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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 ProgramUSEA  Instructors' Certification Program (ICP)USHJA Trainer Certification ProgramAmerican 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 ous affiliates, select a link below:

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, or click here for a printable version

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.

 

Programs and Resources

Young equestrians are the future of horse sports. US Equestrian contributes to bright futures. Find opportunities here.