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The University of Vermont Dressage Team

UVM CatamountAbout the UVM Dressage Team

The University of Vermont Dressage Team has a lot to offer riders of all disciplines and experience levels. Our current team consists of individuals from a range of different backgrounds, but the study of classical dressage provides the perfect common ground. Just because you don't have dressage experience doesn't mean that you shouldn't exclude the team and all that it has to offer!

The UVM Dressage Team consists of 21 members. In the fall semester, try-outs are held to fill any open spots. We invite all athletes to try-out The selection process is competitive, but not impossible as we have various experience levels to fill.

The UVM Dressage team is based out of the UVM Horse Barn Co-op, conveniently located about five minutes from campus. To learn more about the UVM Horse Barn Co-op, follow this link: Members of the team are required to take two forty-five minute lessons a week, during the fall semester, and one forty-five minute lesson, plus one "free ride," during the spring semester. The lesson package also includes two clinic lessons, per semester, with Eric Horgan, Olympic level eventer. Learn more about Eric here: We believe in a hands-on approach to horse care, thus team members are also expected to complete one to two hours of barn work a week directly related to the personal care of team horses.

For the past ten years, the team has grown and flourished under the watchful eye of our coach Bonnie Timmerman. In 2012 Bonnie was awarded Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Coach of the Year, due to her thoughtful and precise approach. She currently competes at Third Level with her lovely gelding Vivaldi. To learn more about Bonnie, please visit:

To put our skills to practice, the UVM Dressage Team takes part in intercollegiate dressage competitions, sponsored by the IDA. Generally, we are able to take eight members to each show, who compete from Introductory to First Level. Riders are mounted on a horse, drawn at random from within their level, given 10 minutes to warm up, and then expected to perform their test. Each semester there are approximately four horse shows sponsored by university teams within our region, as well as IDA Nationals, held in mid-April. We currently compete in the A region of the IDA. You can learn more about the IDA at:

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