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Virginia Dressage Association

Chapter Events and Announcements

Interscholastic Equestrian Association

IEA Dressage Region 3 is Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina

(Posted: 8/9/2021)

IEA Dressage (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) is a riding program Open to riders in grades 4-12. Riders work in teams with coaches to ride random draw, level-appropriate horses in equitation and test competitions. Riders do NOT need to own a horse or tack to participate, provides low-cost clinic opportunities, and national scholarships. IEA Offers opportunities for riders who are learning to trot up to 2nd level +. IEA Competition Season is August 1 - May 1.  For information on open teams in Virginia, contact Lisa Powers at 804-441-5206 or [email protected]

IEA Website

Dressage at the State Fair

at The Meadow, Doswell, VA

29 September 2021


Opening: 15 August 2021

Closing: 15 September 2021

(Posted on:8/9/21)


Dressage at the State Fair is hosted by VADA - North East. 

Entries will open next week and close on September 15. 

To learn more, click on the button below.

VADA North East FaceBook Page

Bit Fitting with Kim Gentry

Bit Fitting with Kim Gentry

9/25/2021 − 9/26/2021

Del Dios Way Equestrian Center

Culpeper, Virginia

Open: 7/13/2021      Close: 9/17/2021

Late entries allowed until 9/24/2021

Kim Gentry is an accomplished international Grand Prix rider and trainer, a USDF L judge, and a bronze, silver, and gold medalist. Her bit-fitting consultation provides a unique opportunity to try a wide variety of bits in a 1-1.5 hours session. She uses exercises that help the rider feel the subtle difference in the bits. She measures the horse's mouth and looks at the shape and overall anatomy of the mouth and watches the horse go under saddle. The goal is to find the bit that makes the horse the most comfortable. She explains the anatomy of the mouth and has wonderful explanations of how the bit should fit to improve your harmony with your horse.  

Proper bit fitting and an optimal bit will allow your horse to become softer in the mouth, swing more in its body, and be happier. She fits the leading brands of bits and brings many samples for you to try. She can order any bit carried by the manufacturers. Please make sure that your check pieces and rein buckles are clean and pliable. Bring a halter to take your horseback to the barn/trailer when the session is completed.

For further information, visit the Strider website.