Local Equestrian to Join Elite Club
Martha Hall, an equestrian from Pinehurst, will be inducted into a special group of senior dressage riders and horses at a dressage show in Pinehurst on May 10.
The ages of Hall and her horse, Ozzie, qualify them to become members of The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club.
The Century Club recognizes dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more. Martha is 75 years old and Ozzie is 27.
In addition to having ages totaling 100 or more, horse and rider perform a dressage test of any level at a dressage show, and be scored by a dressage judge.
The Dressage Foundation provides a Century Club ribbon and wall plaque to each horse and rider team. Local dressage clubs, family, and friends help to make the ride into a celebratory event. No dues are required to be a member of the Century Club.
The Century Club was formed at The Dressage Foundation in 1996, at the suggestion of noted dressage judge and instructor, Dr. Max Gahwyler. The intent was to encourage older dressage riders to remain active in the sport. Since that time, the Century Club has grown into a meaningful and popular endeavor.
Hall and Ozzie will be Team No. 102 to be inducted into the Century Club, and only the second team from North Carolina.
Dressage is a word drawn from the French verb for “to train.” Dressage is both a method of training horses and a competitive sport, sometimes described as horse ballet, and is designed to develop correct movement in the horse.
For more information, visit the website www.dressagefoundation.org.
Information for this story came from a news release from the Dressage Foundation.
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