Gladstone, NJ - After a four day battle, the rain finally won at the 2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, and collectively the Ground Jury and the management decided that, in the best interest of the horses, the competition was suspended after the Young Riders rode first thing Sunday morning. Feelings were definitely divided on this decision as riders, owners, vendors, spectators, and those who paid high prices for tables were all affected. Ironically once the decision had been made, and the judges and officials were off to catch earlier flights home, the rain stopped and the sun came out for the fist time in four days.
For the third consecutive year, GumBits will continue their support of the 2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Championships. Visitors to the Festival trade show will be able to get their Gumbits at the Trilogy Saddle Tent which will be a hub of activity during the weekend, starting with a wine and cheese party early Thursday evening. Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Shelley Francis and others will be in line to stock up along with many other participants in the show. "I have a hard time finding the product, so whenever I am somewhere where it is offered, I stock up." said Bateson-Chandler. "I was carefully doling outthe bottom of the bag to my horses in Florida, before I caught up with Mary Phelps who had a supply."
Lexington, KY - For the third consecutive year, GumBits will continue their support of the 2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Championships. GumBits has been a dedicated sponsor of the sport of Dressage, having partnered with the USEF on several occasions including the 2008 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Championship, as well as the 2008 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Championships, which determined the Olympic Dressage team.