WWU student selected to participate in prestigious dressage clinic
|11/27/2012||Mary Ann Beahon|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||(573) 592-1127|
William Woods University junior Krista Spencer of Naperville, Ill., has been selected as one of eight young dressage riders from across the Midwest to participate in the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Platinum Performance/USDF Junior/Young Rider Clinic Series.
The clinician will be 2012 Olympic dressage rider Jan Ebeling, who became famous outside the dressage industry this summer for riding Rafalca, an Olympic dressage horse owned by Anne Romney. The clinic will be held Dec. 8-9 at Pine Hill Farm in North Kansas City, Mo.
Spencer will ride WWU’s Take Over (Tigger), a 19-year-old Danish Warmblood Gelding, who has helped her earn both her USDF Bronze and Silver medals. Spencer and Tigger made their successful Prix St. Georges debut (the first of the international dressage levels) in October at the St. Louis Area Dressage Fall Classic show, winning both their classes.
Youth members of the USDF between the ages of 14 and 21 at all riding levels were eligible to apply for the prestigious clinic, which includes both individual riding lessons with Ebeling and classroom lectures. The clinics are designed to help young talented riders begin to make a successful transition into the dressage profession.
“Acceptance into the clinic opens important industry doorways for the riders, such as invitations to the Young Rider Graduate program and professional trainer clinics, as well as the possibility of competing in the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships,” Karen Pautz, clinical instructor of equestrian studies at WWU, said.
The Platinum Performance/USDF Junior/Young Rider Clinics are open to auditors, who can find registration information by going to http://www.usdf.org/education/clinics/jryr/dates-locations.asp.
WWU Junior Krista Spencer and Take Over (Tigger) make their Prix St. Georges debut at the St. Louis Area Dressage Society (SLADS) Fall Classic dressage show. Photo by Art by Jesse Franks (http://jessefranks.zenfolio.com/)