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UNH DRESSAGE HORSE SHOW JUNE 25-26

Contact: Sharon Keeler
603-862-1566
UNH Media Relations

June 17, 2004



DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire Dressage Show takes place Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26, 2004 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event, recognized by the national governing body of equestrian sport, features 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 grace and beauty that is produced by the seamless communication and harmony between horse and rider. Achieving excellence requires years of dedication from horse and rider. As a result, dressage is a life-long sport, and competitors include riders of all ages, from children to seniors.

Horses of all breeds will be present at the UNH event, which will include levels of competition, from the novice, or entry-level of the sport, through the Olympic, or "Grand Prix" tests. Musical freestyles will also be performed.

The event takes place at the UNH Light Horse Center on Mast Road. The public is invited and admission is free.