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JESSIE GINSBURG GIFTED FUND GRANT WRITE-UP:

A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS

Dressage is a Journey –
Complete with Detours

BACKSTORY: 

Our protagonist, Jessie Ginsburg, received a generous Gifted Memorial Fund Grant from The Dressage Foundation to train with noted dressage professional Jeremy Steinberg in Aiken, South Carolina.  As noted in their application, the intent of the week is to spend quality bonding time with her beloved KWPN gelding Vodermus, aka Vodie, and work on Grand Prix movements. 

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Jeremy Steinberg: Jeremy is an experienced rider, clinician, and writer whose base of operations is in Aiken, SC.  He began riding dressage as a youth and won the Gold Medal at the NAYRC in 1996.  He has trained numerous horses to Grand Prix, competed in high-performance classes, and served as the USEF Youth Dressage Coach.  He now conducts clinics all over the world.

Lucy Tidd: Lucy is an extremely accomplished amateur rider who owns Locks Edge Farm, a lovely boarding facility in Poolesville, MD.  She is also a practicing small animal vet.  Lucy owns Ellert, a Grand Prix horse whom she bought as a three-year-old; Lola, a massive chestnut mare who has competed through 4th Level; and a couple of younger horses.  Jeremy holds periodic clinics at Locks Edge, and Lucy recently built a farm in Aiken so that she could train with Jeremy over the winter.

Siobhan Byrne:  Siobhan is Jessie’s regular trainer.  Siobhan is a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist whose base of operations is at Locks Edge.  Her current primary competition horse is Hans, a stunning black KWPN gelding whom Siobhan has competed successfully through PSG.  Siobhan does an annual boot camp week of training in the spring; in 2022 she planned to take Hans to train with Jeremy for a week, as they prepare to enter some CDIs this year.

Jessie Ginsburg: Jessie is an amateur rider and “r” dressage judge who works for the federal government in Washington, DC.  She spends all of her disposable income and most of her leisure time on dressage pursuits.  She rode hunters and equitation in her youth, and her dressage journey began in the early 90’s when she transitioned to dressage.  She bought her first dressage horse when she was in her 30’s and worked her way up the levels on a variety of horses.  She now owns Vodie, a 19-year-old KWPN gelding, who she purchased in 2017 as a small tour schoolmaster.  It turned out that Vodie had an aptitude for higher-level movements, particularly piaffe.  So, with much help from Siobhan, Jeremy, and other clinicians, Jessie was able to compete at Intermediare-2 at the end of 2021.  Upon being awarded a TDF Gifted Memorial Fund Grant, she rearranged her work schedule so she could tag along with Siobhan and Hans on their training trip to Aiken.