*These programs are under development*
U.S. Equestrian is currently building a better pathway to help develop Athletes for Competition. The basic structure will involve three levels, not necessarily determined by discipline divisions.
Emerging Athletes - Drivers who are learning about the sport of combined driving & working towards an interest in competition. Details are yet to be determined for this program. This stage involves basic education of the sport, developing skills and training, learning the competition rules, and creating a training schedule / management plan for the horse(s)/ponies.
Developing Athletes - While a Developing Driver program has already been in existance, we are re-vamping the program & creating a more defined structure for Developing Athletes. The program will help athletes set training goals with the Coach, along with guidelines to meet those goals. Semi-annual evaluations will calculate the athlete's developement in the following areas: Performance & Training, Horse / Equipment management & Performance attitude. Regardless of the division level, these Developing Athletes will be training with an intent to improve their competition results.
Elite Athletes - Elite Athletes are defined by being competitive on the World stage, competing at an International (FEI) level with successful Results. Replacing the previous High Performance Program, the Elite Program will offer specific support to Athletes who remain continuously competitive at the top international level. This level will also require participation in goal-setting and stringent training. Athlete evaluations will follow a similar format, with higher expectations than the Developing Athlete program.
U.S. Equestrian is very excited about the progress that these structured programs will encourage.
Stay tuned as more information becomes available.