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NEDA Symposia & Clinics - Spring Symposium
2013 Spring Symposium
"The Inside Scoop - New Rider Tests & Freestyle"
THANKS to our VOLUNTEERS!!
Angela Prenosil ~ Education Coordinator
Kris Conquest ~ Event and Auditor Chairperson
Beth Psaledas ~ Volunteer Coordinator
Elizabeth Preston ~ Rider Liason
Christine Shea ~ Sponsorship Facilitator
Laurie Couillard ~ Program
THANK YOU DEMO RIDERS!!!
Laura Jones Kobrin & Lionheart's Macbeth
Patrice Estess & Mick Daniela Valentgas & Preferred Seating
Arne Walz & Nandalino
Anne Diettriech & Lancelott
Lisa Cross & Dragon
Elizabeth Preston & Encore! Encore!
Debi Barka & Bantry Bay's Lily
Meghan Hamilton-Yallen & Farrah
Lisa Hellmer & Galvani
Katya Planson & Annika
Mary Stadelmann and Garmt B
Come to the Spring Symposium to learn about the new "rider" tests and the new training level freestyle and more! This is a VERY adult amateur friendly event. Professionals with AA students should seek this education, as well as the 'L' judges who want to see the new rider tests & freestyle in detail.
Saturday will be demos and info on the new rider tests presented by 'R' judge, Alison Head. Alison Head earned a BA in history from Duke University and a JD from Georgetown University. After practicing law for 5 years, specializing in commercial real estate and banking, she left to pursue a career in dressage. Alison is a U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze, silver and gold medalist and a USEF “R” judge and is currently working toward her S license. She was long-listed with the USET in 1993 and 1994 with Granus. She owns and operates Looking Glass Farm, a dressage training , competition and breeding facility in Hamilton, Virginia and is an active FEI-level trainer, breeder, stallion owner, competitor and instructor. Alison was the USDF Region 1 Director from 2001 to 2010. She is currently President of Virginia Dressage Association and a member of the USEF Dressage Committee, serving on the sub-committee that was responsible for creating the new Rider Tests as well as serving as Chair of the Dressage Seat Equitation sub-committee. Alison also serves on several other Boards including Dressage at Devon, the Col. Bengt Ljungquist Memorial Championships and the Loudoun County (VA) Equine Alliance.
Sunday will be freestyles with emphasis on the new training level freestyle by Marlene Whitaker. Marlene actually encourages people to develop their OWN freestyle (especially at the lower levels)! So by the time we end on Sunday, you should have a good understanding of what's involved, what the judges are looking for, and be willing to give it a try.
Marlene Whitaker 's lifelong passions for music and the elegant equine led naturally to the creation of Custom Freestyle, Inc. in 1992. A retired first grade teacher, she holds degrees in music and education.
Her kuers have been represented at the Olympics, Para Olympics, World Cup, Young Rider World Cup, Pan Am Games, World Equestrian Games, North American Young Rider Championships, European Young Rider Championships, Asian Games, and has won prestigious freestyle events as well as high score , regional, and national championships. Her client list reads like a Who's Who in the world of dressage. An amateur rider herself, she has won regional and national USDF titles.
Contributing to the Breast Cancer Research's Challenge of the Americas exhibition in Wellington, Florida, Marlene's music received a perfect 10! She also donates all the music for "Dancing Under The Stars", a benefit for Therapeutic Riding in Tryon, NC. She designed and donated an instructional DVD on freestyle for the USDF judging certification program, is a past member of the USDF Freestyle Committee, and continues to speak, teach, and work at all levels of the sport to promote the development and understanding of the kur.
With her husband of 46 years, Marlene lives in Tryon, North Carolina, where she devotes all day, every day, to her music and 5 rambunctious grandsons under the age of 12.
We are very excited for you all to experience this new venue in Northampton, MA! The site is literally 1/4 mile from Exit 19 on Rt 91 with parking on site and indoor plumbing. There will be a food vendor on site and also LOTS of area restaurants for you to have lunch & dinner. The indoor arena is 150 X 250ft with bleacher seating. The vendors will also be inside under the same roof. Brand new stabling for our dedicated demo riders and horses. (pics and link to come)
Vendors on Site
The Lincoln Grille Food Vendor
We are very pleased to have a great food vendor this year on site. They will be offering breakfast: Egg sandwiches with bacon or sausage, full breakfast with home fries, strawberry shortcake french toast, huevos rancheros, oatmeal with craisins,almonds and brown sugar. Prices range from $3.00-$6.50. There are many more options and they cook to order.
And lunch: Hot dogs, burgers, wraps such as fajita, cape cod chicken salad, veggie w/ hummus, grilled or crispy chicken w/ many dressing choices. We have grilled cheese, BLTs and other sandwiches. Salads including caesar, garden, BLT, or strawberry,chicken,& almonds with a balsamic dressing. Chicken or buffaloed tenders with fresh cut fries and mozzarella sticks. This is a sampling of what they have, along with a variety of beverages. Lunch prices are $3.00 - $7.50.
Spring Symposium Host Hotel
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center (3.2 miles)
Northampton, MA (413) 586-1211
Note - When you are getting directions, please enter
46 Old Ferry Rd, Northampton, MA 01060 as the destination for the indoor arena! Fair St will bring you to the wrong entrance.
From the North:
If you or your company would like to be involved in this prestigious event as a sponsor or vendor
please contact Alexandra Dane at Sponsorship@neda.org
or call her at 978.356.0682