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 - Offers structure and support to host venues that are offering beginner education & opportunities for driving. 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 - The Developing Athlete Program for Combined Driving (DAP) takes on committed athletes in the Preliminary level & above, who are seeking long term international goals for success in Combined Driving. The program will help athletes set training goals 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. The Elite Athlete list will potentially offer support to Athletes who remain continuously competitive at the top international level. This level requires meeting specific qualifying results criteria.
Read each program outline to learn more!