed in a very light competitor turnout for this show, since we must obtain a certain amount of rides before we go for our final testing in August of this year. But, as it ended up, Marilyn Heath made lemonade out of lemons!! She used time between competitors to challenge our knowledge and 14 TIP OF THE HAT

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Katie Rocco, Danielle Perry, Marilyn Heath, Melanie Cerny, Michelle Coombs, Patty Mayer

share insights from her tremendous experience. During rides that were outside the levels we will be judged, she had us judge out loud, making us look deeper at the tests and hone our vision on truly correct dressage rides.

She did a masterful job of going over the tests we judged and took a thorough

look at what we were missing or where we showed strength. We all came away feeling clearer about what we need to work on, but more importantly that we are on the horse’s side and here to maintain the true meaning of dressage, the correct, progressive training of the horse”.


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r e d i R d e c n a l Ba How Pilates Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

ilates works on symmetry within the body by addressing poor posture, identifying and correcting faulty movement patterns and improving flexibility, all skills necessary for proper engagement of horse and rider. Pilates is an excellent form of physical fitness that is suitable for almost any age and ability.

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A rider must maintain stability and balance in multiple planes on a quick moving, at times unpredictable horse. If spinal alignment is inadequate, other muscles compensate inhibiting the ability to communicate effectively with clear subtle aids and block proper engagement of the horse.

Some simple exercises, to begin with, include:

n Single Leg Circle - Lying on the floor, raise your right leg towards the ceiling make 6 circles in each direction while keeping your pelvis still. Initiate the circular motion from your core. This exercise will teach you how to maintain stability within your torso with unilateral leg movement.

n Ribcage Arms - Lie on the floor. Knees bent, feet open hip distance apart. Lifting your arms toward the ceiling, Inhale reaching your arms back toward your ears as your sternum pulls down toward the floor. Exhale return your arms. This exercise will teach you how to stabilize your torso and activate your abdominal muscles. 16 TIP OF THE HAT

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n Roll Down - Standing up against a wall with your feet about 6 inches away from the wall, legs hip-distance apart, arms by your side. Inhale to prepare, Exhale slowly roll down the wall imagining a volleyball between your ribs the hips to keep your abdominals lifted. Inhale slowly roll up. This exercise will increase flexibility in your spine and stretch your hamstrings.

n Seated Spinal Rotation - Sitting on your seat bones, legs open to a wide V. Inhale, lengthen up through your torso and rotate from your ribcage, keeping your pelvis still. Exhale return to start position. A good tip to see if your hips are shifting when you turn is to place your feet against a wall. As you twist your feet should not pull away from the wall.

Whether you're riding for pleasure, or you are a competitive equestrian, Pilates

exercises will build confidence in the saddle. Working with a trained Pilates teacher will ensure the greatest outcome, working on specific needs to improve your riding. The greatest gift you can give your horse is a balanced rider.

Interested in getting more involved with

NEDA?

We're looking for volunteers and new board members! Please contact Jennifer at nominations@neda.org


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NEWS

Strongwater Farm Launches Capital Campaign for Indoor Arena, Receives $100,000 for Matching Gift Challenge Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center of Tewksbury, MA, announced that it has raised $800,000, of its $1.3 million Capital Campaign goal for the construction of a 15,700 square foot indoor Therapeutic Equestrian Center. An independent, nonprofit organization, Strongwater Farm has a mission of enhancing and enriching lives by providing education, social opportunities, and emotional support for its community through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Participants include children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. The organization recently went public with the campaign, which it hopes to complete by the end of this year.

Scheduled to open in late 2019, the new indoor Therapeutic Equestrian Center will include a 12,800 square foot indoor riding arena, space to accommodate physical, occupational and/or speech therapy programs, a viewing area for parents and caregivers, accessible restrooms, and three holding stalls, a wash stall, and tack area.

In making this announcement, David Wahr, President of the Strongwater Board stated:

“Individuals challenged with disabilities need year-round therapeutic programs and rely on consistency in their activities to help them heal and cope. Interruptions in these activities, due to weather, often result in stress and anxiety, making it difficult for them to achieve their therapeutic goals. With the addition of the indoor Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Strongwater Continued →

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Coming Soon - Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Center Indoor Arena

Farm will be able to provide these services all year-round.”

Wahr further announced that an anonymous donor has challenged the community to contribute toward the Capital Campaign, by promising to match any individual gift up to a total of $100,000, dollar-for-dollar, beginning on March 26, 2019.

“We are thrilled with this matching gift, which will allow donors to double their contributions, up to $100,000 and help us attain our Capital Campaign goal.”

Donations toward this Capital Campaign will enable donors to give back to the community, helping hundreds of individuals with special needs who live throughout the Merrimack Valley to live a better life. To give, visit www.strongwaterfarm.org/donations

Strongwater Farm is a private, nonprofit therapeutic riding center located in Tewksbury, MA. which has been serving those with physical, cogitative and emotional disabilities since 2001. Strongwater Farm’s mission is, to enhance and enrich lives by providing education, social opportunities, and emotional support for its community through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Since 2004, StrongwaterFarm has been recognized by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.) as a Premier Accredited Center, recognizing Strongwater

Farm’s compliance with high safety standards, utilization of PATH Intl.-certified instructors, and stringent policies and procedures to protect program participants. Strongwater Farm also serves the contemporary needs of its community by providing professionally supervised, mounted and unmounted, equine-assisted programs to people with substance use disorders, veterans with PTSD, and at-risk youth. Strongwater Farm is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and donations to Strongwater are tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.

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NEDA CALENDAR 2019

Be sure to check the NEDA CALENDAR website page for full calendar listings including prize lists, updated and additional information.

DATE

EVENT DESCRIPTION

3 thru 5

▲ Janet Foy Clinic*

Rosebrook Farm, Georgetown, MA

11 & 12

▲ Michael Barisone Clinic*

Fox Run Dressage, East Aurora, NY

MAY 4

18 & 19

JUNE

▲ Sport Horse Handling Clinic* ▲ Dressage4Kids Team Program Clinic*

LOCATION

Graphite Hill Farm, Greenfield, NY

WillsWay Equestrian Center, Goshen, NY

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▲ NEDA Spring Dressage Show I

Marshfield Fairgrounds, Marshfield, MA

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▲ Fall Symposium Tickets Go on Sale

Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Ctr, South Hadley, MA

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▲ NEDA Spring Dressage Show II

15 & 16

▲ Michael Barisone Clinic*

29 & 30

▲ Vera Kessels Clinic*

25 & 26

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Dressage4Kids Team Clinic with Felicitas Von Neumann-Cosel

Left: The Kids with Felicitas at Heritage Equestrian Center. Middle top: Megan Paulhus. Top right: Maggie Mann and Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel.

March 30-31st Bedford, NY–

The Dressage4Kids’ TEAM Program Clinic with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel was a joy to watch. All the riders (and horses) finished their lessons with huge smiles on their faces and all finished more relaxed and freer in their movement than when they started. Despite the sometimes-hard work, it was clear that there was joy in the feeling of harmony between horse and rider.

An international dressage trainer and competitor, Felicitas has trained many horses and riders through Grand Prix. She has her German Reitlehrer FN certification (achieving the highest score ever at that time) and has also served as an examiner for the USDF Instructor’s Certification Program.

Under the instruction of Felicitas, eight youth riders participated in the two-day event. The riders ranged in ages ten to twenty-two, and the horse-and-rider combinations are currently training at Training Level through Prix St. Georges. 22 TIP OF THE HAT

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The schedule included private riding lessons for the riders each day along with four lectures. Felicitas opened the clinic by talking a little bit about her philosophy of training. She notes that the more you understand the horse and the way it moves, the more you can bring out its natural talent and beauty.

Felicitas focused on making the riders more aware of what their bodies were telling the horse – for example, a rider might be thinking shoulder-fore, but was the rider’s body really telling the horse shoulder-fore or was the rider’s position telling the horse something else? Felicitas really helped the riders ride more with their seats and less with their hands so that the horses could reach for the contact and float instead of getting tight and stuck.

During the flying changes, Felicitas commented that it’s a flying change – if you stop it, it can’t fly!

With one of the riders, who has done some jumping before, Felicitas had her visualize an in-and-out – the horse must be able to jump up off its hind legs, come down, and jump up again. Visualizing the in-and-out helped the rider maintain the jump in the canter and maintain the uphill tendency rather than getting stuck on the down.

Felicitas worked with each of the riders to help them bring out their horses’ natural beauty and it was beautiful to watch! For more information about the Dressage4Kids’ TEAM Program, go to www.dressage4kids.org.

Dressage4Kids Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated for the express purpose of providing educational and competitive opportunities for youth riders and the adults who support them.


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REGION 8 NEWS

always open with the weather but in

this case that has not been very newsy! Spring is here and so is mud season or did we have mud season all winter!?

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ast night, April 4th, we had an awesome Regional meeting via conference call. We had 18 on the call including some new GMO members. First, thank you all for attending! Here is short synopsis of what was discussed.

Kate O’Connor, Region 8 Representative to Nomination Committee, reminded us the deadline for Nominating PM Delegates is April 15th. As a Participating Member, you are represented by delegates that you vote into that position. Our Region has the Fern Feldman PM Travel Fund that is able to pay something to each delegate who was not getting funded for their expenses to the convention. These delegates have agreed to go to the convention, taking time out of their busy schedule, and vote on issues at the BOG, (Board of Governors meeting), for you. We had a discussion and Kate made a motion and Paul Cormier seconded that “PM Delegate applying for Fern Feldman PM Travel Fund must attend both regional meetings and the entire BOG meeting at the USDF convention. With the approval of the Regional Director, exceptions can be made with conflicts that might occur during the BOG meeting, but they must be available to return to the meeting to vote. These PM Delegates must also contribute to the fundraising for this fund.”Motion carried. This is very important

to make sure the PM members are represented and delegates are fully educated on the issues coming in front of the BOG.

Speaking of Fund Raising for the Fern Feldman PM Travel Fund, Linda Mendenhall will be doing an online auction. So keep your eyes open for announcements. If you would like to donate something to the auction, and it can be anything from lessons to dinner out, please contact Kate O'Connor, Nativeross@charter.net.

Anita Jaffe, a member of the Competition Committee, informed us of various topics for education that was still being decided for this year’s convention. She also informed us about the Task Force studying the idea of splitting JR/YR division into two groups. However, at the moment the numbers do not support this even though the concept is well received.

Stan Horton, our GMO representative to the GMO committee, told us about a new award for the GMO gift baskets. At the USDF convention the GMOs bring in gift baskets which are raffled off during the BOG meeting. They will honor the best baskets per GMO size, i.e. small, medium and large GMO…SOOOOO GMOs, get creative!

The Executive Board meets April 18-19 in Lexington, KY for our spring meeting. I will report any earth shattering news in next month’s letter.

Our first shows in Region 8 are open. Have you prepared yourself? Do you have a current Coggins? Are your memberships all up to date? Do I sound like a show secretary? Sorry but I know how those first shows are. So be proactive and get the paperwork done.

Our website is becoming more and more important. We have many notices and a lot of information on the site. So please check 1 to 2 times a month. If you want to get Regional notices, please go to contact us on http://www.usdfregion8.org/ and give us your email address. We are also keeping our Facebook page updated with posts. So if you have not ‘liked’ us yet…please do so. See you on the Centerline…

Debra Reinhardt

USDF Region 8 Director

May 2019 NEDA.ORG

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SHOW NEWS SHOW DATE

LOCATION

2019 Dressage Schooling Shows LEVELS OFFERED

5/5/2019

Independence Stable Belchertown, MA

5/5/2019

Heritage Dressage Briggs Stables Hanover, MA Intro-First Second and above TOC Freestyle TOC Western Dressage

5/5/2019

Intro-Training First and above TOC Western Dressage

CRDA Schooling Show Apple Knoll Farm, Millis, MA

Intro-FEI

TBA Karry Brothers (L) Lori Barnard (R)

Sue McKeown 508-459-9209 suemckeown@charter.net www.crdressage.org

Intro-FEI

5/5/2019

Merrimack Valley Dressage Bradford Equestrian Center Bradford, MA

Intro-Fourth FEI TOC, Eventing, Western Dressage

5/11/2019 5/12/2019

Dottie Brittingham 413-284-0371 independencestable@yahoo.com www.independencestablellc.com

www.heritage-dressage.org

CVDA Dressage Show South Woodstock, VT

Puckerbrush Farm Schooling Show Newburgh, ME

Kathryn Hitzig (L)

CONTACT INFO

Patty Montana (L) Dr. Nancy Young (L)

5/5/2019

5/5/2019

JUDGE(S)

Intro-Second Third and above TOC

TBA

Amy Plavin whconnemaras@gmail.com www.cvda.org Lynda Angstadt leangst@comcast.net Diana Lane dqlane@msn.com 978-374-0008

Carol Poulin-Taylor (L)

https://puckerbrushfarm.net/clinics--shows.html Mary Ann Davis 603-692-6313 www.Hilltopequestriancenter.com

Hilltop Equestrian Center Somersworth, NH

Intro-Second

Pam Walker

CDCTA Schooling Dressage and Combined Test Westbrook Hunt Club Westbrook, CT

Intro- GP

Gretchen DeMone (L)

Laura Claman 860-874-1229 lauraclaman@outlook.com

Intro-First Second and above, Western TOC

TBA

Laura Brainerd 207-890-8227 hbf@roadrunner.com

5/12/2019

Hidden Brook Farm Norway, ME

5/19/2019

Cutter Farm Dracut, MA

Intro-Training PreElem-Prelim

TBA

5/19/2019

Oak Rise Farm Goffstown, NH

TBA

www.oakrisefarm.com secretary@oakrisehorsefarm.com

5/19/2019

Intro-Third Gaited and Western Dressage

State of Maine Dressage Association Hollis, ME Intro-FEI

Krista Nordgren (L)

5/19/2019

Xenophon Farm Montague, MA

Kathryn Hitzig (L)

Chrissy and Nancy Smith 207-653-8255 nancy.smith2002@yahoo.com

5/26/2019

Intro-Fourth Western Dressage

Life's a Ride Schooling Show (SMDA, WMDA, and MDS Affiliate) Saco, ME

TBA

Cassi Martin 207-890-2606 cassandrajmartin@yahoo.com

TBA

Annemarie deBoer annemariedeboer@yahoo.com www.champlaindressagevt.net

Middlebrook Friesian Farm New Haven, VT

Intro- FEI Western Dressage

6/1/2019

TriState Horsemen Assoc. Oneco, CT

Intro-Second Western Dressage TBA

6/2/2019

Independence Stable Belchertown, MA

Intro-Training First and above TOC Western Dressage

Linda Currie

6/2/2019

CRDA Schooling Show Apple Knoll Farm, Millis, MA

Intro-FEI

TBA TBA

6/2/2019

East Hill Farm Plainfield, VT

Intro- FEI Western Dressage

6/2/2019

TriState Horsemen Assoc. Oneco, CT

Intro-Second Western Dressage TBA

6/2/2019

Puckerbrush Farm Schooling Show Newburgh, ME

Intro-Second Third and above TOC

Jane Tremlett (L)

6/5/2019

VT Morgan Heritage Days Tunbridge, VT

6/9/2019

Beland Stables Lakeville, MA

6/9/2019

Middlebrook Friesian Farm New Haven, VT

Intro- FEI Western Dressage

6/16/2019

Cutter Farm Dracut, MA

Intro-Training PreElem-Prelim

TBA

6/23/2019

Hilltop Equestrian Center Somersworth, NH

Intro-Second

Jan Lamontagne

6/9/2019

Hidden Brook Farm Norway, ME Oak Rise Farm Goffstown, NH

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Suzanne Mente 413-367-9828 xenophonshows@gmail.com

Intro-FEI

5/26/2019

6/2/2019

Marina Burliss (978) 697-7858 info@cutterfarm.com Kristin Wesson/Secretary (603)440-3564 www.cutterfarm.com

www.tristatehorsemen.com/dressage Dressage@tristatehorsemen.com

Dottie Brittingham 413-284-0371 independencestable@yahoo.com www.independencestablellc.com

Sue McKeown 508-459-9209 suemckeown@charter.net www.crdressage.org

Kathie Moulton kathiemoulton@aol.com www.champlaindressagevt.net www.tristatehorsemen.com/dressage Dressage@tristatehorsemen.com

https://puckerbrushfarm.net/clinics--shows.html

Intro-First Second and above, Western Dressage TOC

TBA

Laura Brainerd 207-890-8227 hbf@roadrunner.com

Intro- FEI Western Dressage Intro-Third Gaited and Western Dressage

TBA

TBA

www.vtmorganheritagedays.org/dressage.html

Intro-First Second-FEI TOC

Beth Beukema (R) Crystal Taylor (L)

PJ Archambault 508-428-1526 secretary@belandstables.com www.BelandStables.com

TBA

Check www.neda.org for updates!

www.oakrisefarm.com secretary@oakrisehorsefarm.com

Annemarie deBoer annemariedeboer@yahoo.com www.champlaindressagevt.net

Marina Burliss (978) 697-7858 Kristin Wesson/Secretary (603)440-3564 info@cutterfarm.com www.cutterfarm.com

Mary Ann Davis 603-692-6313 www.Hilltopequestriancenter.com

Continued →


2019 DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOWS - cont’d SHOW DATE

LOCATION

LEVELS OFFERED

6/23/2019

Xenophon Farm Montague, MA

7/5/2019

VT Morgan Heritage Days Tunbridge Fairgrounds Tunbridge, VT

6/23/2019

Heritage Dressage Briggs Stables Hanover, MA Intro-First Second and above TOC Freestyle TOC Western Dressage

JUDGE(S)

Keith Angstadt (r) Lynda Angstadt (L)

www.heritage-dressage.org

Intro-Fourth Western Dressage

Karen Roberts (L)

Suzanne Mente 413-367-9828 xenophonshows@gmail.com

Intro-First Second and above TOC Western Dressage

Keith Angstadt (r)

www.facebook.com/vermontmorganheritagedays/ Lori Bernard Loribarnarddressage@gmail.com www.champlaindressagevt.net

7/6/2019

Maple Valley Stables Westford, VT

Intro-FEI Western Dressage

TBA

7/7/2019

MRF Dressage at Harvest Moon Farm Hopkinton, NH

Intro and above Western Dressage

TBA

7/7/2019 7/7/2019 7/7/2019

Merrimack Valley Dressage Bradford Equestrian Center Bradford, MA

Scarlet Day Farm Schooling Show (SMDA Affiliate) Gray, ME

Puckerbrush Farm Schooling Show Newburgh, ME

CONTACT INFO

Intro-Fourth FEI TOC, Eventing, Western Dressage

TBA

Intro-FEI

TBA

Intro-Second Third and above TOC

Melanie Peabody (L)

Michele Schurman 603-490-8958 mrfdressage@aol.com www.mrfdressage.com

Lynda Angstadt leangst@comcast.net Diana Lane dqlane@msn.com 978-374-0008

Alicia Peters-Torrey 207-322-6282 scarletdayfarm@gmail.com

https://puckerbrushfarm.net/clinics--shows.html

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