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Mar
14
Sat
2020
all-day First Dance @ Amen Corner Farm
First Dance @ Amen Corner Farm
Mar 14 – Mar 15 all-day
Licensed Dressage Show
May
2
Sat
2020
all-day Pony Club Regional Qualifying Dress... @ Lagniappe Equestrian Center
Pony Club Regional Qualifying Dress... @ Lagniappe Equestrian Center
May 2 – May 3 all-day
This is an open show in conjunction with a Pony Club rally and is SEDA-recognized. Please contact Dawn Kelley for...
May
16
Sat
2020
all-day LEC Horse Trials in a Day @ Lagniappe Equestrian Center
LEC Horse Trials in a Day @ Lagniappe Equestrian Center
May 16 all-day
Horse trials in a day and dressage only SEDA-recognized
Jun
13
Sat
2020
all-day LEC Combined Test and Dressage Only @ Lagniappe Equestrian Center
LEC Combined Test and Dressage Only @ Lagniappe Equestrian Center
Jun 13 all-day
Combined test and dressage only SEDA-recognized
Jul
25
Sat
2020
all-day LEC Just Jumpers and Derby Cross @ Lagniappe Equestrian Center
LEC Just Jumpers and Derby Cross @ Lagniappe Equestrian Center
Jul 25 all-day
Just jumpers and derby cross NOT SEDA-recognized
Aug
22
Sat
2020
all-day LEC Horse Trials in a Day @ Lagniappe Equestrian Center
LEC Horse Trials in a Day @ Lagniappe Equestrian Center
Aug 22 all-day
Horse trials in a day and dressage only SEDA-recognized
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Bigger and Better

Bigger and Better

By Victoria Sudkamp, SEDA Scholarship Recipient

Thank you SEDA for awarding Gallagher and me with the 2019 Spring Young Rider SEDA Scholarship. 

Gallagher and I used the award to participate in the Anne Hornbeak Dressage Clinic and Daniela Moguel Jump Clinic.

Gallagher and I have been Eventing for only about one year. Within this short time Gallagher proved himself to be an incredible athlete.  During our first two recognized horse trials, Fleur De Leap and Holly Hill, we registered in the Starter division. Our goal for Fleur de Leap was all about finishing. During our second show, Gallagher showed everyone his tenacity to move onto bigger obstacles. When Gallagher moved up to Beginner Novice we found ourselves on the unprepared side for dressage. Our trainer, Greta Peterson, recommended that we register for the Anne Hornbeak clinic to get ourselves ready to overcome Beginner Novice dressage challenges. Gallagher and I practiced many techniques in the clinic. However, the one skill that was really stressed was the up and down transitions. Anne gave me a life changing tool to open the inside rein and leg-yield into the transition. By doing this the horse is allowed to bend and to become more supple and obedient to the inside bend. 

As the year continued Gallagher and I were feeling confident about the move to Beginner Novice and were ready to take on the challenge to qualify for the American Eventing Championships. After we focused on dressage, Gallagher and I needed some stadium work. We used the other half of the scholarship to participate in the Daniela Moguel Jump Clinic. During this clinic we practiced approaching the jumps collected and adding leg about one and a half strides before the fence to prevent him from getting long and flat and keeping the power underneath him. Danny provided reinforcement to keep Gallagher collected right before the jump and then adding leg to  prevent him from getting long and flat. I learned when a horse gets long, flat, and powerful the rider could lose contact/control and rails may come down.

No doubt that both of the clinics helped us to not only reach but to exceed our 2019 goal. Gallagher and I competed in the AEC and finished third in our division. Gallagher has once again demonstrated how high he can fly. We are excited to move up to Novice this show season and tackle new challenges. Thanks to SEDA and the 2019 Spring Young Rider Scholarship, Gallagher and I were able to train with two amazing horsewomen to learn life long Eventing lessons that strengthened our team relationship and performance.