Staying Fit, Healthy, and Happy at a Horse Show

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Holistic chef and dressage enthusiast Lauren Smith of Conscious Culinary, LLC share some tricks and recipes that involve very little time, effort, and money to help keep you on the right track while on the road and at shows with your equine buddies, you don’t even have to cook!


Let’s face it, the food culture and industry we live with does not typically support health and sustainability, especially not at a horse show.

While some of my most fond childhood memories were of funnel cakes and curly fries at the Scottsdale Arabian horse show, as adults who no longer have the metabolism of a nine year-old child we have to pay attention to what we put in our mouths, especially if we want to look good in those light colored britches. During stressful times, namely a horse show, we instinctively want to eat comforting foods and unfortunately french fries and Snickers do not classify under the nourishing and healthy category. REMEMBER!

Quality is key:

Like they say, “you are what you eat”. If your food has been messed around with and processed from low quality foods to begin with, you don’t want that in your body. Always choose organic, local, and seasonal foods when you can. If you start going to local co-cops and farmer’s markets, you will
be amazed by how much you get for the money.
Take time:
We are all busy and pressed for time, but give yourself an extra hour to half hour in the mornings to prep food for the day. You can also make time on a down day like Sunday to prep food up for the coming weekdays. Invest time in yourself, you’re worth it!
Supplement:

We give them to our horses, why not ourselves? Everyone can benefit from a high quality multi vitamin and Omega oils such as flax and cod liver oil. Consult your physician first, but make sure you are helping your body stay fight and able to fight the toxins we encounter everyday by supplementing appropriately.
Stay hydrated:

If I can recommend one thing for your health, it would be to stay hydrated. You may have to stop more to pee, but your body needs to be hydrated to cope with stress, climate change when traveling, to eliminate toxins, and to keep your immune system up.
Start your day off with protein:
Good quality protein sets the tone for the day giving your brain the power it needs. When we eat processed goods like fat-free yogurt, we are depriving our bodies of those essential amino acids and good fats that create satiety and an overall sense of well-being. Your better off having a little bit of a whole milk yogurt versus a whole pint of fat-free.

Avoid boosting yourself with coffee caffeine in the mornings because you will drain your system very quickly and hit a low when you need energy the most. If you must have lots of caffeine in the mornings, try nursing yourself to a strong brew of black tea (every Starbucks has it!).

 

Day 1: On the Road
Skip fast food and gas station treats. If you have to eat something from the road, choose something lighter like a Subway turkey sandwich on a whole grain bread or a pre-packed salad.
Breakfast:
Organic yogurt with flax and toasted almond granola
Cup of Earl Grey tea
Snack:
Go for whole foods when snacking. I love to munch on a great piece of fruit like an apple and of
course share the core with my horse.
bottle water
Lunch:
Organic greens, grilled chicken, toasted almonds, cranberries, green onions, and simple aged
balsamic vinaigrette
Iced tea with mint
Snack:
Artisan cheeses with flax crackers
Bottle of water
Dinner:
Turkey Avocado wrap, roasted red bell pepper hummus, and sprouts
Glass pinot noir
seasonal berries for dessert

Day 2: Schooling Day at the Show
As tempting as it is to get up and down a gallon of coffee and a greasy breakfast burrito from a show vendor, try taking matters into your own hands. If you packed great food for yourself, you’ll find that you won’t have to worry about what you are going to eat and where all of the time. You will also be amazed by how much money you save by not buying a $12 sandwich and $5 drink a couple of times everyday.

Breakfast:
Organic yogurt parfait, banana, hazelnut granola
Cup of black or green tea
Snack:
Cup of low sugar trail mix (lots of nuts, not so much chocolate). Almonds, cashews, filberts, and
dried fruits are great trail mix components.
Lunch:
Easy tuna salad nicoise
sparkling cranberry juice with mint
Snack:
Assorted veggies with roasted red pepper hummus
bottle water
Dinner:
Go on, have a ball! Go out and enjoy a dinner with your barn friends, just remember;
* Stay away from hard liquor and do not have more than 2 glasses of
wine or beer.
* Order simple food like a great piece of fish with good veggies. Avoid
rich sauces and processed carbs.
* Skip dessert, that glass of wine already took up those calories! You will
feel better the next morning anyways.

Day 3: The Show Begins!
Showing can make anyone nervous, and if you are anything like me you don’t want to eat until you are done showing for the day. I learned the hard way that you MUST nourish your body even if you are a little rattled. I’ve found that taking the time in the mornings to breathe, relax, and close my eyes to envision my test/s helps me enormously with stress and nerves. If you don’t eat your body gets weak and fatigued and your brain gets cloudy. On top of that, when you don’t eat or eat very little, your body holds onto every calorie it gets making you gain weight in the long run.

Breakfast:
Caramel rice cracker with almond butter and half of a banana
Cup of green tea or chamomile
Snack:
Veggie chips with black bean dip
bottle of water
Lunch:
Turkey and black bean sandwich on grainy artisan bread
Iced green tea and lemonade
Snack:
Apple or banana with a handful of nuts
Dinner:
Classic chicken cesar salad with heirloom cherry tomatoes
water and a glass of wine with a couple pieces of organic dark chocolate

You definitely should take time at the end of the day to unwind and enjoy the show and your barn friends. This also helps to set a good tone for the next day. Go ahead, open a really good bottle of wine and enjoy it with your friends, just make sure you do not have more than 2 glasses, one is best. Get a great antioxidant and endorphin kick with some organic dark chocolate to ease the sweet tooth for a real treat.

Day 4: Getting Packed Up
If you are like me, I am wiped out by Sunday afternoon at a show, especially after I have finished my classes. I like to eat light, the same way I did the day before and then enjoy something hearty at the end of the day when I know I am done showing. That way you can reward yourself and have a nice quiet and comfortable haul back home.

Breakfast:
Coconut milk yogurt, caramel rice cake with almond butter
Glass hot green tea
Snack:
Flax crackers, cheese, and apple
bottle water
Lunch:
Organic greens with walnuts, chevre, and dried cherries
Sparkling cranberry juice with mint
Snack:
Veggie chips and black bean dip
Dinner:
Treat yourself for a show well done, or at least for it being over. I go for a hamburger from the
vendor (sans bun) with a salad instead of fries and of course, and ice cold beer!

What to Pack:
When I’m getting packed for a weekend show, this is what I do.
Large cooler with ice with;
* plenty of bottled water, sparkling and flat
* low sugar beverages like organic cranberry juice
* tea bags, black and green
* bottle of iced tea
* 1-2 bottles of your favorite wine (red is best)
* fresh fruit, bananas, oranges, (apples and carrots of course!)
* flax or whole grain chips or crackers
* ziplock baggie of artisan cheese like chevre, aged cheddar, or parmesan Reggiano
* bottle of hummus and/or black bean dip
* fresh veggies, sliced cucumbers, carrots, celery and broccoli
* bag of good organic trail mix
* bag of good organic granola
* jar of almond butter
* 4 yogurts (I eat coconut milk yogurt or goat’s milk yogurt because I am allergic to milk
like many people)
* 2 sandwiches (at least)
* 4 salads
* small bottle of organic Cesar and balsamic dressings
* plastic cutlery, plates, bowls, napkins, cups, etc.
* Don’t forget the wine opener!

Recipes!

Organic yogurt parfait, banana, hazelnut granola
1 cup organic yogurt, any flavor you like
1/2 cup organic hazelnut granola, it doesn’t have to be hazelnut
1 whole banana sliced if desired
1. It’s as easy as it looks, when you are traveling use a ziplock tupperware and layer the yogurt, granola and banana as you please. Enjoy for a light breakfast.

Organic greens, grilled chicken, toasted almonds, cranberries, green onions, and
simple aged balsamic vinaigrette

4-6 oz grilled organic chicken (you can buy it already cooked from a grocer like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s so it is less work for you when you are busy packing for the show)
2 cups organic mixed greens (spring greens, arugula, spinach, etc.) washed
1/4 cup toasted almonds
2 tablespoons organic dried cranberries
2 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons aged balsamic
1 teaspoon grainy or dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1. In a large tupperware add the greens. Add the chicken, almonds, cranberries, and onions on
top and tightly close the lid.
2. In a small tupperware add in the balsamic, mustard, honey, and oil. Put the lid on tightly and
shake vigorously until well combined
3. Pack the dressing separately and use when you are ready to eat the salad.

Organic greens with walnuts, chevre, and dried cherries
2 cups organic greens (spring greens, arugula, spinach, etc.) washed
1/4 cup almonds (Candied ones can be bought pre-made and are delicious)
2 tablespoons crumbled fresh goat cheese (you can use a good aged cheese like parmesan if you
are not a fan)
2 tablespoons organic dried cherries
1. Stack all ingredients into a large tupperware.
2. Use the simple aged balsamic vinaigrette to dress.

Easy tuna salad nicoise
1 1/2 cups mixed organic greens
1 cup fresh or canned line caught tuna
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
sea salt and pepper to taste
4-6 cornichon pickles
2 tablespoons roasted bell peppers
1 hardboiled egg, sliced
1. Add the greens to a large tupperware container.
2. In a bowl mix the tuna with the olive oil, dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper
to taste until well combined.
3. Nicely layer the tuna on top of the greens with the cornichon, bell peppers, and hardboiled
egg.
4. Dress the salad with the aged balsamic vinaigrette

Classic chicken Cesar salad with heirloom cherry tomatoes
2 cups organic romaine lettuce chopped
4-6 oz grilled chicken, sliced
1/4 cup heirloom or regular organic cherry tomatoes sliced in half
1 tablespoon grated parmesan Reggiano
2 tablespoons organic Cesar dressing (you can buy a bottle at any grocer to save yourself time)
1. In a large tupperware, add all of the romaine. Top with the tomatoes, chicken, and then
parmesan.
2. Dress when you are ready to eat.

iced tea with mint
2 quarts iced tea (use your favorite tea, green tea works and tastes great)
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
1. In a large drink tupperware container, add the mint into the tea and allow to infuse at least 1
hour in the fridge. Keep cold and enjoy all weekend for a refreshing thirst buster.
sparkling cranberry juice with mint
1 quart sparkling mineral water
1 quart organic cranberry juice
2 tablespoons fresh mint
1. Mix all ingredients into a large beverage tupperware. Allow to infuse chilled in the fridge for
at least one hour. Enjoy for a tasty soda substitute.

Turkey Avocado wrap, roasted red bell pepper hummus, and sprouts
1 whole wheat or organic large tortilla
2-3 oz organic shaved turkey breast
1 tablespoon red pepper hummus (Trader Joe’s has an excellent organic variety)
1/4 cup sprouts (any kind you like)
2 tablespoons shaved onion if desired
1. Lay the wrap out flat on a cutting board and spread the hummus evenly in the center, but
avoid the edges.
2. in the middle place the turkey, sprouts and then onions on top of each other.
3. Fold in the sides and then roll it from bottom to top (like a burrito). Wrap in wax paper and
then plastic wrap to keep fresh.

Turkey and black bean sandwich on grainy artisan bread
2 slices grainy bread like 12 grain, rye, or pumpernickle (with bread, the darker it is the better)
1 tablespoon black bean dip (Trader Joe’s has an excellent variety)
2-3 oz organic shaved turkey breast
2 leaves romaine lettuce
1 tablespoon roasted bell peppers
1 slice pepper jack cheese, if desired
1. Assemble like any normal sandwich spreading the bean dip evenly on both sides. Wrap in wax paper and plastic wrap to keep fresh.

compliments of Chef Lauren Smith - Conscious Culinary, LLC

Dressage World Cup Finals 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:17
Written By: Kelly Sanchez
Charlotte Dujardin and Valergro, Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final 2015 Photo: © Mary Phelps On a day that saw many of the world’s top horses and riders go head to head at the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final, defending champions Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro (Negro x Gerschwin) shrugged off the pressure that comes with being the world’s number one combination and did what everyone expected them to do. They handily won the Grand Prix, with the 13-year-old Dutch gelding showing little evidence of the jet lag that had affected him after his arrival in Las Vegas. Their score of 85.414 percent was a few points shy of their world record-setting score of 87.460, but Dujardin was pleased nevertheless. “It’s just a mass of excitement for me to come here and take part,” she said....
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 08:58
Written By: Louise Parkes
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:55
Written By: Mary Phelps
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:20
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:19
Written By: Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 22:16
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 05:27
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 05:11
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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 14:46
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Eventing

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:31
Equine Canada
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:43
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:00
Four riders representing the Professional Riders Organization (PRO) who are in town to compete in the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover, and one rider that will be competing in the Kentucky Reining Cup, will be making a special trip to Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington on Tuesday, April 21, prior to the start of...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 13:17
Samantha Clark
While many of the Rolex-bound competitors were getting their final run in at The Fork in North Carolina under sunny skies this weekend, closer to home Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a state-wide emergency after torrential rainfall on Thursday and Friday left much of Lexington and especially the Kentucky Horse Park under water. Mick...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 09:30
Leslie Threlkeld for Eventing Nation
The competition isn’t over until the final fence is jumped, and Kyle Carter and FR’s Trust Fund put in a cracking show jumping round in the final phase of the Ocala Horse Properties International Festival of Eventing CCI2* before they dropped out of the lead when the last fence on course came down. Kyle and “Finn” got lucky when they rubbed the...
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 21:20
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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 20:59
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Reining and Western Riding

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:24
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 17:28
The largest Non Pro class in National Reining Breeders Classic history is in the books, and the field is set for the finals on Friday evening. Marc Gordon 2015 NRBC Topping the leaderboard of the Non Pro Level 4, as well as Non Pro Levels 2 and 3 and the Non Pro Prime Time, is Marc Gordon of Elgin, Illinois. Gordon piloted his 6-year-old...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:59
For the first time, the prestigious Kentucky Reining Cup has added high-dollar NRHA classes to its schedule of events offering riders of all types the chance to compete at the Rolex weekend in Lexington, Kentucky; truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “We are very excited to partner with NRHA and add $15,000 to NRHA approved classes to this year...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:44
The National Reining Breeders Classic Open competition began Wednesday, April 15, with the first of two sections of Open Preliminaries. The second section will run Thursday with the remaining 94 of 189 Open entries at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Tom McCutcheon (2015 NRBC Former NRBC Champion Tom McCutcheon), from Aubrey...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 11:25
“We are thrilled to partner with such an outstanding organization and very happy that Horses and Hope might benefit from the donation we intend to give in partnership with our friends at Paul Miller Ford”, said Brad Ettleman, President of HorsePower, Inc. “Horses and Hope is already the official charity of our sister event, the Rolex Kentucky...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 10:36
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 22:01
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Driving

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 10:39
After a season of presenting the Horse Gym USA® Top Equine Athlete Award at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Horse Gym USA® brought the award to the celebrated combined driving event Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida. The Horse Gym USA® Top Equine Athlete Award went to Allison Stroud’s four-in-hand team for their admirable fitness....
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 23:18
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:48
Andy Marcoux, Coachman's Delight, Inc.
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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 08:55
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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 14:57
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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:49
Leah Oliveto
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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 07:40
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Show Jumping

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:14
Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc.
Traverse City, MI - April 17, 2015 - Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc., producers of Horse Shows by the Bay, is pleased to announce that Stadium Jumping, Inc., has acquired the United States Equestrian Federation licenses to produce horse shows in Traverse City from July 1-26 that will be called the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. Alex Rheinheimer,...
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 11:07
USEF Communications Department
Lexington, KY -  The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the athletes who will represent the United States on the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team in Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition at CSIO4* Coapexpan, in Coapexpan, Mexico, April 23-26, 2015. The following athletes will represent the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team...
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:52
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:46
FEI World Cup Finals Las Vegas
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:25
Xavier Boudon
The European Champions are back! The 15-year Bonneau International Pony (BIP) will be celebrated with dignity. Against Germany, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, France aligns one of its finest teams. France is represented by 24 riders and ponies on CSIOP, competing at the highest level of the weekend....
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:19
Louise Parkes, FEI Communications
Russia’s Inessa Merkulova will lead the way in Dressage and Belgium’s Jos Verlooy will be  the first Jumping rider into the ring when the much-anticipated FEI World Cup™ Finals 2015 begin at the Thomas...
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 09:09
Virginia Horse Center Foundation
Ten days of competition, top riders from up and down the East Coast, more than $100,000 in prize money up for grabs and exciting grand prix and hunter derby events - the Lexington Spring Premiere and Spring Encore horse shows have it all! The 'AA' rated Lexington Spring Premiere kicks off on Wednesday, April 22 and continues through Sunday, April...

Para Dressage

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 06:20
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Kjell Myhre talks to riders at the 2015 USEF High Performance Southeast Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium in Wellington, FL, January 12-13. (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Following the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* select U.S. Para-Dressage athletes and coaches had an opportunity to attend the USEF High Performance Southeast Para-Equestrian Dressage Symposium. This symposium took place January 12-13, 2014, at the Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, Florida. Over two days U.S. High Performance and developing Para-Dressage coaches and riders were immersed in the international equestrian discipline of Para-Dressage. Topics included Para-Dressage theory, scales of training, para-dressage test riding, quality of horse, freestyles, preparation...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 05:46
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
USA Team (Left to right): Sydney Collier, Annie Peavy, Rebecca Hart, U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt, and Roxanne Trunnell (Photo: (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Thirteen Para-Dressage horse and rider combinations made their way to Wellington, Florida, this January for the first CPEDI3* of the 2015 show season. Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV, competed at the spectacular Global Dressage venue in the Van Kampen Arena. FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA) were on hand to offer their expertise for each Para-Dressage duo. This CPEDI3* is one of the qualifiers for the 2015 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championships, 2016 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National C...
Monday, January 12, 2015 - 10:29
Robyn Andrews and Fancianna (Photo: SusanJStickle.com) Ottawa, ON. - On the final day of competition at CPEDI3* Global Dressage Festival I presented by Adequan, Robyn Andrews won her test for the second day in a row for Canada. The competition was held at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., Jan. 9-11, 2015. Andrews of St. Johns, N.L. secured the victory in the Grade Ia Freestyle test riding her 2014 World Equestrian Games mare 14-year-old Fancianna, a Friesian-Andalusian cross, to a score of 67.917%. "I was pleased with Fancy today," said Andrews. "I was a bit tired, but we pulled it off. Many thanks must go to the Global Dressage Festival for putting on a great show. Special thanks to my coach, Amanda Kalvoda; chef d'équipe, Elizabeth Quigg; Pa...
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 06:31
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
U.S. Chef D' Equipe Kai Handt jogs Rubicon 75, ridden by Mary Jordan, owned by Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (Photo (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes from around the North American continent have landed in Wellington, Florida, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. This is the first CPEDI3* event for the 2015 calendar year. Thirteen horse and rider combinations presented their mounts in front of FEI Ground Jury members Mr. Freddy Leyman (BEL), Mr. Kjell Myhre (NOR), and Ms. Kristi Wysocki (USA). Para-Equestrians from Canada and the United States will compete January 9-11, in The Van Kampen covered arena at the Global Dressage Festival. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FE...
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 08:52
Kai Handt and Wes Dunham showcase collaborative coaching at the Northeast Symposium in 2013. Rider Sydney Collier aboard her own Wentworth works on gaits. (Photo (C) Lindsay Y. McCall) Wellington, FL - The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF), is excited to announce a two-day Para Equestrian Dressage Symposium to be held at Global Dressage, Wellington, Florida, January 12 & 13, 2015, 8 AM-4 PM. Select U.S. High Performance and developing Para- Equestrian Dressage riders and coaches will be attending the symposium. Auditors are welcome to attend for $75. Pre-registering as an auditor is not required. Please contact Laureen Johnson at USEF at lkjohnson@usef.org if you are interested in audit...
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 06:00
Written By: Lindsay Y. McCall
Nora Grassmyer, Mibis, Barbara Grassmyer, and Bob Grassmyer. (Photo: (c) Lindsay Y. McCall) El Dorado Hills, CA - On December 19, 2014, the Dressage Community lost friend, volunteer, and parent Nora Grassmyer after a three year battle with bladder cancer. Nora was heavily involved with the Dressage and Para-Dressage disciplines both internationally and at the national level. She was also a longtime volunteer at the California Dressage shows managed by Connie Davenport. Nora was a driving force behind her daughter and Paralympian Barbara Grassmyer. She was there at every moment for Barbara including when Barbara served as an alternate for the U.S. Paralympic Team in 2000, competing in Sydney, Australia; in 2001 and 2002 when Barbara was the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Champion;...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 07:30
Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani rode to the high score of 78.382% during the Polar Express Show at White Fences. Wellington, FL - Rebecca Hart and Schroeters Romani shined Saturday afternoon during the Polar Express show held at the White Fences Equestrian Center in Loxahatchee, Florida. The talented duo rode to the score of 78.382 percent for the FEI Para Team Grade II test during the national show, kick starting their season as they prepare for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in CPEDI3* in January 2015.Hart traveled to Florida in early December to work with Wellington-based international dressage trainer Todd Flettrich out of Cherry Knoll Farm, which is also a partial owner of Romani. Hart and Flettrich have worked consistently on warm-up and preparation with Romani after takin...
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 18:41
Sydney Collier riding Willi Wesley (Photo: SusanjStickle.com) Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce Sydney Collier as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Seventeen-year-old Collier is a talented Para-Equestrian who competed at the international level in 2014, including the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., she was diagnosed at the age of seven with a rare congenital birth defect called Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. In spite of this challenge, Collier pursued her love of riding and has become a top equestrian athlete. A prime example of courage, sportsmanship, and dedication, Collier will be awarded the Ruth O'Keefe Meredith Memorial Trophy as the 2014 Junior Equestrian of the Year. Having her biggest year to da...
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 07:53
Trainer Wes Dunham and WEG athletes Sydney Collier's mount Willi Wesley at the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3* horse inspection . (Photo: Lindsay McCall) Wellington, Florida - November 26, 2014 - Entries are now being accepted at www.equestrianentries.com through December 22, 2014, for the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes kick-off the show season with their their first international show of the year January 7-11, 2015, in Wellington, FL, in the Van Kampen covered arena. This show will include FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage athletes in Grades Ia, Ib, II, III, and IV. Thursday, January 8, is the Horse inspection at approximately 5:30 PM. Friday, January 9, is the FEI Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Test, followed by Saturday's FEI P...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 07:18
  We salute our veterans this Veterans Day. Thank you for protecting our freedoms. On this day we ask you to take a moment to think about those that have served our country. We would like to salute our disabled veterans who are part of not only the equestrian sport but all Paralympic sports. Thank you, - USPEA. We too, at DressageDaily, would like to take a moment to thank all veterans who have served our country to protect our liberties and rights. We truly appreciate all past and current members of our military for all that you do! History of Veterans Day - From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: World War I - known at the time as "The Great War" - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versaille...
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