US Equestrian understands that young riders are the future of our sport. We want to encourage them to enjoy the sport, while also providing education and support for their equestrian endeavors. Our youth programs help introduce young riders to the many different breeds and disciplines and reward them for continued interest and dedication to the sport. We offer a Lettering program for junior high and high school students, as well as serveral grants and scholarships for all of our Youth Members. Many of our affiliates also have youth programs, which you will find along with our own programs in the infomation below.
Learn to Ride
Locate a trainer certified through the USDF Instructor/Trainer Program, USEA Instructors' Certification Program (ICP), USHJA Trainer Certification Program, American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA), or Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). These organizations are affiliates or alliance partners of the USEF. However, the certified instructors are independent entities and are not agents of USEF. This link is provided purely as a service and such information does not represent an endorsement or recommendation, implied or otherwise of the listed instructors. For additional information, visit our online Learning Center, which includes such videos as "Your First Horseback Riding Lesson" and "Your First Horse Show," which are both available to members and non-members.
Affiliate Youth Programs
To check out the many opportunities available for youth members through our affiliates, select a link below:
- American Endurance Ride Conference
- American Hackney Horse Society
- American Morgan Horse Association
- American Road Horse & Pony Association
- American Saddlebred Horse Association
- American Shetland Pony Club
- American Vaulting Association
- Arabian Horse Association
- International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Assoc.
- United States Dressage Federation
- United States Eventing Association
- United States Hunter Jumper Association
- USA Reining
- Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America
- Western Dressage Association Of America
Alliance Partner Youth Programs
To check out opportunities for youth from our alliance partners select a link below:
School Riding Programs
As many students know, there is not always time for other sports or extracurricular activities when you ride horses. Fortunately, many grade schools and colleges/universities are incorporating horseback riding into their offered activities. Throughout the country various high school riding associations have developed to promote equestrian riding teams and clubs to junior, middle and high schools.The Interscholastic Equestrian Association is one such organization that provides an avenue for middle and high school students to compete in multiple disciplines on a national level.
To find out more about these or to learn how to start your own equestrian riding team or club, read our guide to Equestrian Riding Programs—Overview for Middle, Junior High, and High School Students.
Parents of young equestrians might also be interested in "Making Youth Sports Affordable: A Playbook for Parents."
For infomation on collegiate riding programs, please visit our Intercollegiate page via the tile below.