Capital Dressage Classic
June 1-2, 2024
Opening Date: April 20, 2024
Closing Date: May 22, 2024
JrYR Scholarships Due: April 20, 2024
2023 Lifetime Achievement Awards
Kay has been a driving force behind dressage as a rider, a licensed level R USEF judge, and a level 4 show manager/ level 3 show secretary in North Carolina.
Kay helped establish the NCDCTA in the 1970’s. She still holds the NCDCTA membership number 1. Over the years she held many different positions serving on the NCDCTA Board, a passion that led her to organizing horse shows. Her most notable show is the Mother’s Day horse show at the Pinehurst Harness Track. Through these shows she was able to raise funds for the facility and the riding arenas.
Among her accolades as a show organizer Kay brought along her OTTB Casey to Grand Prix Dressage, which is no easy feat.
In her 80s Kay still organizes six recognized USDF/USEF Dressage Shows a year. We are so fortunate to still have Kay a part of North Carolina Dressage.
The beautiful Wiriana, aka Vera, came into my life at Fellowship Farm in 2017. My dear friend and past assistant trainer, Angela Halloran Smith contacted me regarding needing a retirement place for this lovely mare. Angela and Vera were both living in Bermuda. Angela had been teaching Vera's owner and it was time for her to retire from that life and find a last home, not on the island.
What a blessing for us. We had no idea what a true hero Vera was going to turn out to be! She immediately won our hearts and headed to horse shows with Jr riders gaining them third level scores for bronze medals. Then she took my assistant Katelyn Young Smith to Regional finals at PSG and Int. 1 with a ribbon in the long line up in the Int 1 finals even blowing a canter pirouette!
Vera continued to take many Fellowship Farm students to silver medal scores. I think in total, 6 of our riders have earned scores towards bronze, silver and the start of gold medals on this incredible mare.
In 2021, Vera made the NAYC Jr team with Eliza Kirkpatrick. Vera was 23 years young at this time. The trip to Michigan was no easy task but she rose to the occasion and was even frisky in the show ring. The NAYC and the USDF awarded Vera the "Horse Power Award." The Horse Power Award is given to the horse that stands out from their peers at the Championships. "The award recognizes an outstanding horse, from any of the championship disciplines, who best demonstrates determination, courage, class, heart and the ability to inspire athletes and spectators alike throughout the competition."
Vera has inspired so many of us to be better athletes and to appreciate every stride these incredible horses give us.
Thank you Ms. Vera for blessing us with your stellar attitude and athleticism. We are all truly grateful and better for having you in our lives. Fellowship salutes you on yet another incredible honor under your belt with this well earned Lifetime Achievement Award. GO VERA GIRL!!!
Wiriana born 1998. Sire: Weltmeyer Hanoverian, Bred in Germany, imported to the US in 2002.