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Lendon Youth Festival Midwest 2018 Features Janne Rumbough and Robert Dover Sponsorship

Lendon Youth Festival Midwest 2018 Features Janne Rumbough and Robert Dover Sponsorship




Registration is now open for the 2018 LYDF Midwest, bringing top international dressage athletes and personalities to the youth riders of the Midwest and this year a new sponsorship from Robert Dover to the Trainer of the Grand Champion!

This all-youth horse show is open to any rider under 21, and consists of 3 divisions: Written Test, Dressage Test, and Equitation Test. Modeled after the highly successful LYDF held every summer in New York, the Midwest version is a one-day event, preceded by a TEAM (formerly Emerging Dressage Athlete) clinic with Lendon Gray and a Saturday night Exhibitor's Dinner featuring world-class competitors.

Dates are:

Friday and Saturday, June 22-23: TEAM Clinic with Lendon Gray and others.

Saturday night, June 23: Exhibitors Party—Friends and Parents Invited featuring Janne Rumbough, USDF Member of Distinction and the “First Lady” of Wellington Dressage

Sunday, June 24: Lendon Youth Dressage Festival Midwest, 3-Part Competition 

Where: Hampton Green Farm, Fruitport, MI 

The following speakers and commentators will be involved with this year’s event:

Lendon Gray, Founder and President of Dressage4Kids:

Two-time Olympian Lendon Gray believes dressage is for every horse and rider. Generous, outspoken, and pragmatic, Lendon has devoted her energies to the improvement of all riders (not just the privileged ones) and all horses (even the littlest ones).  With the goal that all youths might learn how to become not just better riders, but all-around horsemen, Lendon established Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival (formerly known as the Northeast Junior/Young Rider Championships) in 1999. Lendon will be training and lecturing to the riders throughout the weekend, as well as overseeing all of the Divisions.

Saturday Night: Janne Rumbough

Janne is an Adult Amateur rider who has been a role model to amateurs, professionals, and juniors, in many capacities. She was a founding creator of the Palm Beach Derby 30 years ago, which is the longest standing CDI in Florida and one of the longest running CDIs in the United States, earning her the nickname “Wellington’s First Lady of Dressage”. As a competitor, Janne is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist, as well as a USDF Silver and Gold Freestyle Bar recipient. She was won the Master’s Challenge Award at all levels of competition, and has won ten USDF/Dover Saddlery Adult Amateur Medals. In 2014, she won the Grand Prix Freestyle Amateur Championship at the US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®, with her crowd pleasing Mary Poppins Freestyle. Janne has competed in a just over thirteen-hundred tests spanning twenty horses, at all levels, and over twenty five years of competition. In addition to her riding career, Janne owns several top level horses competed by other dressage professionals, at both national and international levels. Personally, she has competed two PRE horses to international Grand Prix success in the last five years.

Dressage Commentator: Janne Rumbough

Saturday PM Round Table: Lendon Youth Festival All Star Graduates, including Sophia Schults, Ayden Uhlir, and Rosie Simoes

Dressage Judge: Merrilyn Griffin, USEF “r” Dressage Judge

Equitation Judge: Betty Horst

***LYDF Midwest is proud to announce a new Champion Trainer’s Award, sponsored by US National Dressage Team Trainer Robert Dover. Presented to the trainer of the Grand Champion rider of the show, Robert Dover will generously donate FIVE LESSONS at his Wellington location for this award recipient. Robert has a special passion for the Dressage4Kids programs and is happy to invest in the professionals who are preparing young people for future dressage careers. 

 LYDF Midwest Prize List 2018 and Entry Form now available on the Home Page of this website.

TEAM riders must apply through the Dressage4Kids website. Information and application available at

All TEAM Riders MUST enter the LYDF on Sunday, June 24.


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