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May 17, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 13 Dressage event held at Crooked Creek Ranch of dressage because she en- joys training horses and she wanted to be the best rider she could be. After moving to the ranch, she immersed her- self in learning everything she could about training, riding, breeding and caring for horses. After some ex- perimentation with various ways of working with hors- es, including moving cattle a few times, she settled on dressage as her discipline of choice. She describes dressage as a "dance with a horse." "The idea is to get the horse to carry more weight on the hindquarters," ex- plained Kennedy. "Normal- ly, the horse carries about 60 percent of its weight on the front. Once you can free up that weight on the front the horse can move in a graceful manner." The horse Aeroplay she rides in dressage events was bred from a mare in her own breeding program. She raised him from a colt and has performed much of his training herself with the ex- ception of his early saddle work. Kennedy grew up in Philadelphia. She went to college in Boston and stayed there after landing a job. Her father enjoyed fox hunting as a hobby. He learned to ride by training polo ponies in New Jersey. Although the family lived in an apartment, Kenne- dy's father always owned his own horse, loved to ride and shared his love of hors- es with his daughter. "We lived in an apart- ment my whole childhood," said Kennedy. "It was in a beautiful area that had woods and fields around it, but it was still an apart- ment." Kennedy enjoyed riding with her father whenever he could borrow a horse for her to ride. "I just couldn't get enough of it," she said. "I al- ways wanted my own pony." After vacationing on a dude ranch in Sheridan with family when she was about 8" years old, she fell in love with horses and Wyoming and already had thoughts of coming back someday. "In 1990, a friend and I took a vacation here and did the dude ranch thing again. I hadn't ridden in about 30 years," said Kennedy, "but we had a great vacation when we were out here vis- BY PATTI CARPENTER Lou Kennedy hosted a dressage competition at her Crooked Creek Ranch locat- ed near Horseshoe Bend on Saturday. Approximately 20 riders participated in 50 English style dressage rides that were performed before a team of judges. In some cases a "reader" called out the routine for the rider in an otherwise hushed envi- ronment. Many of the partici- pants were part of the Heart Mountain Dressage Club from Cody and Powell,. but some traveled from Mon- tana to participate in the tests, which are specific routines designated by the United States Dressage and Equestrian Foundation. The event offered competition at all levels but most partici- pated in the First level. Kennedy took up the sport of dressage about 12 years ago when she was in her early 50s. She moved to Wyoming from Boston after setting aside a successful career as an editor/graphic designer in the book pub- lishing industry, to fulfill her dream of owning and living on a ranch and work- ing with horses. She was attracted to the discipline iting Cody and Jackson, and I told my friend, 'you know when I retire, I'm going to come back and live here be- cause I could just work with horses all of the time.' So, I did, and when I was 50 and had a chance to retire and devote myself to horses, I got my own place and my own horses and that's how I got here." Kennedy lives her dream of working with hors- es on a daily basis at her ranch, which is located in a remote area near Horse- shoe Bend. She built a large indoor arena on her proper- ty so that she could practice dressage year round. She owns several horses. She works with her horse "Aero" about two hours a day and hosts events for the dres- sage club on her property a couple of times a year. 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