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Fort Worth Dressage Club News

The Fort Worth Dressage Club (FWDC)

is a club devoted to dressage and dressage ac- tivities for its members. We work throughout the year to provide educational opportunities and fun activities for our members. FWDC holds monthly meetings at

Szechuan Chinese Restaurant off of Bryant Irving the 4th Monday of every month at 6:30 PM, everyone welcome. Our 2016 membership application is up on

our website at Please join FWDC and learn more about the wonderful sport of dressage! Members receive weekly group e-mail

and bi-monthly newsletters to keep them in- formed of club happenings and dressage ac- tivities in the area. Do you have an event or a personal accomplishment to highlight? Send us a note and we will share it with our mem- bership. Noble Champions in Cedar Hills hosted

FWDC’s annual camp in October. This was a 3 day camp for FWDC members who have volunteered throughout the year. Lurena Bell was our clinician. Lurena has been short listed

twice with the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team on two different horses and long listed five times on three different horses. She competed with the U.S. team at the North American Dressage Championships in Montreal, Canada and competed in three U.S Olympic Festivals where the South team won the Gold and Bronze medals and she won the Individual Sil- ver. Lurena’s mentor and trainer was the great Charles de Kunffy. We were so lucky to have her as our clinician! Members received 2 days of private lessons, then a small group lesson, plus stabling, lunches, lecture and Pizza night. We were also fortunate to have Kristen Currie, Certified Massage Therapist, do a lecture and demonstration on one of our horses. We wish to thank Charles Scott of Noble Champions for donating his facility and The Dressage Foun- dation for approving our grant to be able to put on this camp at a very low cost to members. FWDC will be holding its annual Awards

Banquet and Silent Auction to benefit our Scholarship Program January 16 at Blue Mesa Restaurant in Fort Worth. w

Vanlandingham Reaches a Million NRHA Professional Jason Vanlandingham re-

cently reached what many riders consider the “crowning achievement” in an NRHA competi- tor’s reining career when his NRHA earnings topped the million dollar mark. “It’s a big honor and a tribute to all the people who have supported you and all our clients who have put us on great horses,” shared Vanlandingham while discussing his recent achievement. “We have been blessed by God to be in a business that we love and be suc- cessful at it. It’s a very humbling thing.” Vanlandingham has been at the reining game

a relatively short time. He earned his first compet- itive pay check in 2000 when he guided Happy Moonshadow to a fifth place finish in a limited open class at the NRHA Derby Show. One could consider that $41 paycheck as the seed money that began his trek toward a million dollars. Along the way, Vanlandingham piloted some

outstanding reining horses and won his share of events. Aboard Gallos Stylish Star he was third in the 2005 NRHA Futurity’s Intermediate Open di- vision and in 2008 the pair was Co-champions in the Level 4 Open at the NRHA Derby. Riding

FWDC Adult Camp Participants

demonstrates stretching techniques

Kristin Curry

Whizin Off Sparks, he was 2007 Derby Intermediate Open Champion and A Smokin Whiz carried him to the 2011 NRHA Derby’s Level 3 Open title. There were many more horses as well as trainers that helped earn Vanlandingham’s million. “It’s a great business to be in when the guys you’re compet- ing against are willing to help you out,” stated Vanlanding- ham. In 2013, Vanlandingham

would have what he describes as “the most memorable ride as well as his biggest accomplishment on the back of a horse.” He created quite a stir when he began showing

Vaughn Zimmerman’s Not Ruf At All in the fall futurities to much success. The pair debuted at the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity in Tulsa, winning the Level 4 Open title. Their next stop was Las Vegas where they topped the High Roller Reining Classic Futurity taking the title and prize

money home to Texas. It was on to Oklahoma City and the NRHA Futurity where they once again bested the rest of the competition to claim the ultimate Futurity win, banking $156,750 and earn- ing $8,250 for breeder/nominator Petra Zeitler Connor! They hardly missed a beat, heading for Katy in 2014 and the NRBC where they earned more than $23,000, placing seventh in the Level 4 Open. Back in Okla- homa City the partnership demonstrated that they were the real deal when they claimed the NRHA Derby Level 4 title,

adding another $61,000 to their substantial bank account. Altogether, they’ve earned $328,149. Vanlandingham attributes his success in the

show pen to God. “It’s a humbling business, but it’s awesome to know that we have been blessed by the good Lord to have the success we have and to get us through the tough times,” said Vanland- ingham. “If we didn’t have Him we would have nothing to live for.” w

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