Applications for European Tour for Advanced Young Riders Open

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LINCOLN, Nebraska, Feb. 5–Applications for a funded European tour for advanced Young Riders are open for the 11th year of the Olympic Dream Program of The Dressage Foundation.

The program is open to Young Riders, riding at Fourth Level or above, who are 16-21 years of age, and includes 22-year-old graduates of the 2011 Advanced Young Rider Program.

Tentative dates for the trip have been set for Aug. 12-22.

The current plan is to visit Ingrid Klimke, Jean Bemelmans, Wolfram Wittig, Matthias Rath, Hubertus Schmidt and former U.S. team coach, Klaus Balkenhol, depending on each trainer’s availability. Plans also include attending the CDI in Cappeln, Germany.

A selection committee will choose 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 Friday, April 20. The application and further information is available at: http://www.dressagefoundation.org.