Lake Erie College to celebrate 41st annual Prix de Villes of North America with Open House and special guest Betsy Steiner
The Lake Erie College equestrian program will celebrate the 41st annual Prix de Villes of North America April 3-5 and April 18-19 with an Open House and dedication for the new Equestrian Learning Center and a special guest appearance by Betsy Steiner.
This event begins and ends with two exciting international equestrian competitions that showcase the disciplines of dressage and show jumping. The Dressage Prix De Villes, slated for April 3-5, features the grace and athleticism of individual and team dressage competitors.
Teams will compete from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 4. Betsy Steiner, an American World Championship team member who has trained with a number of dressage dignitaries, including Christilot Boylen and Egon von Neindorff, will hold a book signing April 4 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Afterwards, a freestyle class will take place, which will include a demonstration by Steiner.
Steiner has many Grand Prix wins at prestigious shows around the country and is a United States Dressage Federation, Inc. (USDF) Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist with numerous Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) wins.
She won the Grand Prix at age 20 and has successfully trained many horses to this level. She represented the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990 aboard her own Dutch Warmblood, Unanimous, and dominated the dressage arena in 2001-2002 with Rainier. The duo was a top contender at the trials for the 2002 World Equestrian Games when Rainier sustained an injury and could no longer compete.
Steiner actively promotes dressage as a member of various international dressage organizations and has authored numerous articles for top equestrian periodicals. Her book, “A Gymnastic Training System using the Mind, Body, Spirit Approach,” has sold more than 16,000 copies in the U.S. and U.K. and is currently being translated into German. She has also developed Equilates™, a Pilates-based sport-specific program for riders.
The Jumper Prix de Villes, to be held April 17-19, attracts top local and out-of state-competitors who will vie for the top prize in individual and team show jumping events. This year’s Jumper Prix de Villes will feature sweepstakes classes April 18 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with a high-performance hunter derby following at 6:00 p.m.
Jumper Prix de Ville team competition will take place Sunday, April 19 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with the parade of teams and carriages starting at noon. An open house and dedication ceremony of the new Lake Erie College Equestrian Learning Center will begin at 1:00 p.m. The weekend’s events will conclude at 5:00 p.m. with the presentation of awards.
The new Equestrian Learning Center includes a renovated exterior facade to create a dominant focal entrance, new lobby, three state-of-the-art classrooms, dedicated space for individualized study and expanded locker room and bathroom space.
The following donors made the construction of the new Equestrian Learning Center possible: The Hershey Foundation; The Murch Foundation; The Reinberger Foundation; The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation and The Triple T Foundation.
As part of tradition, Lake Erie College designates an equine-based beneficiary to receive a portion of the funds raised from the Prix De Villes. This year, Fieldstone Farms Therapeutic Riding Center will be the beneficiary.
All events are free and open to the public and take place at the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center located at 8031 Morley Rd. in Concord Twp. For more information, contact the Lake Erie College Equestrian Center at 440.375.8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.