This is the flagship event of Dressage4Kids, Inc. conducted in July or August. Instituted in 1999, the festival offers individual and team competition for riders from ages 4 through 21. Division championships feature a three-phased competition: a written test, an individual dressage test, and a group equitation ride. Divisions offered are Introductory through Fourth, FEI Pony, Junior and Young Rider and Para Equestrian. Riders may also assemble teams and vie for the USDF Region 8 Youth Team Competition. Classes for Leadline (riders aged 4 to 8), Prix Caprilli (dressage ride incorporating jumps), Dressage Trail and Musical Freestyle are offered, as are other competitive and fun activities.
There are also now similar programs held elsewhere.
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Dressage4Kids is pleased to announce that Kross Creek Farm is the new title sponsor of the Kross Creek Farm Team Competition in honor of Margarita Serrell at Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival.
Inaugurated in 1999, Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival offers individual and team competition for riders from ages 4 through 21. Kross Creek Farm and Dressage4Kids are proud to support the development of youth in Dressage.
Close to 50 teams usually compete at Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival. Some teams are formed in advance, but other teams are often formed during the Festival when riders meet up with friends old and new. The team competition culminates in the Parade of Teams, during which riders get to walk into the stadium together with their teammates to be recognized for their achievements.
Until competing at the FEI levels, and even then, there are few chances for youth dressage riders to participate on a team. And yet being part of a team gives riders a chance to be a part of something bigger – to share in the ups and downs, to offer support, to cheer on their teammates, to build confidence, and to share their love of horses with others.
When asked about Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival, young riders consistently rank the team aspect as one of their favorite parts of the competition. One family writes, “the emphasis on… teamwork and [the] overall spirit of the Festival are truly unique and special. We love it!”
Dressage4Kids is very thankful to Kross Creek Farm for their support to keep this team competition a part of Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival!
Do you want to thank your trainer?
Do you have a special memory of participating at the Youth Dressage Festival that you would like to share?
Do you want to wish your rider good luck?
In honor of the Festival's 20th anniversary, we are going to include a special section in the Festival program where you can submit your memories and impressions of the Festival or perhaps your best wishes for this year's riders.
Proceeds from this section will benefit D4K's scholarship program.
The Prize List for the 20th Annual Youth Dressage Festival is now available! The Youth Dressage Festival will take place July 13-15, 2018 at HITS on the Hudson Show Grounds in Saugerties, New York.
Opening Date for Entries is May 21, 2018.
Prize list has been revised as of April 7.