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Dropstone Riding Academy Logo by equiinfinite
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✦ W E L C O M E:


HERE AT DROPSTONE RIDING ACADEMY WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON EQUESTRIAN AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE. Our goal? To teach and train the next generation of top level equestrians. Based on 450 acres in southern Alberta, Canada, the Academy is set amidst the foothills with the majestic rocky mountains just in view on the horizon. Dropstone offers a peaceful environment for both students and horses with its endless green paddocks, miles of trails, and surrounding trees. Founded in 1931 by English instructor George Caldwell, Dropstone quickly became the standard when it came to training young riders.


✦ O U R  F A C I L I T I E S:


Since its opening, Dropstone has grown from a small operation with a five-stall barn and two-classroom school house to a massive estate 
WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENITIES:
  • LARGE DORM HALL
  • FOUR ACADEMIC CLASSROOMS
  • BALLROOM
  • MEDIA CENTRE
  • STUDENT COMMON ROOM
  • ON-CAMPUS SHOPPING CENTRE
  • CAFETERIA
  • LIBRARY
  • STAFF OFFICES
  • STAFF RESIDENCES
  • COMPUTER LAB
THE EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES INCLUDE:
  • THIRTY-STALL SHOW BARN WITH WASH STALLS, LARGE TACK ROOM, HAYLOFT, AND FEED ROOM
  • TWO OUTDOOR ARENAS
  • TWO OUTDOOR DRESSAGE ARENAS
  • COVERED ROUND PEN
  • HOT WALKER
  • INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP ARENA WITH SKYBOX AND STADIUM SEATING FOR 250
  • FULL CROSS COUNTRY COURSE
  • CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING COURSE
  • EVENT BARNS FOR STABLING UP TO 90 GUEST HORSES
  • SHOW OFFICE
  • THIRTY-STALL FANTASY BREED BARN WITH WASH STALLS, TACK ROOM, AND FEED ROOM
  • JOUSTING LIST
  • ACRES OF PASTURES, PLUS INDIVIDUAL PADDOCKS


✦ O U R  S T A F F:


Focusing on Three-Day Eventing, Dropstone is home to many top professional equestrians that coach our students to ensure success in all levels of showing.

OWNER: RALPH CALDWELL
ACADEMY HEADMISTRESS/DRESSAGE INSTRUCTOR: THERESE MATTHEWS
STABLE MANAGER/HEAD TRAINER/CROSS COUNTRY INSTRUCTOR: WILLIAM REDDING
DORM MANAGER/SHOW JUMPING INSTRUCTOR: SANDY VERTUE
GROUNDS MANAGER/TRAINER: FRANCIS PENN
STABLEHANDS/HANDLERS/GROOMS: JAMES FOLETT | CHESTER DANFIELD
FANTASY HORSE HANDLERS/TRAINERS: BECK LARKSON | LEITH ALDERSON | ALIENNA GAELENTHAR | CASTELL DIARMUID


✦ O U R  S T U D E N T S:


Students were selected from a vast range of candidates from around the world and only the top thirteen made it into the program. This strict selection process guarantees that those who go through the program are hard-working, determined, and passionate; essential traits for any high-level competitor. Students learn and compete in all three phases of eventing, but they have the option to major in the discipline of their choice.

SHOW JUMPING MAJORS:

DRESSAGE MAJORS:
CROSS COUNTRY MAJORS:
Riders are dividing into A- and B-Level teams dependent on their riding skills in all three phases of eventing during the tryouts halfway through their first year in the program. Every year, students must tryout for a spot on either riding team (meaning, if a student is not selected for the A-Level team one year, they can tryout again the following year). A-Level riders are eligible to compete on the Elite-Level team for certain events if their skill is deemed high enough. The Elite-Level team is comprised of the Academy staff and they can compete internationally at large events (i.e. Olympics), whereas the A and B-Level teams are restricted to local, national, or North American run shows (i.e. small, usually one-image shows).


✦ O U R  B R E E D I N G  P R O G R A M:


Dropstone runs a breeding program alongside its prestigious riding academy that ensure top-of-the-line young stock is always coming up to become future show ring stars. Dropstone focuses its breeding on Vinstra Warmbloods, Chameleonequines, Friesians (most notably Coloured Friesians), as well as a mix of other Warmblood breeds (including Holsteiners, Hanoverians, Dutch Warmbloods, and Oldenburgs). 
Dante: Page Ponies by Tattered-DreamsBrynja: Page Ponies by Tattered-DreamsFinn: Page Ponies by Tattered-Dreams

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