Friday, January 20, 2012

DRESSAGE: USEF: Dressage Young Horse Training and Observation Sessions Announced for 2012

From the USEF Communications Department

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the dates and locations of two Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Sessions for 2012. The open training sessions will be a unique opportunity for up and coming talent to have one-on-one sessions with USEF Young Horse Coach, Scott Hassler. The two-day event will include a 45-minute lesson each day with Scott Hassler as well as an evening lecture and discussion for the riders led by Scott. He explains, "I'm really excited about the decision to schedule the open Young Horse Training sessions. They will provide an opportunity for people to better understand the Markel/USEF Young Horse program as well as the correct development required for young horses to advance in the training scale towards the FEI levels."

The first Young Horse Training Session will be held February 18-19 at Shannondale Farm in Milton, Georgia. Applications for this training session are due January 31st. Another Training Session will be held April 14-15 at Twinwood Equestrian Center in Simontown, Texas. Applications for this training session are due March 30th.

Applications, fees and further information about these training sessions can be obtained by contacting USEF Director of Dressage National Programs, Hallye Griffin ( Dates and locations for Central and New England area training sessions will be announced at a later time.  

In addition to the training sessions, there will be Young Horse Dressage Observation Sessions at two events in 2012. These sessions are simply "observations" that will take place at the competition and will allow USEF Young Horse Coach, Scott Hassler to observe and scout for talented Young Horses. There will not be a fee for the Observation Sessions. The first Observation Session will take place at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby on March 3-4th in West Palm Beach, Florida. Another Observation Session will take place March 27-28th at the Festival of the Horse in San Juan CapistraƱo, California.  If you are interested in taking part in the Young Horse Observation Sessions, please contact Hallye Griffin (

Please remember that Applications of Intent for the 2012 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Championships and the 2012 Developing Horse Dressage Championships (presented by the Dutta Corp and PSI) are due April 30th and can be found under Dressage Championship Applications when you log into your USEF account: 

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