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The Tribute Arena

Caitlin Parker Ben-Dror
November 21, 1985 - November 20, 2004
By Whitney Adams

On November 20, 2004 the life of one of the most dedicated young riders was taken in a car accident. One day shy of 19 Caitlin Parker Ben-Dror was on her way to the barn she grew up in to see her mother for her birthday. Cait was living in Ringoes, NJ working with Dr. Cesar Perra. She grew up living, breathing, eating and sleeping dressage. When she heard music, she'd put together freestyles in her head. She achieved such goals as 2001 CAMDA Rider of The Year, 2002 4th level Young Rider high score of the year, and 2003 BLM 4th level Junior Young Rider Champion. In 2004 she competed in a national championship, Dressage at Devon, on her horse Navarro.

Cait on Oscar


But what she accomplished in the ring was no comparison to what impacts she made outside of competition. She was a teacher, a friend, a student and a daughter. She was the most wonderful person. She taught young children to ride their first horse. She was a friend when you needed her most, on trail rides and around the barn she'd listen to all your problems. She was a wonderful student and a quick learner. No one could pick up a new skill as quickly as she could. Most of all she was a daughter, to Maragret and Michael. But to every other adult who knew her, she was their one "adopted daughter". She brought light into everyone's life around her. Her joy spread into others like wildfire.

She graduated from Susquehannock High School as an accomplished student. She lettered in Choir. She kept herself busy with school and work around the barn, always. Although she had her good times in school, she just couldn't wait to get out and jump start her riding career. Nothing was more important to her than her horses.

Cait was a skilled trainer, but touched people she hardly knew. So many people looked up to her. She had more motivation and self discipline than anyone could dream of having. Her ambition alone could have sent her to the top. None of us will ever forget her. She will mark our hearts forever. Never will she be forgotten.

"Champions do not become so in the ring, they are merely recognized there."

If you'd like to do something to help out everyone in Cait's memory please make any sort of contribution to the memorial scholarship that was set up in Cait's name. It gives other young riders the chance to live out their dreams the way she had always wanted to. Please send contributions to Carl Asmis Memorial Dressage Association (CAMDA), c/o Theresa Cain, 101 Stone Mill Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036.




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