USEF Launches Dressage Talent Search Program

Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has begun a new initiative in 2010. The Dressage Talent Search Program will be held in conjunction with training sessions with USEF Developing Dressage Coach Debbie McDonald. An observation day will take place one day prior to the USEF Developing Rider Training Session.

Applicant riders will present their horses in groups of up to three for 30 minute evaluations. McDonald will select two horse/rider combinations from all pairs observed that day and they then will be invited to participate in the USEF training session on the subsequent two days (with McDonald).
"I am very excited about this Dressage Talent Search Program. This is a great opportunity for riders and their horses that feel they have something special to be recognized," said McDonald. "If they are chosen, this will open up doors to future Developing Clinics and hopefully some direction, to develop them as promising up and coming combinations for the USA!"

The purpose of the Dressage Talent Search Program is to identify combinations that have world-class potential as the US Dressage program builds for the future. This program is an invaluable opportunity for career advancement opportunities for horse/rider combinations and to ensure a strong future for Team USA. Olympians in many sports have been "discovered" in similar sessions - don't miss the chance to ride in front of one of the world's top trainers.

Want to get 'spotted'?

Here's how:

* All riders with horses 4 years to 14 years of age are strongly encouraged to apply.

* Riders must be a minimum of 16 years old.

* Riders interested in being considered must submit an application with a $50 application fee, the application will be available on the USEF website by May 20, 2010.

* Riders may enter as many horses as they wish but must pay a separate application fee for each horse.