Dressage4Kids provides educational and competitive opportunities for youth riders and the adults who support them. Dressage4Kids Programs include: the TEAM (Training, Education And Mentoring) Program, Scholarships, the Weekend Equestrian Program, the Winter Intensive Training Program and the Youth Dressage Festival.
News & Events
TEAM Program Clinic December 1-2
We are looking forward to our next TEAM Program Clinic December 1-2 at Scarlet Day Farm in Gray, Maine. Thank you to everyone at Scarlet Day Farm, and to Meagan Cadorette for helping organize everything!
TEAM Program Clinic November 24-25
We are looking forward to our next TEAM Program Clinic November 24-25 at DQ Performance Horses in Pilesgrove, New Jersey. Thank you to everyone at DQ Performance Horses, and to Ana DiGironimo for helping organize everything!
Bedford, NY – Dressage4Kids and Anne Baber Wallis are pleased to announce that Emily Gill is the first ever recipient of the new D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship. Anne thanks the many generous donors who have helped make this scholarship a reality.
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Christian Kennedy. As a young rider, Christian was known for his patience, his kindness, his horsemanship, and his joie de vivre. The D4K Christian Kennedy Young Adult Scholarship is awarded to promote, train, and inspire young riders through a special winter training grant. As the recipient of the award, Emily will work under the training leadership of Oded Shimoni at OS Dressage in Wellington, Florida. Kim Van Kampen and Hampton Green Farm are generously offering stabling.
Writes Michele Shaffer, “Emily is a person who motivates, helps others and wants to leave situations better then when she started.”
Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Studies through the University of Findlay, with a minor in Business Management. She has worked with horses at all levels in their training – from green through Grand Prix – and in many disciplines, including dressage, hunter/jumper, breed shows, western, and eventing. Emily believes that riding across the disciplines has helped her understand horses a little better. Emily says, “There is so much to [dressage] other than riding, and I want to always be around these amazing animals and make them proud.”
Emily has achieved her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals and is currently working towards her USDF Gold Medal on her self-trained horse, Coulee Bend Kahlua. She trains primarily with Francesca Nicoletti, but has also worked with Michael Barisone, Lendon Gray, Courtney King-Dye, Scott Hassler, Jeremy Steinberg and George Williams.
Emily has participated in The Dressage Foundation’s International Dream Program and has worked at the Hannover Verband in Verden, Germany, helping prepare their horses for the November auction. In addition to riding, Emily also has her certification in Equine Massage Therapy and Rehab.
When asked about Emily, her trainer, Francesca Nicoletti, writes, “she has the talent and most importantly the integrity that our sport strives for.”
Congratulations to Emily!