4-H'ers attend dressage clinics

May 23, 2006


What is that?

Sixteen 4-H equestrians have been working with volunteer Den Burdette, a National Prix St. George level dressage competitor, to find out.

In a series of clinics sponsored by the Washington County Horse Council, Burdette taught the youngsters what judges are looking for.

The youths also sharpened their horsemanship skills.

And, they had a lot of fun.

"When do I get my turn again?" asked 8-year-old Nathan Johnson as he waited for his group to be called.

Rider Lily Sutton said Burdette was very helpful. "He taught us to keep our hands steady and sit up straight and that helps us to be better riders."


The youths will be competing in a range of classifications - Mounted Western or English, beginner or more advanced - at the Second Annual Western Maryland 4-H Dressage Show.

4-H horse programs are open to youths between the ages of 8 and 18.

Also welcome are adults who are horsepersons and willing to help.

Contact the Extension office in Washington County at 301-791-1404 for more information.

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