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TDF's Young Rider International Dream Program

The 2020 Young Rider International Dream Program will be held June 1-8, 2020, at the CHIO Aachen.

The links for the Young Rider and Chaperone applications are found in the right-hand sidebar (desktop) or by scrolling down (mobile).

About TDF's Young Rider International Dream Program

In 2000, Michael Poulin, Olympian and TDF Board member proposed a new program idea to take four top young American dressage riders to Europe for an introduction to European dressage trainers, riders, facilities and events.

The concept of the program is to allow Young Riders the opportunity to enhance their understanding of dressage theory through this European experience. The Young Riders observe, discuss and absorb the European training system. They watch their peers compete in shows and championships and they visit with top European trainers and riders.

The program is open to Young Riders age 16-21 and 22-year-old riders who participated in Young Riders last year, who are riding at Fourth Level or above. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. A National Selection Committee comprised of leading dressage persons selects the riders from applicants who have filled out an extensive application form, written an essay, and have secured written recommendations - both personal and professional. Selection is based on merit, riding proficiency, a history of volunteering in the dressage community and commitment to training in the sport of dressage.

This program is not for every Young Rider. Those selected must be at a highly advanced level of experience and commitment with their riding. For those who are, this introductory excursion into European dressage means everything, and the riders come home more seriously committed than ever, knowing what they now need to work on to advance and excel in the sport.

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