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Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session at Shannondale Farm Wraps-Up after Two Informative Days

RELEASE: February 5, 2013
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department

Lexington, KY - The first Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session of 2013 wrapped up Sunday at Shannondale Farm in Alpharetta, Georgia. A diverse group of young dressage horses, representing a multitude of breeds and varied levels of experience, were selected for the training session with USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach Scott Hassler.
Scott Hassler instructs Sandie Gaines-Beddard and Flairance (Chris Hutchings)
Scott Hassler instructs Sandie Gaines-Beddard and Flairance (Chris Hutchings)

Hassler commented, “We had another very successful training session in this area. It is always encouraging to see the number of interested breeders, owners and young horse trainers who choose to audit these sessions. It provides the setting to have great discussions. With eight out of the 10 horses bred in the USA, I hope to see quite a few of these horses in the FEI ring in the future.”

The open training session was well attended by breeders, sponsors, horse owners and local young horse enthusiasts. Hassler led a discussion in the evening using video footage from the Bundeschampionate (National Young Horse Championships in Germany) and the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses. 

“As a longstanding enthusiast, supporter and breeder/owner of young horses who compete in the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program, I continue to be inspired by the program and the USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach, Scott Hassler,” said Annetta Coleman of High Valley Hanoverians.  “Through the Young Horse Training Sessions, the trainers of these equine athletes have direct access to the astute, effective and encouraging coaching style of Scott Hassler. Similarly, Scott's ability to share background and teaching moments enables auditors to take away keen insights that can be applied to their own young dressage horses.”

The next Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program event will be an observation session in Wellington, Florida followed by another open training session on March 2-3, 2013 at Oak Hill Ranch in Folsom, Louisiana.

Participants in this first training session included:

Jessica Barns/Ezabella HF/4/Julie Ballard Haralson/Julie Ballard Haralson (USA)
Michelle Folden/Monticello VT/ 4/Dr. Heather Will/Virginia Tech (USA)
Sandie Gaines-Beddard/ Flairance/6/Sandie Gaines-Beddard/Clemens Von Merveldt (GER)
Kim Gentry/ Leonardo/6/Kim Gentry/Oak Hill Ranch (USA)
Ashley Marascalco/ Rebellienne HVH/4/High Valley Hanoverians/High Valley Hanoverians (USA)
Stacie Myers/ Finneus/4/Gina Fisk/Gina Fisk (USA)
Rick Sauerman/ Ralahari/6/ Parvin Work/Oldenburg Farm, LLC (USA)
Janet Stone/DeLovely fcf/4/Lisa Brown/Janet Stone (USA)
Anneliese Vogt-Harber/ Hot Black Chocolate/6/ Anneliese Vogt-Harber/ Hugo Schmidgall (GER)
Laura Wharton-Mero/ Oh Fiddledeedee/5/ Patricia G. Borders/ Patricia G. Borders (USA)

The two day clinic’s mounted sessions, lectures and video review were extremely informative for everyone that attended.

“I think it is great that Scott, USEF, and Markel , have come together and take the time for the lecture-discussion as well as the video review. I believe being able to see the videos and quality of horses, riders, and training of the young horse world championships helps raise the standard for all of us young horse riders, trainers, breeders here in the U.S.,” said Folden. “It is great to have these visual aids as we can carry them home in our minds and strive for more from ourselves and our horses.”

For more information about the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program please contact Hallye Griffin by email at or by phone (859) 225-6918.