USDF University Program

The USDF University Program offers accreditation for educational programs and provides recognition for USDF members who strive to continue their education through their participation in accredited educational opportunities. Click here for an overview of the program. For more information, contact the University Liaison at (859) 971-2277 or

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USDF offers University credits for the In-Depth Study courses offered through eTRAK. Log in and visit eTRAK’s Learning Center to see the list of In-Depth Study courses available.

Additional accredited online education opportunities are also offered through the following sources. [PLEASE NOTE: There is a $5/per course fee for the University Credits]:

All programs organized by USDF are USDF University Accredited. Attendees will automatically receive USDF University credits upon confirmation of attendance and USDF Membership. USDF programs include:

  • USDF Jr/YR Clinic Series
  • USDF Youth Outreach Clinics
  • USDF Instructor/Trainer Workshops
  • USDF L Education Program
  • USDF CE Program for Judges and L Graduates (participants only)
  • USDF Sport Horse Seminars
  • USDF Sport Horse Prospect Development Forum
  • USDF Youth/Young Adult Dressage Sport Horse Breeders Seminar
  • USDF National Education Initiative Events
  • USDF Trainers Conference
  • USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program

The following programs held during the USDF Annual Convention are USDF University accredited, and attendees who are current members will receive USDF University credits for attending by submission of their survey after the event.

  • USDF Annual Convention Educational Programs
  • USDF Apprentice Dressage TD Clinic
  • Competition Managers/Secretary Clinic

Additionally, the following USEF Programs will receive USDF University accreditation, and attendees who are current USDF members will receive USDF University credits for attending upon confirmation of attendance by USEF:

  • USEF Judges Forum and Mini-Clinic
  • USEF Technical Delegate Clinics

The following programs are not eligible for USDF University credits:

  • USDF Instructor/Trainer Program: pre-certifications and final exams
  • USDF L Program: D-1, D-2 sessions and final exams
  • GMO Roundtable discussion held during USDF Annual Convention
  • Open Forums held during USDF Annual Convention

USDF provides an accreditation structure for independently organized events, allowing members to earn USDF credit for participating in accredited programs conducted by GMOs, other groups and/or individuals. General overview of the USDF University Program

Please read the Organizer’s Guidelines (PDF) for more information about which programs are eligible and all the requirements for hosting a USDF University approved program.

Apply to host a program.

The USDF National Education Initiative, while USDF University Accredited, has a few differing requirements and application process. Please visit the USDF National Education Initiative page for more information on that program.

Each year, during its annual convention, USDF offers educational sessions for dressage professionals and enthusiasts of all levels. USDF accepts proposals for suggested topics. Topics must be submitted to the USDF office by February 1st on the appropriate form (PDF).

  • At least one instructor must be a USDF Certified Instructor, Honorary Instructor, or USDF Instructor/Trainer Examiner.
  • A minimum of one riding session per day, in the discipline of dressage.

If you are interested in hosting an event please contact to discuss your event and it’s eligibility as the program is developed.

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