Albion College is thrilled to welcome David Marcus and Nicholas Fyffe to the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center for an exciting and educational weekend of dressage instruction. Riders and auditors alike will have the opportunity to learn from these two top professionals who have both proven themselves in the competitive dressage world as successful riders and coaches. Their business, “Marcus Fyffe Dressage,” is based out of Wellington, Florida, and while both David and Nicholas routinely travel the country separately for clinics, this event will be the first time the pair has combined efforts to bring a truly unique co-instructed symposium to Albion College.
About Marcus Fyffe Dressage:
Marcus Fyffe Dressage is owned and operated by Olympian David Marcus and international Grand Prix competitor Nicholas Fyffe. From bringing along young horses to developing world-class Grand Prix horses, David and Nicholas consistently produce winning dressage athletes at all levels. The combined experience of these professionals creates a powerhouse team that offers proven training programs customized to the needs of each client and horse. They have coached multiple students to podium finishes at the North American Youth Championships, as well as many national show and CDI wins.
About Nicholas Fyffe:
Nicholas Fyffe, an Australian citizen, offers a depth of experience to his clients from starting young horses to training for international competition. He began his riding career as an international three-day eventer. After choosing to focus solely on dressage, he trained intensively in Germany under top international riders, gaining a wealth of information that guides his approach today. Nicholas contributed to the Australian team’s gold medal in the 2007 Tri-Nations Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, and he has ridden on five Nations Cup Teams in Wellington, Florida. In 2018, Nicholas helped Australia make history by clinching their first medal finish in the CDIO3* Nations Cup in Wellington and he also claimed an individual bronze medal in the Intermediate I Freestyle.
Nicholas has qualified multiple horses for the World Young Horse Championships and has shown six horses to Grand Prix. Among his training success stories is Fiero HGF, the PRE stallion whom he has developed from an unstarted 3-year-old to winning the Adequan/USDF United States P.R.E. All Breeds Award at Grand Prix in 2016. Fyffe is currently listed on the Australian National Dressage Future Squad.
About David Marcus:
Olympian David Marcus is among North America’s top dressage athletes. A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Marcus competed for the U.S. during his highly successful Young Rider career before taking up the Canadian flag for several senior international teams. He represented Canada at both the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, on Chrevi’s Capital. In 2013, the pair won the North American League for the World Cup qualification. Wins at prestigious events including Dressage at Devon and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with Chrevi’s Capital and Don Kontes have cemented David’s reputation as a top-notch competitor.
David won the 2016 Adequan/USDF Intermediate II Dressage Horse of the Year Award aboard Binjora. David was also selected as the guest rider and judge for the KWPN Championships’ prestigious 2017 Pavo Cup in Ermelo, Netherlands. During the 2018 AGDF, David debuted his new upper-level mount, Dean Martin, in the national Grand Prix. The pair took first place in each class they entered, remaining undefeated throughout the entire winter season.
Eight riders per day will receive instruction from both David and Nicholas as they simultaneously demonstrate principles and theory to auditors. Riding and auditing will take place in the Randi C. Heathman indoor arena highlighted by a 125’ x 410’ riding space and quality PA system. Seating for pre- registered auditors will be provided. Join everyone for a Saturday evening reception in downtown Albion to meet David and Nicholas and mingle with other attendees.
Riders and horses of all abilities and experience levels are encouraged to apply. Application is open to all rider divisions (professional, adult amateur, junior/young rider). Riders must apply and pay $150 deposit by September 27 in order to reserve their spot. Riders have the option of riding one or both days of the symposium.
Total fee: $400 per ride
Rider fee includes the following: Stabling in 12’ x12’ permanent stall with rubber mats and automatic water, bedding, daily stall cleaning, feeding (you provide hay/feed), auditing, lunch, and Saturday evening reception for rider and one groom.
Auditors are encouraged to register by October 19 to receive the early pricing option.
Auditor fee (until October 19): $30 per day
Auditor fee (after October 19): $40 per day
Box lunch option: $10 per day (not available if registering after October 19)
There is a $5 discount per day for minors and college students (college students must show school ID). Seating is provided for pre-registered auditors, but walk-in registrations should plan to bring their own chair. Dress for weather as the indoor arena is enclosed but not heated. Box lunches may be ordered if registering by October 19. Coffee, tea and water will be provided at no cost. You are welcome to bring your own food or go off-site for lunch.
Click here to register as an auditor.
Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities:
Event sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact event coordinator Carolyn Killewald at 517/629-0838 or email for details. Sponsors will be given program ad space and an option for vendor set-up and/or banner placement in the arena.
Advertisements in the event program are also available. Contact event coordinator listed above for specs and to arrange payment for advertisements. All artwork and payment must be received by October 22 to be included in the program. Color printing is an option.
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Albion, MI 49224
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517 E. Michigan Ave.
Albion, MI 49224
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Maps and Directions.
The Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center is located at:
11039 29-Mile Road South
Albion, Mi 49224
(Please note that some mapping websites will not direct you to the correct section of 29 Mile Road. You may need to specify 29 Mile Road SOUTH.)
Albion College Equestrian
611 E. Porter Street
Albion, MI 49224