Four Advanced Young Riders Head for Europe in July

The Advanced Young Rider European Training/Education Program is ready to go for the fourth year. In May, four Advanced Young Riders will be selected to travel to Europe this summer to study dressage training and theory.

This special program evolved as a result of Olympian Michael Poulin's goal to offer an opportunity for gifted American Young Riders to enhance their understanding of Dressage theory by studying the techniques of top European trainers and watching the world's best riders train and compete. The program is both funded and administered by The Dressage Foundation of which Poulin is a National Board Member.

The program is open to USDF Advanced Young Riders -- riders 16-21 years of age and riding Fourth Level or above. In addition, 22-year-old graduates of the 2003 Advanced Young Rider Program may also apply. Participation in the North American Young Rider Championship is not required. All eligible applicants have been sent information and applications.

A Selection Committee comprised of leading American Dressage persons will select the four Young Riders from the extensive applications, essays and written recommendations submitted. Selection is based solely on merit, riding proficiency and commitment to training in the sport of Dressage.

The four successful 2004 candidates will be in Europe from July 15 until July 26. Their journey will begin at the famous Aachen Horse Show in Aachen , Germany . Following the show, young riders may visit the stables of Klaus Balkenhol, Lisa Wilcox, Henk van Bergen and/or Ingrid Klimke, depending upon the availability of these European trainers. The final days of the journey will be spent at the European Young Rider Dressage Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

While traveling, the young riders will record their observations in daily journals and chronicle the events with photos and video to share with their home dressage organizations. Their journals are also published by The Dressage Foundation and posted on the website.

Adult chaperones for the 2004 trip will be Cindy Sydnor and Beth Baumert. Cindy has been an Examiner for the USDF Instructor Certification program since its inception. She has an extraordinary theoretical background as well as talent in the saddle. She is based at her family's dressage training facility in Snow Camp, NC. Beth is a USDF Certified Fourth Level Instructor and is the technical editor for Dressage Today magazine. She works with her daughter, Jennifer Baumert from their family's dressage training facility, Cloverlea Farm, in Columbia , CT.

This program is made possible by donations to The Dressage Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of Dressage. For more information contact The Dressage Foundation at 130 North Tenth, Lincoln , NE 68508 ; phone: 402/434-8585; or email to Visit the website at

Related Links
2003 Journals of the Young Riders in Europe
The Dressage Foundation's Gifted Fund Helps Dressage Training Dreams Come True
The Dressage Foundation Announces the Michael Poulin Dressage Fund