Dressage4Kids Clinics Expands Across USA to Become Year Round Development Program

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April 25, 2017

Dressage4Kids, launched by American Olympian Lendon Gray 18 years ago as a youth development program, has expanded to become a virtual year round series of clinics and events in at least 16 states, likely the most ambitious undertaking of its type in the world.

Hampton Green Farms in Wellington, Florida in winter and Fruitport, Michigan in June and Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival in Saugerties, New York in August are the anchor events in the privately funded program.

But the focus is staging clinics away from the dressage hot spots of Wellington and Southern California.

About 27 clinics and events are in the lineup of Dressage4Kids (D4K) events from as distant as Anchorage, Alaska to rural Florida on the schedule so far this year. The clinic lineup follows the Winter Intensive Training Program of three months at Kimberly van Kampen’s Hampton Green Farm in Wellington, hacking distance to the Global Dressage Festival.

Lendon competed for the United States at the 1980 alternate Games and 1988 Olympics as well as world championships and World Cup Final. She was also known for riding the pony-sized Seldom Seen to the American Grand Prix Championship.

She launched Dressage4Kids in New York in 1999, then started the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program that has now been renamed TEAM (Training, Education and Mentoring).\

The 2017 clinic and event schedule:

April 22-23
D4K TEAM
Heritage Equestrian Center
East Greenwich, Rhode Island

April 29-30
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Alsikkan Farm
Germantown, Maryland

May 6-7
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Concord Ridge
Saint Joseph, Michigan

May 13-14
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Pineland Farms
New Gloucester, Maine

May 27-28
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Pembrook Farm
Woodbine, New Jersey

June 3-4
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Aering Green Equestrian Center
Castleton, New York

June 10-11
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Edelweiss Farm
Raleigh, North Carolina

June 17-18
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Journey’s End Farm
Glenmoore, Pennsylvania

June 20-21
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Anchorage, Alaska

June 23-24
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Hampton Green Farm
Fruitport, Michigan

June 25
Youth Dressage Festival Midwest
Hampton Green Farm
Fruitport, Michigan

July 7-9
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Whiteland Farm
Delano, Minnesota

July 12-13
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
First Choice Riding Academy
Enfield, New Hampshire

July 15-16
D4K TEAM Clinic
Woodstock Stables
Millbrook, New York

July 22-23
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Lexington, Kentucky

August 1-5
Courtney King-Dye Horsemastership Clinic

August 11-13
Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival
Saugerties, New York

August 15-16
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Devonwood Equestrian Centre
Sherwood, Oregon

August 19-20
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Concord Ridge
Saint Joseph, Michigan

September 2-3
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Rocking M Stables
Dallas, Texas

September 16-17
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Oldenbroek-Tabor Sporthorses
San Antonio, Texas

September 23-24
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Battle Creek Dressage
Louisville, Kentucky

October 27-29
D4K TEAM Program Clinic
Georgia International Horse Park
Conyers, Georgia