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United States Dressage Federation

Resources FAQs

  1. I want to organize a dressage camp. Where do I start?
  2. Does USDF have a list of instructors available to teach camps?
  3. I need funding support. What types of grants are available?
  4. Does USDF ‘sanction’ dressage camps?
  5. Where can I find books and DVD’s on dressage?
  6. Where can I find articles on Dressage?
  7. What types of activities are available for youth?
  8. Do you have any tips for organizing a clinic?
  9. What is a Musical Freestyle? Where can I find information about Musical Freestyle?
  10. What is Pas de Deux? Where can I find information about Pas de Deux?
  11. What is Quadrille? Where can I find information about Quadrille?

I want to organize a dressage camp. Where do I start?

Guidelines are provided to help you get started. The guidelines include sample schedules, suggested topics and many fun ideas for the camp environment. These guidelines can be used for youth and adult camps.

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Does USDF have a list of instructors available to teach camps?

vUSDF encourages the use of USDF Certified Dressage Instructors due to their training. The guidelines also include other resources for instructor and speakers. Feel free to negotiate!

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I need funding support. What types of grants are available?

The Dressage Foundation offers many different grants that may fit your needs. Visit their website to see what they have to offer.

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Does USDF ‘sanction’ dressage camps?

Organizers may choose to have their camp accredited through our University Program. By doing this, eligible attendees could earn University credits.

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Where can I find books and DVD’s on dressage?

The USDF Online Store has many books, DVD and other products on dressage, horse/rider health, musical freestyle, pas de deux, quadrille and other topics. If you are a USDF Member, you may be eligible for a discount.

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Where can I find articles on Dressage?

USDF Members may access USDF Connection online or they may also find individual articles on e-TRAK, USDF ‘s new online learning center.

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What types of activities are available for youth?

USDF offers many different programs for youth including Arts Contest, Shining Star Sportsmanship Program, High School Dressage Clubs Pin Program and FEI JR/YR Clinics.

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Do you have any tips for organizing a clinic?

The Adult Programs Committee put together this chart to help you get started. Determining if you have a sponsor and who is the host are the first places to start.

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What is a Musical Freestyle? Where can I find information about Musical Freestyle?

Musical Freestyle is a series of dressage movements, set to music, and performed by a horse and rider. The Freestyle Committee has developed a list of resources, guidelines and several other resources for learning more about Musical Freestyle.

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What is Pas de Deux? Where can I find information about Pas de Deux?

Pas de Deux combines the elegance and impact of dressage musical freestyle with the added element of two horses and riders performing together. The Freestyle Committee has developed guidelines and a test for those wishing to compete in a Pas de Deux class at a USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized competition.

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What is Quadrille? Where can I find information about Quadrille?

Quadrille is mostly defined as team riding. The Freestyle Committee has developed guidelines and tests for those wishing to compete in a Quadrille at a USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized competition. The USDF Online Store also has resources available about quadrille.