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Olympian Adrienne Lyle Awarded Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize

$25,000 Grant Funds European Training with Klaus Balkenhol

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard at 2013 WDM. Photos by Susan J. Stickle

Wellington, FL – February 7, 2013 – U.S Olympic athletes Adrienne Lyle and Wizard will travel to Europe this summer to train with the legendary Klaus Balkenhol, thanks to a $25,000 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize awarded by The Dressage Foundation.

Lavell, along with her friends and family, initially funded the prize in remembrance of her parents, May and George Cadwgan. Lavell is a Bronze Medal winner in team dressage at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and knows first-hand what it’s like to scrimp and struggle to make ends meet in order to make it to the top.

“You need to get sponsorships,” she said. “You can’t get sponsorships unless you do well. You can’t do well unless you have money to get on the road and go do it. It’s such a catch-22.”

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Global Dressage Forum North America to Honor Klaus Balkenhol for Lifetime Achievement

Klaus Balkenhol to be honored by Global Dressage Forum North America. Photo by Carole MacDonald

Wellington, FL – November 21, 2013 – The Global Dressage Forum North America (GDFNA)** will present their Lifetime Achievement Award to Klaus Balkenhol of Germany at the GDFNA to be held at the Jim Brandon Center in West Palm Beach, FL, on January 28-29, 2013.

Balkenhol is one of the world’s foremost educators in dressage and the author of several dressage books. He is a German Olympic champion, winning a team gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, and he also coached the U.S. Olympic Team to various international arenas.

Balkenhol has confirmed he will attend the GDFNA to accept the award in person and U.S. Olympic Team rider Steffen Peters will present the award.

The GDFNA Lifetime Dressage Achievement Award will be presented on the second day of the program immediately before the training demonstration by German international trainer, Wolfram Wittig.

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The 2013 Dressage Summit

A Rare Opportunity for Dressage Enthusiasts to Engage with an Unprecedented Lineup of the World’s Top Trainers

Christoph Hess and Linda Parelli schooling Emily Wagner aboard the 6-year-old AWR stallion WakeUp. (Photo courtesy of Parelli Natural Horsemanship)

Wellington, FL (November 13, 2012) – For dressage enthusiasts, winter in Wellington is the best way to usher in the new year. Each year, familiar faces and new ideas, steeped in long standing traditions, are a big part of the equestrian community celebrations.  2013 will be no exception, especially with the debut of the Dressage Summit, a 3-day unprecedented event bringing together the best of classical dressage, competitive dressage training and natural horsemanship methods presented by five of the top names in the business. Featuring Klaus Balkenhol, Walter Zettl, Christoph Hess, and Linda and Pat Parelli, The Dressage Summit will focus on working together to build stronger horse/human partnerships in classical dressage. These renowned presenters will demonstrate how to apply the fundamental principles of classical dressage to every level of the sport while respecting the dignity of both horse and human. This groundbreaking collaboration between dressage masters and top horsemen provides an exciting new perspective where dressage and natural horsemanship converge to enhance the training of the dressage athlete.

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