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The University of Vermont Dressage Team

UVM CatamountAbout the UVM Dressage Team

The UVM Dressage Team has much to offer riders of all disciplines and experience levels: from a rigorous competition schedule to fundamental instruction. On our current team, you'll find riders from various backgrounds (hunter/jumper, western, and eventing) and broad experience levels (Pony Club, casual trail riding, Regional & National competitions, and local showing).  Just because you don't have Dressage experience doesn't mean that you shouldn't exclude the team and all that it has to offer!

The UVM Dressage Team currently has 14 members. In the fall semester, try-outs are held to fill any open spots. We invite all athletes to try-out.  The selection process is competitive, but not impossible as we have various experience levels to fill. The intercollegiate competition allows for two groups of four team members and one coach to attend each show. Generally, we alternate competitors so that everyone may have an opportunity to show. Each semester there are approximately four horse shows sponsored by University Teams within our region, as well as IDA Nationals, held in mid-April. We currently compete in the A region of the IDA; you can view this at These competitions are unique because riders are mounted on horses drawn by lottery number, given 10 minutes to warm up on their horse and then perform their required test.

Each team member rides in two lessons per week, averaging about 20 lessons a semester. The lessons are taught by the UVM Dressage Team Coach, Bonnie Timmerman, at Birch Ledge Farm in Colchester, Vermont. Transportation to and from the farm is generally provided by carpooling with any members of the team.

Last modified July 15 2011 02:04 PM

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