PVDA Ride for Life

2013 Activities

In addition to the competition, the PVDA Ride for Life also has activities available for both adults and children. These activities will take place on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. We will have a fantastic educational opportunity on both Friday and Saturday with two of our special guests as well as Children’s Activities from 11am to 4pm on Saturday.

Educational Opportunity of a Lifetime!

Catherine Haddad-resized
The PVDA and Ride for Life announce a fantastic educational opportunity in conjunction with the Benefit Horse Show! We are please to offer the following sessions with both International Superstar Catherine Haddad-Staller and USDF President, Grand Marshal and International competitor George Williams.

Have you ever been to a Master Class? This Master Class is 2.5 hours detailing the training system developed by International Grand Prix Trainer, Catherine Haddad Staller, with demo rides geared toward learning for the audience. Catherine is engaging and a fabulous communicator. It’s not to be missed!

Friday June 21st
2:00-4:30PM In Show Place Arena
Master Class “The Language of the Horse, Becoming Fluent” with Catherine Haddad
* followed by DHC rehearsal

Saturday June 22nd
11:00AM In Skybox #1
Touring European CDIs with Catherine Haddad

George Williams Red Blanket

1:00PM In Skybox #1
The Future of Dressage: Young Riders, Young Horses, and the Adult Amateur with R4L 2013 Grand Marshall and USDF President George Williams

2:00PM On Concourse
Autograph Signing with George Williams and Catherine Haddad

Catherine Haddad Website
George Williams Article

Registration and Information

Contact Jaclyn Sicoli for more information and to register. Tickets are all inclusive for these educational components of the R4L. All competitors of the R4L and all volunteers at the R4L must register but can participate for FREE. Please indicate which sessions you wish to attend.

Register with a group (pay in advance): 5 adults and get the 6th adult FREE.

Registration Cost:
$50 Non-Member Adult
$40 PVDA Member Adult
$25 4-H or Pony Club Member

Registration is easy:
Jaclyn’s Email: pomdressage@gmail.com
Checks Payable: PVDA
Mail Checks: 910 N. Market St, Frederick, Md 21701
Call Jaclyn with questions: 609-651-6526

Children’s Activities

Stick Horse
From 11am until 4pm on Saturday, June 22, bring your children out for fun horse themed activities! Then go watch the dressage show and stay until the evening Dancing Horse Challenge performance. A perfect fun-filled day for the family!

  • Pony Rides – 12pm to 4pm (by Days End Farm Horse Rescue)
  • Face Painting
  • Horse Arts/Crafts
  • T-Shirt Painting
  • Horse Shoe Painting
  • Horse General Education


The PVDA Ride for Life Committee would like to thank Terri Minford for organizing these activities this year. In 2012, we had a large number of participants and very exciting stick horse races at the end of the day! We look forward to having more children experience these fun crafts while learning about horses before watching the Dancing Horse Challenge.

Days End Farm Horse Rescue


This year, the pony rides will be donated by Days End Farm Horse Rescue. This wonderful rescue is based in Lisbon, MD and has a long history in Maryland supporting horses in need. We are thrilled they are supporting the PVDA Ride for Life this year and feel their involvement will be beneficial to both parties.

About Days End

Since its founding, Days End Farm has gone from a small non-profit sheltering a few horses annually to a full-scale, well respected national rescue and rehabilitation facility housing 50 to 70 horses at any given time. All horses come through animal control and/or humane agencies from across Maryland and surrounding counties. Some are given up voluntarily and turned over to Days End immediately; others are turned over only after their neglect and/or abuse case has been decided in court, which can take up to a year.

On the day of an impoundment, Days End staff and volunteers help transport the horses to safe facilities where they can receive needed care. Horses coming to Days End Farm enter the Critical Care Unit and Extended Care Program. Their conditions range from starvation/malnutrition, hoof deformity and parasitic infestation, to skin funguses, untended wounds and crippling ailments.

After their rehabilitation, which can take many months—and after their court cases where necessary—the horses are evaluated and trained to increase their adoptability. They may need ground training (haltering, leading, tying, etc.) and work under saddle.

Once they are assessed/trained, staff and volunteers work to find them permanent homes. Of the 1810+ horses Days End has rescued, 94% have been adopted out.

For more information about Days End Farm Horse Rescue visit their website at www.defhr.org