Robert Dover’s 3rd Annual Horsemastership in Wellington Jan. 2-6

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WELLINGTON, Florida, Dec. 28, 2013–The Third Annual Robert Dover Dressage Horsemastership Week in which 12 youth riders selected from across the United States participate in a broad educational program with national coaches, trainers and other professionals for five days begins Friday, Jan. 2.

The program presented by Lendon Gray’s Dressage4Kids, Inc. is held n conjunction with the long established George Morris Horsemastership Clinic for youth jumping riders. Both are being hosted at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Participants in the dressage program at the Van Kampen Indoor Arena at the Global Dressage Festival grounds are Kalie Beckers of Lousiana; Rachel Chowanec of Connecticut; Allie Cyprus, Emma Patterson and Cassie Schmidt of Texas; Lindsay Holleger, Leah Marks and Elle Turner of Georgia; Ayden Uhlir of Washington; Bebe Davis of New Jersey and Jamie Pestana and Genay Vaughn of California. Selected auditors include Kate Conover, Jessica Fan and Allison Hopkins of Texas; Rebekah Mingari of Kentucky; Alexander Dawson of Wisconsin; Devon Wycoff of Colorado and Mikayla Fredericks of Iowa.

The riders will be immersed in a week of an intense dressage educational experience centered around training sessions with top international competitors. Participants begin each day with a rider work-out designed by personal trainer Bob Gutowitz.

Riding sessions with Robert Dover, Shelly Francis, Jan Ebeling and Debbie McDonald are held each day.

Participants also attend daily lectures from other professionals including U.S. Team Veterinarian Dr. Rick Mitchell, sports psychologist Dr. Jenny Susser, nutritionist Dr. Mary Beth Gordon, farrier Don Later, Jane Savioe, a media professional and U.S. Equestrian Federation Youth Coach Jeremy Steinberg.

The group will make field trips to local international level training facilities in Wellington.

Dressage judges Janet Foy and Linda Zang will judge and provide feedback on a test ridden by the participants on the final day.

The program was started in 2011 and modeled on the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Athlete Program.

“We need to continue to expose and encourage the talented youth riders in this sport in order to continue to strengthen the pipeline which will eventually lead to creating competitive international dressage squads to represent the United States at all international competitions,” Robert said.

Auditors for the riding portions of the clinic will be allowed to attend for a minimum donation to Dressage4Kids of $20 per person per day. Dressage4Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing educational and competitive opportunities for youth riders to encourage them to become true horsemen, develop good sportsmanship skills and to have fun.

The schedule:

Thursday Jan. 2–Global Dressage grounds–Riding sessions 8 am-12:30 pm Shelly Francis, Robert Dover.
Global–Speakers: 1 pm Robert Dover; 2:30 pm Dr. Mary Beth Gordon.

Friday Jan. 3–Global–Riding sessions 8 am-12:30 pm Shelly Francis, Jan Ebeling.
Stillpoint Farm–Speakers: 1 pm Don Later; 2:30 pm Dr. Jenny Susser.

Saturday Jan. 4–Global–Riding sessions 8 am-12:30 pm Debbie McDonald, Jan Ebeling.
Stillpoint–Speakers: 1 pm Jane Savioe; 2:30 pm Dr. Rick Mitchell.

Sunday Jan. 5–Global–Riding sessions 8 am-12:30 pm Debbie McDonald, Robert Dover.
Stillpoint–Speakers: 1 pm Ken Braddick; 2:30 pm Jeremy Steinberg.

Monday Jan. 6–Global–Riding Sessions 9:30 am-12:30 pm Judges: Linda Zang, Janet Foy.