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The aim of the Markel USEF Dressage Young Horse Emerging Program is to provide strategic guidance and educational opportunities to selected horses in each young horse division of dressage (Four, Five, Six, and Seven-Year-Olds) with the perceived ability to eventually contribute to the Elite Program and achieve Podium scores within three (3) quadrennials. This program is overseen by the USEF Dressage Young Horse Coach, Christine Traurig, with the assistance of the USEF Dressage Coaches. This program is considered a stepping stone to the Dressage Development Program.


Questions?   Contact Laura Roberts, Director, Dressage Performance & Event Support

Forms and Publications

Young Horse Program Member List

Updated December 15, 2021

USEF Dressage Program Pathway

View program requirements for membership to USEF Dressage programs. Updated 12/15/2021.

2022 USEF Dressage Program Pathway Calendar

Information on upcoming Dressage Program opportunities. More dates to be added soon!

Application - Training/Evaluation Sessions for the Young Horse Program

Athletes and owners are strongly encouraged to read the Program Requirements very carefully and note that deadlines will be adhered to with no exceptions. Please do not apply with a horse that is for sale and you may not use the Evaluation Session as a means of advertisement. Additionally, it is important to note there is no guarantee that an athlete/horse combination will receive membership to the Young Horse Program by participating in an Evaluation Session.