Student riding her horse in the ring

The University of Vermont Dressage Team has a lot to offer to riders of all disciplines and experience levels. Our current team consists of individuals from a range of different backgrounds, but the study of classical dressage provides the perfect common ground.

The UVM Dressage Team currently consists of 20 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 UVM Dressage Team is based out of the UVM Horse Barn Co-op, conveniently located about five minutes from campus. Membership on the UVM Dressage Team offers riders two forty-five minute lessons per week during the fall semester and one forty-five minute lesson per week during the spring semester, plus multiple “free rides” throughout the year. The lesson package also includes clinic lessons each semester with Eric Horgan, an Olympic level eventer. We believe in a hands-on approach to horse care and providing our members with a comprehensive learning experience in all aspects of the equestrian sport.

For the past twelve years, the team has grown and flourished under the watchful eye of our coach Bonnie Timmerman. In 2012, Bonnie was awarded the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Coach of the Year Award due to her thoughtful and precise approach. She currently competes at Third Level with her lovely gelding Vivaldi.

To put our skills to practice, the UVM Dressage Team takes part in intercollegiate dressage competitions, sponsored by the IDA. Typically, the team takes eight members to each show, where we compete from Introductory to First Level against other schools in our region. Riders are mounted on a horse, drawn at random from within their level, given 10 minutes to warm up, and then expected to perform their test. 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.

What is Dressage?

Student riding her horse in competition

dres·sage   (dr-säzh, dr-) [French, preparation, training, dressage, from dresser, to set up, arrange, train, from Old French drecier, to set up, arrange.]

"To the untrained eye it looks easy, but like many equestrian sports, it serves the needs of a diverse range of horse lovers. It's an Olympic equestrian sport; yet a basic training discipline for the backyard horse. Dressage teaches a horse to be obedient, willing, supple and responsive. The horse freely submits to the rider's lightest "aids" or body signals, while remaining balanced and energetic. The object of dressage is the harmonious development of the horse in both mind and body, and every horse, regardless of its type or use, can benefit from this training. Dressage principles are a logical, step-by-step progression from simple to increasingly complex movements. More and more is asked of the horse as it becomes mentally and physically ready to respond to these demands. The graceful movements performed in competition may look effortless, but are the result of years of training. The aids should be virtually imperceptible. A squeeze of the calf, a closing of the fingers, a shifting of the rider's weight in the saddle should be all that is necessary to tell the horse what is required. Dressage requires the horse and rider to combine the strength and agility of gymnastics with the elegance and beauty of ballet. The result is truly the best blend of sport and art. The highlight of a dressage competition is the Musical Freestyle in which the rider creates and choreographs to music an original ride of compulsory figures and movements."

—The United States Dressage Federation

Team Roster

Group photo of the team and their club banner

Dressage Team Roster 2017-18:

  1. Erin Hall
  2. Kate Daly
  3. Cameron Bauserman
  4. Emma Pearson (Point Person)
  5. Sarah McDermott
  6. Jamie Kalajian (Point Person)
  7. Lyndsey Adams (Point Person)
  8. Kayla Irwin
  9. Emily Miller
  10. Amanda Levi
  11. Caroline Hermann (Point Person)
  12. Maddie Woolf
  13. Nikki Silverstein
  14. Olivia Pembroke
  15. Anna Horowitz
  16. Emily Gechtman
  17. Katey Urbin (Captain)
  18. Abby Brown (Captain)
  19. Emily Bono (Captain)
  20. Serena Pedane

 

Contact information

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Coach: Bonnie Timmerman (bonnieftimmerman@icloud.com)
Club Advisor: Jenny Wilkinson (jenny.wilkinson@uvm.edu)
Captains: Katey Urbin, Abby Brown, Emily Bono

Horse eating a yellow Popsicle

Upcoming Events:

UVM Dressage Team - Home Shows October 6th &7th

Spectators are  welcome!