Attention Youth Riders – Mark your Calendars!
The USDF Region 6 Junior/Young Rider Clinic, featuring George Williams, will be held April 6-7, 2019, at Miari Stables in Olympia, WA. The rider deadline is February 22, and auditor preregistration ends March 22. Auditors are encouraged and, from my experience, will find much of interest.
There are many programs to get plugged into from the national level down to the local level. USEF, USDF provide national programs while the GMO’s provide the local level. Joining your local GMO helps get you plugged into what is happening in your state.
* Youth Camp –The USDF Region 6 Youth Dressage Overnight Camp hosted by ODS and held at DevonWood Equestrian Center is a wonderful educational experience, dedicated to youth regardless of membership or experience in Dressage. The ODS Youth Programs Committee is the standing committee in charge of this Camp. This Camp is not held every year - please check the USDF Region 6 Group Facebook Page or the Oregon Dressage Society website for updates.
*The NAYC –This program is specifically designed for youth who are riding 4th and/or PSG competitively. (NAJYRC) is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians come from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. More about NAYC
*The USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program is a two-day educational seminar that focuses on crucial topics that young adults, ages 20-28, need to know to prepare for a professional career in the equine industry. Topics include goal setting, sponsorship, international competition and business subjects such as contracts, insurance, and tax practices. These subjects are taught by some of the top professionals in the country to foster strong role models for the future.
For more information about the program Click to go to the USDF Young Rider Website Page
*The USEF/USDF Dressage Seat Medal Program-USDF celebrates excellence in equitation and strives to develop a solid foundation for future success in the international dressage arena. Youth wishing to qualify for the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals must compete in the USDF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals held at the Great American/USDF Regional Championships. To qualify, a competitor may earn a qualifying score of 70% or above in any open Dressage Seat Equitation class or by qualifying for the Great American/USDF Regional Championships. Riders placing in the top two in the Semi-Finals are automatically invited to the Finals. For More Information Click for the USEF Medal Seat Program Page
*Platinum Performance/USDF Jr/YR clinic series – USDF is designed to develop educational opportunities for riders ages 14-21 and to provide a necessary stepping stone in the youth pipeline by including a ‘talent search’ element. Riders will be coached by well-known and highly respected instructors including Jeremy Steinberg, George Williams, Jan Ebeling, and Sue Blinks. Participation in these clinics offers juniors and young riders the opportunity to learn from top U.S. riders. The clinics are open to eight riding participants and auditors of all ages; a theory session each day will be offered to all attendees.
*USDF Youth Outreach Clinics - The Youth Outreach Clinics are a new educational opportunity for our "grassroots" youth riders, and are held in conjunction with the USDF Jr/YR Clinic Series. The goal of these clinics is to introduce those USDF youth members who are dedicated dressage riders to the USDF "youth pipeline" and the opportunities it offers.
Each of these clinics will be held over two days and will include a variety of instruction. On the first day, the participants in the Youth Outreach Clinic will observe the Jr/YR Clinic riding sessions, sitting together as a group as their clinician leads the discussion for each session. They will also join the riders of the Jr/YR Clinic during Saturday lunch and on Saturday evening, where they can participate in the lecture and interactive discussion with the clinician of the Jr/YR Clinic. On the second day, each Youth Outreach Clinic participant will ride in a 45-minute session with their clinician. Interested riders must submit an online application; 8-10 riders will be selected to participate. Riders must be 10-21 years of age and must be able to complete a Training Level test.
*Training, Education And Mentoring - Dressage4kids, Inc. is very proud to offer the TEAM Program for dedicated, determined young dressage riders of all levels, ages 25 and under. The goal of the program is to find, to help to educate, and to be part of the development of talented youth to become the international riders, teachers, and trainers of the future. Please see the Dressage4Kids website for more information and current offerings.