TDF’s 2015 Young Rider International Dream Program

TDF’s 2015 Young Rider International Dream Program

Photo: 2013 International Dream Participants and Chaperons with Carl Hester and Katherine Bateson Chandler

Guess what? TDF’s Young Rider International Dream Program is going to the European Championships at Aachen this year! Are you eligible?

The Dressage Foundation's International Dream Program for Young Riders is ready to go for the thirteenth year! The concept of the program evolved as a result of former Olympian Michael Poulin’s wish to offer an opportunity for gifted Young Riders to enhance their understanding of dressage theory through a European tour. The program is both funded and administered by The Dressage Foundation.

The program is open to USDF Young Riders, riding at Fourth Level or above, who are 16-21 years of age. Also, 22-year-old graduates of the 2014 Advanced Young Rider Program may apply. The tentative dates for the trip have been set for August 10-17, 2015.

Participants selected for this year’s trip will attend the European Championships at Aachen. While there, the participants will record their observations in daily journals and chronicle events with photos and video to share with their home dressage organizations.

A Selection Committee comprised of leading American dressage persons selects four candidates based on their applications including an essay, video, and written recommendations. Committee members want to see riding proficiency, commitment to training in the sport of dressage, and a history of volunteering in the dressage community.

The 2015 applications must be received in the TDF office by Monday, June 1, 2015. Candidates are encouraged to apply early and follow directions carefully.

This program is made possible by donors to The Dressage Foundation (TDF), a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is “To cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage.”

For details and application, visit the International Dream page.