Over the past month, our GGT Footing™ arena builders have been busy at several installations of top horse shows.
In the elite international world of dressage, one name stands above all others and that is Carl Hester and Rowena Luard’s Valegro. This extraordinary athlete’s achievements, with rider Charlotte Dujardin, have made Valegro a household name, sold out countless arenas and catapulted the sport of dressage to one of the most popular Olympic summer sports. And this December, Breyer will honor dressage’s super-star athlete with his own Breyer portrait model created in his likeness.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Dial as the U.S. Endurance Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor.
“I am very excited to be able to work with some of the best riders and horses in the USA. In the following few years my expectations are that we will rise to the top of our sport on the international playing field,” said Dial. “The U.S. is fortunate to have a lot of great athletes, both human and equine. I am happy we also have exceptional Junior and Young Riders to work with.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is currently seeking nominations for America’s Favorite Veterinarian, a nationwide contest to honor and recognize outstanding veterinarians for their essential role in preserving and protecting the health and well-being of our animals. Those eligible include veterinarians practicing in all areas of veterinary medicine, such as private practice, health research, public health, agriculture and academia.
The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that Jane Kelly of Powhatan, VA, is the 2015 recipient of the $500 Trip Harting Grant. Jane plans to use the funds to continue her education in the United States Dressage Federation Instructor Certification Program.
Jane is a Graduate A of Pony Club and has been a USPC Examiner and Clinician for 18 years. She has earned her USDF bronze, silver and gold medals, is an “L” Graduate and an Associate Instructor for USDF. “Thank you to The Dressage Foundation and the Trip Harting Fund. I am grateful that I was chosen as this year's recipient. This opportunity will allow me to improve my teaching skills to help my students increase their understanding and appreciation of horses and dressage.”