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ASU Equestrian Team’s Katelyn Young accepted to Young Trainers Symposium PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 03 October 2013 05:59

Greensboro native and Appalachian State University Senior Katelyn Young (’13), the immediate past President of the ASU Equestrian Team has been accepted to participate in the US Dressage Federation’s 2013 Young Horse Trainers Symposium to be held in Chesapeake City, Maryland in November.  Begun in 2004, the Symposium was designed to help identify and develop the future trainers of horses and riders for the US Dressage Team, which competes in the Olympic Games and other national or International competitions.  The Symposium is a coveted opportunity reserved for carefully screened and accomplished riders who are committed to a career of training horses and developing riders in the Dressage discipline.   
The most intricate of equestrian sports, Dressage requires years of training for both horses and riders to prepare for the rigors of international competition.  Long a mainstay of Olympic Equestrian competition, Dressage, often called ballet on horseback, demands an intense partnership between horse and rider gained only after many years of work together.  Subjective in its judging, Dressage competition requires meticulous attention to minute movements with undetectable communications between horse and rider….all of which is evaluated by seasoned officials who have themselves developed through many years of experience, including a rigorous certification process.  Ms Young’s acceptance to this symposium is her first major step toward a lifetime career in the International world of Dressage.  
In April of 2013, Katelyn represented Appalachian State at the National Dressage Finals of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association held in South Hadley, MA.  She scored a 4th place finish on an unfamiliar horse in a field of 100 regional champions from across the country.  By any measure this was an  extraordinary accomplishment for a young rider and a team which only three years ago had no representatives competing at the national level.   
While Katelyn discovered dressage in high school through the Triad Pony Club, she confirmed her passion when she began riding with ASU coach Dana Dewey at the Foothills Equestrian Center in Taylorsville.  When not riding with the team, Katelyn also trains with Tami Batts at Fellowship Farm in Greensboro where her duties include working with young horses and teaching riding.  
“I cannot imagine where I would be today had it not been for the support of Tami and Dana.” she said in response to her acceptance into this elite Young Trainers Symposium.”  My family and my ASU Teammates have been behind me too, along with the Blowing Rock Horseshow Foundation, which provides vital team sponsorship.  All have been responsible for my getting this far.”  She continued.  “They have made it possible for me to follow my dream of developing young horses and riders who will represent my country and be competitive at the international level.  This symposium is the opportunity of a lifetime.  I will never forget the help I’ve had getting here and I will always be grateful.”       
The Appalachian Equestrian Team is one of several educational and charitable organizations supported by the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show Foundation.  Burr Collier, BRHS Foundation Chair commented:  “We could not be more pleased for the success Katelyn has enjoyed this past year.  She is a delightful young woman, an exemplary rider and a stellar representative for Appalachian, our Foundation and all of horse sports.  I would not be at all surprised to see her on the podium at the Olympics one day very soon.”                                       

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