JUNIOR TEAM UPDATE:
Third Round in the DDA Jr Team Competiton
The third in the series of schooling shows offering Jr. Team competitions was held at Southwind Stables in Olive Branch on Saturday, May 30.
Three Junior Teams participated:
The Mad Hatters (this is the team that has represented SWS at the MDA shows in
the first 2 rounds):
Megan Patterson Intro A 63.125
Megan Patterson Intro B 64.375
Daniel Patterson Training 1 72.391
Daniel Patterson Training 3 69.318
Alli Stewart Intro B 62.50
Team score 65.597
DDA Members: time to renew for 2015! Click here for the updated Membership form.
NEW DRESSAGE TESTS: see the USDF website for the new 2015 tests, http://www.usdf.org/downloads/forms/index.asp?TypePass=Tests http://www.usdf.org/downloads/forms/index.asp?TypePass=Tests
Past Shows, Results, Info:
Memphis in Springtime, May 12-13, 2012
L Program at Midsouth Dressage Academy
for more information, go to http://www.midsouthdressageacademy.org/sample-page/l-program-at-mda/
Developed by the USDF Judges Committee, this educational training program features a faculty of experienced, USDF-approved, United States Equestrian Federation recognized “S” judges. This program offers a comprehensive curriculum created to teach participants and auditors to evaluate dressage performance at Training through Second Level.
This program has been designed with several goals in mind:
Junior Team Competitions!
(scroll down for more general information and links to the tests)
We kicked off the Junior Team Competition at the MDA March 28th schooling show. At our initial competition, we had 2 teams competing, one from the Midsouth Dressage Academy in Hernando, MS and the second team from Southwind Stables in Olive Branch, MS. At this first event, teams were somewhat hastily established; in fact, the MDA riders did not know they were on a team until the end of the event, when we were finishing up the scoring. The junior who participated like the team competition, and were enthusiastic about doing it again the future.
On May 16th, we held the second round of the team competition, at the MDA schooling show. Both teams were present, prepared, and cheering each other on. As you can see from the results, some team members have changed horses and some have changed tests. It will be interesting to see our juniors grow and change throughout the year of competitions.
Our third round of competition will be held at Southwind Stables on May 30.
We would be happy to welcome new teams to the competition at any time in the series. For information, please email or call Peggy Gaboury. Gaboury@bellsouth.net or 901-853-1815. (no texts).
Current Team Standings:
Southwind Farm first on Mar 28, 66.526
MDA first on May 16, 62.5263
Southwind Farm 64.9577
For individual results:
Results from March 28th show, click here.
Results from May 16th show, click here.
DDA will sponsor Junior Team Competitions through MidSouth Dressage Academy.
What it is and how it works:
A team consists of 3 or 4 riders and may or may not include a Team Manager. The Manager position allows for the participation of someone whose horse may be lame at that particular competition, or allows a team to keep a back-up rider ready to participate if need be. The Manager should the person who reads tests for the riders, keeps track of everyone’s ride times, etc. Since we are offering a year-long series of shows, any given team can rotate the manager position throughout the year; an individual can be manager at one show and be a rider at a later show. To be eligible for the year-end award, a team needs to have the same members for at least 3 of the listed competitions.
Teams can be organized by any stable or riding club (such as Pony Club) that wishes to participate. More than one team can come from any stable or club. Teams can also be created by combining individuals who wish to participate into a Team. That can be done at any individual show; if such teams wish to continue as teams through the season, those teams would be eligible for year-end awards.
Teams are encouraged to have a name, to have matching polo shirts and saddle pads, etc. Since all of these competitions will be schooling shows, formal riding attire is not required. Helmet and boots or paddock boots with half-chaps are required. Matching polo wraps will be allowed.
All competitions will be run under USEF rules for Dressage. Bits must be one of the snaffles legal for dressage; no martingales will be allowed. Double bridles are allowed only at the appropriate levels of USEF Dressage Tests. Riders may compete in any English saddle. Riders may carry one whip of 47” inches or less in length. For full description of the allowed tack, see the USEF rule book.
For purposes of these competitions, a Junior is eligible until the end of the calendar year in which they reach age 18. If we have enough participation, we might divide the competition into teams under 14 and teams 14-18. Starting out, everyone competes together.
Individual members of each team enter the dressage tests of their choice at each individual show. If a rider enters more than 2 tests, he or she must specify which tests are to be used for the Team competition. Team riders can compete in any level. Team scores will be computed by using the percentages of individual test rides, not the raw scores. If we have enough participation, the team competition might be separated by level, as in teams with only Intro and Training Level riders, etc. For now, everyone competes together.
At each competition, the individual riders will receive their test scores and be placed in those classes just as they would at any ordinary competition. Team placings will be computed at the end of the competition, and team awards will be given then.
Entries: Individual riders will complete show entries as usual, paying the usual individual show fees. There will be a second page of the entry, where members can list their team affiliation. There may be a small additional fee ($10 or $15) to cover costs specific to the team competition. This might include a breakfast or lunch meeting for team members to meet members of other teams, etc. The Show Management running the overall show will keep all usual fees for entry, stabling, office fees, etc. DDA will cover costs of awards to teams and of any food provided at team meetings, etc, so the team participation fee will go to DDA.
Good sportsmanship will be expected of all team members. Friendly and supportive attitudes toward members of other teams are to be expected. Team participants are also expected to demonstrate good horsemanship, taking appropriate care of their mounts and equipment. Both good sportsmanship and good horsemanship may factor into year-end awards.
At the end of the year, teams that have participated as teams in 3 or more competitions will be eligible for year-end awards. The year-end award will include individual ribbons or medals for each team member. There will also be a small scholarship award for the Champion and Reserve Champion teams, paid to the sponsoring stable or club, to be used for educational purposes.
At recognized shows:
DDA will sponsor awards for riders in an equitation division, as follows:
The individual rider will compete in a Rider test of choice, and ride in a Dressage Seat Equitation class. Scores will be combined, by averaging percentages, between the 2 classes. Awards will be separated for Juniors and Amateurs.
At schooling shows:
DDA will sponsor the same division as above.
In addition, DDA will sponsor a walk/trot equitation division. The individual rider will ride Intro Test B and a walk/trot DSE class. Scores will be combined and awards presented as above.
Prix Caprilli tests
Prix Caprilli tests will be offered at the Southwind Stable Schooling Shows and at MDA shows. These test used will be those used at Dressage4Kids and can be downloaded from that website. Or see the test by clicking here: Prix Caprilli Intro, Prix Caprilli Training, Prix Caprilli First Level