KWPN-NA Annual Meeting 2011

03/09/2011 — The "Road to Grand Prix" at the 23rd Annual Meeting includes Steffen Peters, Lendon Gray, Courtney King-Dye, Christine McCarthy, Cor Loeffen and Bart Henstra The KWPN-NA has put together a number of experts that includes Olympic medalist Steffen Peters, breeder and trainer of Olympic horses Cor Loeffen, renowned KWPN inspector Bart Henstra, Olympian Lendon Gray, USET-member Courtney King-Dye and DVM Deborah P. Harrison. The three-day program, March 24-March 26, will be held at DG Bar Ranch in Hanford, CA.


Thursday March 24
The Welcome Reception kicks off at 5:00 p.m. showcasing the athletic abilities of four-in-hand driving, vaulting and a pas de deux. From there the team behind the Olympic stallion Idocus will share not only his story as he progressed to Grand Prix, but also the program that has maintained the 21-year-old living legend who is still going strong. Speaking on behalf of Idocus will be his breeder and owner Christine McCarthy, Lendon Gray who trained and competed him through Intermediaire, Courtney King-Dye who rode him internationally and Steffen Peters, who coached the pair. Capping the festivities will be a freestyle ridden by Steffen Peters.

Sharpen Your Evaluating Skills with Horses at Every Level
On Friday and Saturday the education and fun continue with both lectures and hands-on demonstrations. Mornings will see lectures at the hotel with information about pedigrees, the KWPN Stallion Show, breeding updates, and valuating and selecting young horses for dressage and jumping. The afternoon will be at DG Bar Ranch to see horses in motion, both loose and under saddle. Horses from a variety of bloodlines and breeding directions will be included. We will also observe horses that are in training for specific careers. Combining one’s newly gained evaluation skills with the study of working horses is an unmatched opportunity.

Young Riders
In conjunction with the 2011 KWPN-NA Annual Meeting, the organization is actively inviting young riders, from all disciplines, to attend the event. A special young rider committee will ensure that young riders not only benefit from the educational aspect of the meeting, but that they get to interact with the experts and meet other young riders who share their passion for horses. Find “Young KWPN-NA” on Facebook to meet other young riders who will be attending the meeting.

(Above text by Christine DeHerrera, Equestrian Sports Promotions)

Speakers After a successful meeting in San Diego, we are pleased to bring back Cor Loeffen and Steffen Peters and look forward to a unique follow up program.

Cor Loeffen: is an instructor at the Equestrian Training Center in Deurne (NL)and former member of the KWPN Stallion Committee. Mr. Loeffen is well known in the world of breeding and conformation evaluations. He is the KWPN inspector for the province of Limburg where he judges the KWPN mare selections. He is also on the selection committee for several foal auctions. Mr. Loeffen is a breeder and trainer of several international and Olympic horses.

Steffen Peters: recently represented the U. S. at the WEG, where he won two Bronze Medals with Ravel. In 1996 he won team bronze medal at the Olympics with Udon was an alternate for the 2004 Games. He won a team bronze at the 2006 WEG and an individual bronze at the 2007 World Cup in Las Vegas.

Lendon Gray: has consistently won awards since she was a young rider. She was a member of the 1980 and 1988 Olympic Teams. Lendon has been actively involved in developing young riders. In 1999, she founded Dressage4Kids. com and has been the driving force behind the Youth Dressage Festival in Region 8. Lendon trained and competed Idocus successfully to Intermediaire I.

Courtney King-Dye: came up through the Young Rider ranks and competed in the Young Rider Championships. Assistant trainer to Lendon for six years, Courtney took over the ride on Idocus in 1999. After Idocus ’return from Holland, he went back to Courtney and the pair successfully represented the U. S. at International competitions in the U. S. and Europe.

Bart Henstra: has been a KWPN jury member since 2003. He became the KWPN inspector for Scotland in 2005 and took over as regional inspector for Friesland as well as joining the North American jury in 2007. Bart and his partner have operated Stal Henstra –a breeding and training facility with about 60 horses, since 1996.

Deborah P. Harrison, DVM: will again give her report on new developments in the breeding field from the AAEP convention.