UF IFAS Brevard County Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

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Western Dressage Clinic
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

The UF IFAS Brevard County Extension 4-H Youth Development Program conducted a Western Dressage Clinic on Sunday, January 12 at Brandywine Stables in Melbourne, FL. Two volunteer clinicians taught nine 4-H’ers in groups of 2-3 for one hour each. They taught them what it means to be forward and balanced, and worked on their rhythm and impulsion. The students were taught how to ride a proper 20m circle at the trot and many of the riders also worked on the upward transition to lope and circling at the lope. Each component of the WDAA Intro or Basic Tests was taught. At the end of the session each rider rode a WDAA test with a critique following and some worked on a section of the test time allowing. This writer/photographer saw a marked improvement of each rider over the course of the lesson.

Brevard County 4-H is partnered with Dancing Horse Dressage & Combined Training (USDF GMO). The partnership allows 4-H’ers to earn points toward the 4-H High Point Award (4 divisions) by showing at the 2 winter/spring DHD shows. DHD offers Western Dressage, allowing them to earn points toward the High Point Award. You may view pictures of the clinic by clicking on this link: Clinic pictures.

Daryl Leonard