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Junior Dressage Team

 

 

Each summer, Second Nature Farm attends Lendon Gray’s Youth Dressage Festival, also known as Dressage 4 Kids or simply D4K, which takes place at the HITS on the Hudson show grounds in Saugerties, New York. D4K is an intensive, competitive horse show for riders ages 21 and younger that takes place over three days. Riders must complete three phases of competition, including a written test, a dressage seat equitation class, and a dressage test at the level of their choice. Each phase comprises 1/3 of a final score for each rider. The scores for all riders on each team are then added for a grand team total that determines the overall placings.

SNF typically brings 6-8 horse and rider combinations to this show. We require that riders either own or lease a horse in order to participate. If a rider is interested in participating in D4K as part of the SNF team, we suggest that he or she attend once as a groom (i.e., as a helper instead of a rider) to get the full gist of the competition without the added stress of caring for and riding, as well.

Please speak with your instructor if you are interested in becoming a part of this team program. Members of the SNF Junior Dressage Team work hard to prepare, but they have a lot of fun while doing so. D4K is always one of the highlights of the summer, and all the preparation is great bonding time with your riding friends and your horse.

For more information on D4K specifically, click here: d4k

D4K Results 2018

Team members:

Melanie Delduco and Flacon

Lauren Kramer and Mazur

Evie Oliver and World Player

Rachel Staib and Daiquiri Dancer

Megan Kuon and Resplendent

Sarah Renz and Aragon

Ava Colon and Heigh Jude

Our first team (Melanie Delduco, Lauren Kramer, Megan Kuon, and Evie Oliver) was the Overall Reserve Champion Team out of a field of almost 50 teams! Individually, Melanie was reserve champion in the FEI Young Rider division; Lauren was third place in the Third Level division; Megan Kuon was champion in the First Level division; and Evie Oliver was third place in the Second Level division.

Our second team (Rachel Staib, Sarah Renz, and Ava Colon) all had a great showing as well. Ava Colon was reserve champion in the Training Level division; Rachel Staib was third place in the Training Level Musical Freestyle division; and Sarah Renz achieved personal best rides and scores.

D4K Results 2017

Team members:

Melanie Delduco and Flacon

Lauren Kramer and Mazur

Evie Oliver and World Player

Courtney Walsh and Timeless

Rachel Staib and Grandioso

Sarah Renz and Mr. Chadwick

Megan Kuon and Resplendent

Congratulations to our first team (Melanie Delduco, Lauren Kramer Evie Oliver & Courtney Walsh) for being recognized as the D4K Overall Champion Team out of more than 50 teams! This is a major accomplishment at such a competitive horse show.

Our second team (Rachel Staib, Sarah Renz, and Megan Kuon) also came away with great ribbons and several personal high scores. Rachel Staib was third in a huge Prix Caprilli division; Sarah Renz was eighth in a very competitive Training Level division; and Megan Kuon had top scores in the First Level division.