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US Equestrian Accepting Applications for 2020 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Selection Trials

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Aug 5, 2019, 2:00 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian (USEF) is now accepting applications for consideration to participate in the 2020 U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Selection Trials.

The selection trials will be held at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., from December 6-7, 2019. A riders’ meeting/draw will be held the evening of Friday, December 6, and the selection trials will take place on Saturday, December 7, with a team announcement that evening.

The World Cup is a bi-annual competition that originated in the early 1980s with an informal exchange of saddle seat riders in the United States and South Africa, and was named the Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup in 1992. Originally, a three-gaited saddle seat equitation showcase, it has expanded to include a five-gaited component as well. Teams from as many as five nations now compete for the coveted World Cup titles. The 2020 Saddle Seat World Cup competition is scheduled to take place in South Africa.

Applications must be submitted online through the athlete’s “My USEF” member account and are due on September 16, 2019. Additional information about the application can be found here. To apply, please follow the steps below:

  1. Access your “My USEF” account at
  2. Click “Athlete Dashboard” then “Online Applications”
  3. Choose “Saddle Seat” in the dropdown box
  4. Select applications for the Three- or Five-Gaited Teams

Selection information and other details can be found at

Please note, the USEF offices will be closed from August 30 through September 3 while we move to our new building within the Kentucky Horse Park. During this time, USEF’s online tools and services, including the website, Customer Care Center, horse and member records, fax, and email, will be unavailable. More information can be found here.

To learn about contributing to and supporting the 2020 team efforts and competition, contact Cailin Bridges, National Breeds and Disciplines Program Coordinator, at [email protected].

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Photo by: Taylor Pence/US Equestrian