Elite Youth Dressage Training Sessions for USA

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Jeremy Steinberg. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Aug. 31–Elite Youth Dressage Training Sessions to be led by U.S. Equestrian Federation Youth Coach Jeremy Steinberg will be held in the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013.

The sessions will provide an be an opportunity for up and coming youth athletes to hone their riding and horsemanship skills, the USEF said in a statement Friday announcing that the program  has been made possible through a grant from Kristen McDonald and the Marquis George MacDonald Foundation.

The training sessions will be by invitation and include two mounted sessions for each individual as well as group lecture and discussion sessions focusing on media training, long term strategic planning, and horse management.

Dates and locations of the sessions will be based on population surveys from the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships and the USEF Festival of Champions Junior and Young Rider entrants to make them as convenient as possible.

“I’m excited that the Marquis George MacDonald Foundation has given so generously in support of the youth riders in the U.S.,” Jeremy said. “Everyone involved with the youth in this country understands that these riders are the next generation of high performance riders who will be representing the U.S. in international competition in years to come.

“Their training will shape our future medal chances and opportunities like this are invaluable to making that happen. It’s exciting that we will be able to create a system of USEF training sessions for our youth riders that follow in the footsteps of the high performance training sessions.”

For more information contact Hallye Griffin, USEF Director of National Dressage, hgriffin@usef.org.