Mount Holyoke Dressage Team Blog

End of Spring Season Standings - Region B

University of Connecticut - 1st - 26 pts - Qualified for Nationals

Mount Holyoke College - 2nd - 24 pts - Qualified for Nationals with a Wildcard Position

University of Massachusetts - 3rd - 14 pts

University of Vermont - 3rd - 14pts

Chrys Mayor '16 (Lower Training) and Julia Sappey '16 (Intro) both finished 1st in the region as individuals, and will be competing at nationals in their respective divisions. Callie Berg '15 (Intro) finished 2nd and has earned a wildcard position to compete as an individual at Nationals.

Dee Loveless, the Mount Holyoke Dressage Team coach, finish her last year with the team by winning Coach of the Year for Region B!

Good luck in Virginia Mount Holyoke Dressage!

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National Champion Recognition by Mount Holyoke Lacrosse Team

By Libby Corvin '17

The MHC Dressage Team was recognized on April 8th, 2014 at the half time of the Lacrosse game by the college for being awarded the Beukema National Team Championship Trophy. This award is given to the highest placing team in the nation. The team continues to make history here at Mount Holyoke College!

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Hot Chocolate Run - December 8th 2013

By Libby Corvin '17

Dressage Team supports Northampton's 10th Annual Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage on December 8th, 2013.

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Team Introduces New Educational Component

By Meg McGuire '14

This semester, the dressage team has implemented a fun new twist to team meetings: DQx2 or “Dressage Questions for Dressage Queens.” While not strictly limited to discussion questions, DQx2 is a system of facilitated dialogues and activities led by different team members, to engage directly with topics of interest as a dressage rider.

This semester was slightly unusual in that all our shows were packed together, one weekend after the other. While this meant meeting time during show season was eaten up by show-related business, on the flip side, it made for loads of extra time once shows came to a close. For this reason, the bulk of our DQx2 sessions took place in the latter half of our semester. Topics covered by the team thus far include:

  • Riding horseless tests. We set up the arena with cones for center line and various meter-sized circles. Each division (Introductory, Lower Training, Upper Training and First Level) ‘rode’ a test together to get a feel for the correct geometry!
  • How to for the DQ: Polo Wrapping. The team got a little goofy polo wrapping each other’s legs as practice before heading out to the barn to demonstrate their polo wrapping skills.
  • How to for the DQ: Hunter Braids. Most of our horses are also used in our hunter shows, therefore manes are quite short. For this reason, during our shows we usually give them hunter braids. Led by those who know how to braid with yarn, we practiced on our very patient horses.
  • Getting Inside a Judge’s Head: Scoring! This session we each watched and scored videos of Training and First level tests. Our coach Dee (an “R” USEF judge) then walked us through the test again, giving her score justifications and explaining common scoring dilemmas.

Some topics on the horizon for next semester include:

  • Making the Most of Your Warm up: What to do with a tricky IDA draw
  • Photo Critiques of Dressage Icons and Ourselves
  • Helpful Stretches In and Out of the Saddle
  • How to for the DQ: Standing Wraps
  • How to for the DQ: Button Braids
  • Calming Show Jitters

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End of Fall Season Standings - Region B

University of Connecticut - 1st - 24 pts

Mount Holyoke College - 2nd - 20 pts

University of Massachusetts - 3rd - 14 pts

University of Vermont - 3rd - 14pts

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An Update from Mount Holyoke

By Libby Corvin '17

The Fall season is about to come to a close, ending with the Mount Holyoke home show this weekend on November 2nd. The University of Connecticut is in the lead in the IDA with 24 points with Mount Holyoke a few points behind with 17. Mount Holyoke is excited to be hosting this weekend and hopes to pull ahead in points. Much luck to the MHC team! Go Lyons! 

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University of Connecticut - Quote of the Day

"What lead am I on?" - Carey Lang '15, Captain (4th Place Dressage Equitation)

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Mountain Day - October 1st 2013

By Libby Corvin '17

The Dressage Team with President Lynn Pasquerella on Mount Holyoke's annual Mountain Day, celebrating one of the school's oldest traditions. Classes are cancelled, and students and staff enjoy the hike up Mount Holyoke in Skinner Park.

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Team Bonding - Lithia Spring Hike & S'mores

By Libby Corvin '17

First team bonding of the year included a long hike up the Lithia Springs Reservoir. S'mores and great views were enjoyed at the top.

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