10th Annual Olympic Dream Program for Advanced Young Riders Offered by Dressage Foundation

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LINCOLN, Nebraska, Mar. 1–Four advanced Young Riders from the United States will be selected for a European tour in the Young Rider Olympic Dream Program organized by The Dressage Foundation for the 10th year.

The concept evolved as a result of former Olympian Michael Poulin’s offer for gifted Young Riders to enhance their understanding of dressage theory through a European tour, funded and administered by The Dressage Foundation of which Poulin is a national board member.

The 2011 trip is planned so riders wanting to participate in the North American Junior Young Rider Championship can apply. Departure will be immediately after the final selection trial for the championships, and return almost three weeks before the championships–tentatively, June 28-July 8.

The program is open to U.S. Dressage Federation Young Riders at Fourth Level or above who are 16-21 years of age. Also, 22-year-old graduates of the 2010 Advanced Young Rider Program can apply. Participation in the NAJYRC is not required.

The current plan is to visit Ingrid Klimke, Jean Bemelmans, Matthias Alexander Rath, Hubertus Schmidt and former U.S. team coach, Klaus Balkenhol, depending on each trainer’s availability. 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.

A selection committee will select four candidates based on their applications including an essay, DVD and written recommendations. Committee members want to see riding proficiency and commitment to training in dressage.

Applications are due by April 8.

Application and further information are available at www.dressagefoundation.org or contact Jenny Johnson or Beth Baumert.