2004 USDF Advanced Young Rider and Junior Rider Clinic Series Supported by The Dressage Foundation

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce The Dressage Foundation, 2004 Friend of USDF Youth Programs, will be a financial supporter of the 2004 USDF Advanced Young Rider and Junior Rider Clinic Series with Conrad Schumacher. With the support of The Dressage Foundation, USDF has announced six Advanced Young Rider and Junior Rider Clinic dates and locations for spring 2004. Six additional clinics will be scheduled for the fall of 2004 as well.

The dates and locations for the 2004 USDF AYR/Jr Rider Spring Clinic Series are:

April 2-4

Gleneden Dressage

Bedford, NY

April 8-10

Mississippi View Farm

Sauk Rapids, MN

April 12-14

Tempel Farms

Wadsworth, IL

April 19-21

Bear Creek Farm

Woodinville, WA

April 23-25

Autumn Hill International Eq. Ctr.

Longmont, CO

April 30-May 2

Hidden River Ranch

Corona, CA.

The Dressage Foundation's mission is to cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage. "We are glad to be able to provide financial support for these clinics, as these young riders will become the Dressage instructors, competitors and judges of the future," said John Boomer, president and CEO of The Dressage Foundation.

Each clinic is a three-day, intensive learning program including private lessons and theory sessions. When not riding, participants are expected to watch and learn as Mr. Schumacher instructs others and explains his methods. Mr. Schumacher also encourages auditor questions and participation.

Auditors may pre-register with the USDF office for $30 per day, $70 for all three days, or utilize walk-in registration at the clinic for an additional $10 per day. Junior or young riders may pre-register to audit the clinics for $20 per day, $60 for three days, or utilize walk-in registration at the clinic for an additional $5 per day. Auditors need not be USDF members.

All USDF junior/young riders riding at Third Level or above may apply to participate in the clinics. Each clinic will be limited to eight riders, selected based on riding level and awards earned. Participant applications are due in the USDF office by March 15, 2004.

The USDF AYR/Jr Rider Clinic Series is a rare opportunity to provide a consistently high level of international level instruction to dressage's advanced young riders and juniors in the United States. USDF also encourages the coaches and trainers in the United States to audit these clinics so that they may educate themselves on Mr. Schumacher's highly successful method of teaching and training and share this method with their students.

One of the most celebrated junior and young-rider dressage instructors in the world, Mr. Schumacher trained the European Young Rider Championship first-place teams and individual medal winners from 1979-1989. At the 1996 Olympics, he coached Sven and Gonnelien Rothenberger to the Netherlands' silver team medal and Sven to his individual bronze medal. Mr. Schumacher trained young riders for the United States Equestrian Team from 1991-1995 and was the trainer of the British team at the 1998 World Equestrian Games. In all, Mr. Schumacher's students have won more than 40 international medals.

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