Olympic Dream Program for US Advanced Young Riders Offered by Dressage Foundation
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LINCOLN, Nebraska, Apr. 8–Four riders will go to Europe on The Dressage Foundation Young Rider Olympic Dream Program now in its ninth year.
The program evolved from former Olympian Michael Poulin wanting to provide gifted Young Riders an opportunity to enhance their understanding of dressage theory through a European tour. The program is funded and administered by The Dressage Foundation of which Poulin is a national board member.
The 2010 trip is planned around the North American Junior Young Rider Championship–leaving immediately after the final selection trial and returning three weeks before the championship. Tentative dates are June 28-July 8.
The program is open to U.S. Dressage Foundation Advanced Young Riders, Fourth Level or above, aged 16-21 years, and 22-year-old graduates of the 2009 Advanced Young Rider Program. Participation in the NAJYRC is not required.
Chaperone will be Ann Guptill of Connecticut who represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games in 1987.
The current plan is to visit Ingrid Klimke, Jean Bemelmans, Hubertus Schmidt and former American team coach, Klaus Balkenhol. 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.
Selectors will choose four candidates based on their applications including an essay and written recommendations. Riding proficiency and commitment to training will be factors.
Applications are due Apr. 30 and can be made to:
Jenny Johnson Beth Baumert, Administrator
The Dressage Foundation Cloverlea Dressage LLC
Wells Fargo Center, Suite 732 266 Route 87
1248 ‘O’ Street Columbia, CT 06237
Lincoln, NE 68508 Telephone: 860-228-9242
Telephone: 402-434-8585 Fax: 860-228-4242
Fax: 402-436-3053 Email: BethBmrt@aol.com