There was good news in my inbox.  An announcement of the Dressage4Kids (D4K) Tenth Annual Weekend Educational Program in Southbury, CT on the weekend of January 21st.

Hilary Clayton, whom I’ve referred to here and here, is the Keynote Speaker. There is a special forum for instructors only on Saturday (I’m going) and a forum for judges only on Sunday.

On Sunday, too, there will be an eventing and USEA Area 1 Young Rider Program.  There will be peer roundtable discussions for parents, for professionals and for youth heading toward the North American Junior/Young Rider dressage and eventing championships.

Margaret Freeman will be talking about “How to Get an 8 or Higher,” and “First Level, the Black Hole” (she does have a sense of humor).  Karen Withstandly is giving a talk on “Using the Thermal Imaging Machine for Saddle Fitting.”  Emily Harrison, DVM will be discussing “Volunteering as a Vet in Morocco.”  There is something to interest everyone who’s interested in horses, from performance plateaus to winter survival tips, from vaulting to equine cruelty investigations.

There will be lectures dedicated to dressage riders, pony clubbers and eventers.  And it’s not just for kids — if it’s anything like it’s been in years past, you’ll see plenty of adult amateurs there.  It’s affordable and there is a nice discount for advance registration.  The Heritage Hotel in Southbury, CT is offering special rates for participants.

For more information, click this link.  Updates will appear on the Dressage4Kids Facebook page.