Riders, ages 12-14, on ponies competing in FEI pony classes are invited to participate in the USDF Jr/YR Clinics. These clinics provide a necessary stepping stone in the youth pipeline by including a ‘talent search’ element. Riders will be coached by well-known and highly respected instructors.
The Pony Rider Dressage National Championship is open to Pony riders ages 12-16. Qualifying will take place at designated USEF/NAJYRC Qualifying Competitions. The qualifying competitions, as well as the National Championship, utilize FEI dressage tests which can be found here.
This class is designed to promote and reward correct seat, position and use of aids in dressage. Riders who qualify can attend the USDF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals and the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals for riders 18 and under.
Ponies are eligible for these awards which can be earned over a lifetime. These certificates begin at Training Level and go all the way through Grand Prix. Check to see if your pony might be eligible for a Horse Performance Certificate.
Is your pony registered with a breed association? Many pony breed associations are participating organizations in our All-Breeds Awards program. Check to see if you might be eligible to compete in this awards program.