Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2022 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program has been postponed to January 2023. Applications will be made available May 2022.

Due to being postponed, USDF will be organizing several educational virtual sessions covering topics discussed in the Young Rider Graduate Programs! More information on these sessions will follow.

2023 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program
Date and Location: TBA

The USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program is a two-day educational seminar that focuses on crucial topics that young adults, ages 20-28, need to know to prepare for a professional career in the equine industry. Topics include goal setting, sponsorship, international competition and business subjects such as contracts, insurance and tax practices. These subjects are taught by some of the top professionals in the country to foster strong role models for the future.

The next USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program will be held in 2022. Application for the program is required. For more information about the program, contact the Youth Programs Liaison at youth@usdf.org or 859-971-2277.

Grants Available

With funding provided through the Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund, support for young professionals, The Dressage Foundation is pleased to offer grants of up to $500 each to individual participants to attend the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program. For more information, please visit The Dressage Foundation website!

Congratulations to the recipients of the Captain John H. “Jack” Fritz Young Professional Grant for the 2020 Young Rider Graduate program.

Funding support for the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate program is generously provided by The Dressage Foundation.

Program Stories and Testimonials

USDF Connection has a great article in the May/June 2020 issue covering the 2020 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program.

Previous participants of the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Programs had a lot to say! Read more here.

For more information, please contact youth@usdf.org or call (859) 971-2277.

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