The show season has come and gone & what a productive year it has been for the Rising Stars Youth Dressage Equitation program. Seven shows offered the RS Equitation program and we were very pleased to have the opportunity to travel throughout the Province to support each of these shows. In doing so we met enthusiastic youth competitors and their families, supportive show committees and judges and generally connected with youth Dressage supporters around the Province. We asked and answered a lot of questions which helped us better understand how to encourage more youth engagement in our sport.
At the Regional Dressage Show at Thunderbird Show Park Oct. 7, Rising Stars Equitation Champions & Res. Champions from the participating shows were invited to a head to head ‘ride off’. The winner and reserve from the ride off(s) became the first Rising Stars Provincial Equitation Champion and Reserve Champion in Gold and Bronze.
In September we were invited to Calgary, Alberta to present our Rising Stars Equitation program during a youth Dressage clinic with Lendon Gray (Dressage 4 Kids). In attendance were youth Dressage riders from Alberta & Saskatchewan. Both Alberta and Saskatchewan have shown serious interest in including the Equitation program in their 2019 shows.
In May 2018 Rising Stars Youth Show (including Equitation) was piloted at the Ottawa Dressage Festival. We are pleased to report they want to include Rising Stars Youth Dressage again at the Ottawa Dressage Festival 2019. Nancy Olson and Marilyn Connolly travelled to Ottawa to help manage the Rising Stars part of the show.
We are now busy preparing our presentation of the Rising Stars Youth Dressage Equitation program at the Equestrian Canada Symposium in Langley, Nov. 17/18. This program will then roll out in 2019 as an EC National Dressage Youth development program.
As you can see we are moving across the Provinces to encourage show organizers to include Rising Stars Youth Dressage in their shows… 4 Provinces so far and counting! Stay tuned for ongoing updates!
Sue & Wendy
Here you will find the resources you need to offer the Rising Stars Youth Dressage Equitation program at your show. Additional resources such as a sample program and prize list are for shows that want to offer the larger format RSYD division which would include the equitation program.
“Our Dressage event combined beautifully with the Rising Stars Equitation program model…..what a strong, timely message for us! I applaud Wendy and Sue for their efforts in making this discipline more easily accessible for young Dressage riders, and I will continue to offer my full support in their future endeavours.” –Tracy Carver, Pony Club
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