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 application and further information on this extraordinary program is available on the TDF website: www.dressagefoundation.org. 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 questions, please contact:
Jenny Johnson, Executive Director
The Dressage Foundation
Beth Baumert, Administrator
Cloverlea Dressage LLC
Eliza Sydnor Romm, Administrator
Eliza Sydnor Dressage LLC