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All-star lineup at Super Ride VII: The 2009 United States Equestrian Drill Championship

The National Championship of mounted drill team and color guard competition will be held June 25th, 26th, and 27th at the Texas Rose Horse Park located just minutes from Lindale, TX.

Super Ride VII: The 2009 United States Equestrian Drill Championship (USEDC) will be blessed by world class musical performances by local favorites Finding Shade and by internationally known blues artists Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager.

The City of Lindale is the host community and title sponsor of the 2009 championship. Area restaurants, hotels and specialty shops are a short drive from the competition venue. To better serve spectators and competitors, several local merchants offer delivery to the horse park.

The USEDC competition will begin each day at 7:00 a.m. and run throughout the day.

Thursday, June 25thwill present mounted color guard units, quad teams and several mid-level drill team divisions.

Friday, June 26thwill showcase novice drill team divisions, rodeo teams and gaited horse competitions during the day, with the Second USEDC Ride of Champions highlighting the evening performance.

The USEDC Ride of Champions is open to USEDC Open Division National Champions, Reserve Champions and Second Runners-up from previous Super Ride competitions.

Saturday, June 27thwill feature the flash and creativity of mounted theme divisions and culminate with competition for the USEDC National Open Division Drill Championship.

A very special musical showcase featuring Messrs. Salgado and Hager has been confirmed for 3:00 p.m. Saturday (June 27th).

A native of the Pacific Northwest, vocalist and harmonica virtuoso Curtis Salgado is a seasoned performer whose credits include work with numerous luminaries including: Robert Cray, Muddy Waters, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Albert Collins, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, The Stilettos and Roomful Of Blues.

A friend of the late actor, John Belushi (1949 – 1982), Mr. Salgado is credited as being an inspiration for the immensely popular comedy act, band and motion picture “The Blues Brothers” which cast Mr. Belushi and the multi-talented Dan Aykroyd as the unforgettable Jake and Elwood Blues.

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, guitarist Alan Hager attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (where he studied with the legendary jazz guitarist Pat Metheny) and later the prestigious New England Conservatory. Graduating with a bachelor of music degree, Hager began a teaching career that continues today.

While living on the East Coast, he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Opera Company and numerous chamber music ensembles.

Returning to Oregon in 1988, Hager reunited with longtime friend Terry Robb, a blues artist, composer and producer – who has also collaborated with Curtis Salgado. For over twenty years Hager has performed with Robb and with blues harmonica player Bill Rhoades.

The well regarded county/rock band Finding Shade will perform at the Super Ride for the fourth time.

The documentary film “The Spirit of Aachen” will be shown on Friday evening, June 26th at approximately 8:00 p.m. - immediately following the USEDC Ride of Champions competition – in the VIP area (above the main arena) at the Texas Rose Horse Park. Shot on location at the world famous CHIO Aachen: World Equestrian Festival in Germany, this compelling program presents an unbiased “behind-the-scenes” look at the premier event of equestrian sport.

Prior to the Saturday evening awards ceremony, the United States Equestrian Drill Association (USEDA) All Star Team will perform. The forty (40) member team is comprised of top juniors and young riders from USEDA member organizations throughout the country.

Competition throughout Super Ride VII is expected to be first rate, as many top teams return to the competition and several newly qualified teams make their first appearance on the national stage. The Canadian Valley Rangerettes, the two time National Open Drill Division Champions will seek to repeat, as well as to retain the SportsQuest Cup – awarded annually to the winning team in the USEDC Ride of Champions.


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