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Applications Available for TDF's 2018 Young Rider International Dream Program

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

The Dressage Foundation's International Dream Program for Young Riders is ready to go for the fourteenth 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 administered by The Dressage Foundation and funded by generous donors.

The program is open to USDF Young Riders, riding at Fourth Level or above, who are 16-21 years of age. Also, 22-year-olds who competed at Fourth Level or above in 2017 may apply. The tentative dates for the trip have been set for July 16-23, 2018.

Participants and chaperons selected for this year’s trip will attend the CHIO 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.

Two adult chaperons will be selected to accompany the Young Riders. Applicants should have academic expertise and experience as a dressage trainer and/or judge, along with other qualifications listed on the application form.

The application and further information on this extraordinary program is available on the TDF website: The 2018 applications must be received in the TDF office by Friday, March 30, 2018. 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 in the United States.”

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