The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that the annual USDF Sport Horse Seminar and Handlers’ Clinic will be held October 29-31, 2010 at Horses Unlimited in Albuquerque, NM. Comprised of both classroom lecture portions and hands-on evaluations, the sessions will give valuable insight into four major areas; ideal movement and conformation of a sport horse, considerations when selecting breeding stock, show ring strategies as well as competition rules and judging guidelines. Also, noted USDF judges Kristi Wysocki and William Solyntjes will be the seminar leaders. Each has a long list of judging credentials and will impart their vast knowledge in this personalized format.
“We are honored to be hosting this annual event as there are many quality bloodlines and offspring here in New Mexico and this seminar will showcase them,” said Anne Sparks, CEO of Horses Unlimited. “In addition, the USDF Sport Horse Seminar is one of the educational highlights of the year. To have the expertise of Kristi Wysocki and William Solyntjes is invaluable in our segment of horse breeding and training.”
This educational weekend will be packed with expert instruction and an opportunity for attendees to utilize their newly acquired skills in a real world setting. Horses Unlimited, as well as other area breeders, will provide demonstration horses representing a cross-section of today’s sport horse. Bloodlines from some of the most important Hanoverian, Oldenburg, RPSI, Holsteiner and Swedish bloodlines will be featured.
The first of three days of education start on Friday, October 29 with the Handler’s Clinic. This portion is designed to instruct owners and exhibitors in both the basics of showing a horse in-hand, as well as highlight the nuances that transform a respectable performance into a winning one. This program will also clarify show ring rules and procedures. Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31, will be two full days designed to educate breeders, riders, trainers, judges and potential owners about the qualities in a sport horse and how to rate them. Additionally, this seminar will serve as a prerequisite for becoming a USEF-licensed dressage/sport horse breeding judge.
For more information, or to register, please contact Horses Unlimited at 505-873-9043, or visit www.horsesunlimited.us.
Headquartered in the heart of the Southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Horses Unlimited’s mission is to produce modern sport horses with great temperaments, athletic ability, superior movement and jumping ability. In addition to seven international stallions available for breeding, Horses Unlimited regularly has 20 or more horses for sale, from weanlings to horses with show records, including offspring from their internationally recognized FEI Dressage stallions including Leonberg, Pik L, and Galan Du Serein.
Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit