UNH Summer Horse Show Takes Place June 27-28

By Sharon Keeler
UNH News Bureau
(603) 862-1566

June 13, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire equine program will host its annual summer Dressage Show Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28, 2003.

The competition, which is recognized by the United States Dressage Federation as well as by the national governing body of equestrian sports, USA Equestrian, will feature more than 100 horses and riders in a competition that merges athleticism and art.

Dressage, often described as ballet or figure skating on horseback, is a demonstration of the grace and beauty that is produced by the seamless communication and harmony between horse and rider. The UNH competition will include all levels from novice or entry-level up to the Olympic of "Grand Prix" tests. Musical freestyle will also be performed.

Students in the UNH equine program run the UNH Horse Trials, under the direction of Janet Briggs, assistant professor of animal and nutritional sciences. The opportunity provides them with valuable experience managing competitions, which helps prepare them for future careers in the horse industry.

The UNH Summer Dressage Show competition begins both days at 8 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. It is held at the UNH Light Horse Competition Arena, located on Spinney Lane off Mast Road in Durham. Admission is free, parking plentiful, and refreshments will be available.

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