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Remembering Vicky Harris (Sept 8, 1951 - Sept 5, 2004)

- by Jennie Hakes

Just the other day I was sorting through some old memorabilia and was brought up short when I saw this photo in the 1969 Minnesota State Fair horse show program. It was Vicky Harris.

Can it already be 10 years ago that the Twin Cities horse community lost Vicky? I remember the last time I saw her. It was the final day of the Trott Brook Horse Trials, and I was gate-keeping the stadium rounds. Vicky was coaching her students, and we chit-chatted as usual at the gate while I ushered riders in. The next morning I got the news that she had died just hours later as the result of an accident with a young horse after she left the show.

I recall well the many horse trials I competed in across the Midwest with the small "Minnesota Contingent" back in the 1990s. Vicky was always there to lend a helping hand, give advice, buck up your courage - even if you were not one of her students. Vicky was a much-loved trainer and instructor, so much so that a CSDEA Scholarship was set up in her name. Anyone who ever met Vicky would never forgot her.

You can still read and post to her Star Tribune newspaper obituary guestbook by clicking here.

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  • Celebrate horses performing dressage and show jumping.  Attend the CSDEA Dressage Festival & Championship - 9/20/2014 this month and the Harvest Horse Show in October!

  • If you're looking for a great weekend of classical dressage training, don't miss your CSDEA sponsored clinic with Paul Belasik!  The three day clinic will be held October 11-13 at the University of Minnesota Leatherdale center.  Plenty of stadium seating in a heated arena with a professional sound system, what more could you want in Minnesota?

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Spanish Mustang is an event horse

Submitted by Jennifer Klitzke

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The Central States Dressage and Eventing Association (a 501c3 tax exempt organization) is a member of the United States Dressage Federation and the United States Eventing Association.