About the Young Rider Program:
The US Saddle Seat Equitation Young Riders Teams were created by US Equestrian with the purpose to develop riders for future Saddle Seat World Cup competitions. During years that the Saddle Seat World Cup competition is not held, members of the Young Riders Teams will be eligible to represent the United States in other international competitions, whether at home or abroad. Each team will be made up of six riders in both the three- and five-gaited sections.
Unlike the selection process for the US Saddle Seat World Cup Team, riders do not have to attend live tryouts to be selected for the US Saddle Seat Equitation Young Rider Teams. Instead, selection will be based on an application and riding video.
The competition format is comparable to the Saddle Seat World Cup consisting of four segments, completed in two phases: rail work where the athletes compete as a group, and then in individual workouts. Each athlete competes on horses supplied by the host competition-a true test of their riding ability.
Apply for the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Team:
We will field a team of twelve (six athletes for both three- and five-gaited sections) to compete at an
Invitational Test Event in New Orleans in May of 2019. It is possible a second team will be selected to
compete at an Invitational Test Event on the west coast in July or October of 2019.
Please read thoroughly through the Selection Procedures document (below) prior to commencing the application process
as there are several requirements and commitments that must be met in order for an Athlete to remain on the
team once chosen.
Following you will find the application information for consideration to be selected for the 2019 US Saddle
Seat Team. Please use the online application which you will find by accessing your MY USEF account through
the following link:
1. Go to https://www.usef.org/_AUAIFrames/Login/Default.aspx and log in using the ID and password
you use to renew your membership
2. Scroll down and click on the icon “Athlete Dashboard”
3. Click on the icon for Online Applications
4. Choose “Saddle Seat” in the drop down box
5. Update the year to 2019 and click search
6. Select either the Three- or Five-Gaited application
7. Answer all application questions, upload your video, and read and sign the required documents.
For more information please contact any of the following National Affiliates staff members:
Lori Nelson, [email protected]
Erin DesNoyers, [email protected]
Cailin Bridges, [email protected]