Bedford, NY – February 20, 2018. The 16th Annual Dressage4Kids Weekend Equestrian Program at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, Connecticut, in January was a huge success! A record number of attendees—well over 200 each day—came to learn from more than 35 speakers about horse and rider related topics in their quest to become better, more knowledgeable horsemen.
Each classroom was overflowing with enthusiastic horse lovers who really enjoyed an informative weekend. In addition to the lectures, there was a USDF Instructors Workshop, an Eventing Track, and the USDF Region 8 Judges Forum led by USEF ‘S’ Judge Margaret Freeman.
One practical session that really opened people’s eyes, was putting together the parts of the unique equine digestive system. When you see 70 feet of mock intestines stretching down the hall, it brings home the necessity of a correct diet for each horse! Plenty of knowledge was dispensed on this and other health subjects over both days. Jon Nowinski from the Emergency Animal Response Service gave valuable advice on how to check your barn for safety issues, and also discussed how horse owners and riders can prepare for natural disasters. In view of the fires, hurricanes, and flooding last year, this presentation was packed!
Look for next year’s Weekend Equestrian Program by checking www.dressage4kids.org.