GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Michelle Velasco will be inducted into a nationally-known group for senior dressage riders and horses on Friday, Nov. 20. The ages of Michelle and her horse, Copper Chancellor, …
GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Michelle Velasco will be inducted into a nationally-known group for senior dressage riders and horses on Friday, Nov. 20. The ages of Michelle and her horse, Copper Chancellor, qualify them to become members of The Dressage Foundation's Century Club.
The Century Club recognizes dressage riders and horses whose combined ages total 100 years or more. Michelle is 68 and Copper Chancellor is 32. In addition to having ages totaling 100 or more, horse and rider perform a dressage test of any level and are scored by a dressage judge. Michelle’s ride will take place at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville.
The Dressage Foundation provides a Century Club ribbon and wall plaque to each horse and rider team. Local dressage clubs, family and friends help to make the ride into a celebratory event.
The Century Club was formed at The Dressage Foundation in 1996, at the suggestion of noted dressage judge and instructor, Dr. Max Gahwyler. The intent was to encourage older dressage riders to remain active in the sport. Since that time, the Century Club has grown into a meaningful and popular endeavor and has more than 470 members.
Dressage is a word drawn from the French verb for "to train." Dressage is both a method of training horses and a competitive sport and is designed to develop correct movement in the horse. Dressage is an Olympic event and is unique in that men and women of all ages compete against each other.
TDF's Century Club is sponsored by Platinum Performance." At Platinum Performance horse health is a primary mission. Since 1996, the group has been committed to providing high quality equine nutritional supplements that are developed, tested and made with care to ensure results. Visit www.platinumperformance.com/equine for more information.