Member Spotlight: Erin Seelinger...

Jan 19, 2022

This month’s Member Spotlight features amateur rider, Erin Seelinger! Let’s get to know Erin! Tell us a little about yourself. Hi, I’m Erin and I’m 21 years old. I have always wanted to be around horses ever since I was little. I was given my first horse at 8 years old and have had them ever since. I attended Midland Farm summer camps as soon as I was able to and have stayed at Midland Farm/Top Shelf Dressage ever since I was 6 years old. I thought I wanted to ride western, but I followed this girl on Instagram named Lacey Jamieson.  I thought it was so cool that she jumped her horse 3’ with no hands, but when Lacey passed away, I decided to really give English style of riding a go and...

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Eleanor McClain Wins Area V Beginner Novice Champion...

Oct 28, 2021

Congratulations to ADS member Eleanor McClain who is the Beginner Novice Champion for Area V! Eleanor McClain keeps her new horse, the 15-year-old Warmblood mare Abbigael, at her small barn and is solely responsible for her care, a fact that McClain believes has allowed her to know the gray mare in a much deeper way. “It was a difficult transition at first,” McClain said of her relationship with her new mount. “Month after month I worked, desperately trying to connect with her.” The pair has overcome a huge learning curve as they got to know one another, but despite some bumps in the road, McClain left each show with a positive mentality and asked herself, “What did I learn from that, and how can I fix it?” After all of the triumphs and tribulations,...

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Member Spotlight: Addy Batcheller...

Oct 27, 2021

This month’s Member Spotlight features junior rider, Addy Batcheller!  She has worked extremely hard to learn the sport of dressage and shows how hard work can pay off! Let’s get to know Addy! Tell us a little about yourself. Hi! I’m Addy Batcheller. I’ve been doing dressage for a little over 1 1/2 years, but I rode pretty casually for 4 years before that. I have been a member of ADS since 2015! I love every opportunity I get with horses, and I love improving my riding. I can’t wait to start the 2022 season, where I will compete Second Level for the first time. Tell us about your horse(s). I lease a Thoroughbred schoolmaster, Panic! At The Disco “Jase”. I’ve been leasing him for a little over 18 months, and we have improved...

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Alexandra du Celliee Muller Awarded The Dressage Foundation’s 2021 Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award...

Oct 27, 2021

Press Release from The Dressage Foundation.  Congratulations Alex, on a much deserved award! Alexandra du Celliee Muller Awarded The Dressage Foundation’s 2021 Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award Alexandra du Celliee Muller of Little Rock, AR, was presented with The Dressage Foundation’s 13th annual “Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award” at the 2021 Region 9 Championships.  Alex received the $5,000 award for her wonderful and clear teaching skills. Alex grew up as an active participant in the United States Pony Club (USPC) and began teaching dressage and eventing full time in 2013. For the past six years, Alex has been a Member at Large for the Arkansas Dressage Society and she also volunteers for the USPC as a National Examiner. Alex works with a variety of students and enjoys working with non-traditional horse breeds. She puts...

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ADS Members Compete at USDF Region 9 Championships...

Oct 12, 2021

Big congrats to our members who competed at the USDF Region 9 Championships! We are so proud of you! Our JR/YR girls, Addy and Logan, swept GAIG Training Level – how amazing is that! Addy Batcheller GAIG and SWDC JR/YR Training Level Champion 3rd in SWDC JR/YR First Level 5th in GAIG JR/YR First Level Logan Warden GAIG JR/YR Training Level Reserve Champion 7th in USDF Dressage Equitation 14-18 Semi Final Amanda Bailey SWDC Open FEI I-1 Champion 5th Place in GAIG Open I-1, I-1 Freestyle, and SWDC FEI Freestyle Test of Choice Alex du Celliee Muller SWDC Open Third Level Champion GAIG Open Third Level Reserve Champion Aislin Falasco 3rd in SWDC JR/YR Second Level 4th in GAIG JR/YR Second Level Ashley Martin 12th in SWDC and GAIG AA Second Level Anne Tursky...

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Member Spotlight: Anne Tursky

Aug 18, 2021

This month’s Member Spotlight features long time ADS member and supporter, Anne Tursky!  She has been a member of the board for the last year and has made a wonderful contribution to the sport of dressage. Let’s get to know Anne! Tell us a little about yourself. I’ve been “horse crazy” since I was a little girl.  Since I had no access to the real thing, I would pretend that the family dog was a horse.  Fortunately Fred was all too happy to stand patiently while I picked out his hooves (aka paws) and saddle him with a dish towel.  My parents eventually gave in to my dreams and bought me a pony…and I have never looked back. Tell us about your horse(s).  I have 3 horses that I have bred and trained.  Harry...

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