Junior & Young Riders

YOU are the future of NODA & USDF!   
NODA has many Junior/Young Rider members. 
Our goals and objectives are to encourage you to take
advantage of educational opportunities, have fun,
and to become involved in your club.

NODA Bucks     Your Jr/YR Liaison     USDF/Region 2 e-News    USEF Youth Programs   Definitions    Interesting Websites

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  NODA Amateur Scholarships       Juniors, Young Riders,  & Adults are Eligible!
 Annual Deadline to Apply:  10/1

Scholarship winners announced at our annual Awards Celebration Banquet

Application Forms & Details

       NODA BUCKS  are Valuable, Easy to Earn,  Never Expire, Use like CASH !  

 1 NODA Buck = $1.00   And sometimes, a NODA buck is worth even more than $1!  
Use them like cash for NODA sponsored events.   You can earn NODA Bucks by volunteering at a NODA show,   help at a NODA activity, volunteer for a committee, write a story for NODA newsletter, and more!   Use your imagination on how you can help NODA by volunteering.  More "How to Earn NODA Bucks" Ideas 


Greetings NODA Juniors and Young Riders!

My name is Christa Sandy and I look forward to meeting you and working with you as your NODA Junior/Young Rider Liaison.    You can look forward to fun parties, clinics and more!    Did you hear about the fun Wild About Dressage Party on June 16, 2019?   Check out the NODA News, Issue 7 for fun pictures and news.    

Working with youth and animals has always been my passion!  I began my career as a special education teacher until taking time off to enjoy being a stay at home mom with my two kids, John and Maria.  When both of my kids began school, I went back to work as an Education Program Specialist at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.  Here I had the opportunity to share wildlife and our natural world with students of all ages, and even lend a hand caring for our ambassador animals and rehabilitating injured local wildlife.


My introduction to horses began in 2011 when my daughter, Maria, began taking pony camps at Rocky River Stables at 6 years old.  A year later my son, John, and I began taking lessons, and we soon realized we were all hooked on a new way of life at the barn.


At Rocky River Stables, I work with Valley Riding, Inc., in the office, teaching camps, and working with our therapeutic riding program.  Most of my spare time is spent at the barn enjoying trail riding my favorite Rocky Mountain mares, taking lessons, and enjoying time with my kids and their friends.   Coordinating volunteers, grooming horses, strolling down the trail, watching lessons, setting jumps, and being a horse show mom are moments I treasure.    I am always so proud of my own kids and all our barn youth and impressed with the maturity of kids “raised in a barn”.


Now that you know a bit about me, it’s time to get to know each of you.   I hope that you will be in touch to provide suggestions, or to just share your horse or dressage experiences.  Contact me anytime at Jr-YR@NodaRider.org!


USDF Monthly e-News   USDF National & Region 2 

USEF Youth Programs
Intercollegiate      Resources     Youth Sportsman    Lettering    Dressage Programs    Emerson Bur Grant

Junior Rider?  Young Rider? 
Youth Member?

USDF & NODA DEFINITION - Anyone age 21 and under (from the beginning of the calendar year).   This is true for membership, awards, and competition.   USDF Membership for Junior and Young Riders is called YOUTH Membership.

FEl Junior:  Anyone may compete as a Junior from the beginning of the Calendar Year in which she/he reaches 14 until the end of the Calendar Year in which she/he reaches 18

FEI Young Rider:  A rider may compete as a Young Rider from the beginning of the Calendar Year in which she/he reaches 16 to the end of the Calendar Year in which she/he reaches 21.


USDF - Region 2 Advanced Young Rider's On the Web The webmaster of the Region 2 AYR page, Lauren, has asked that we have our NODA Advanced Young Rider's send in any submissions to the page.  Click on Lauren's name to e-mail her.    

DRESSAGE 4 KIDS     Operated by Lendon Gray, one of the most respected Junior/Young Rider trainers in the Northeast.  It's also the home website of the Northeast Junior/Young Rider Dressage Championships  (NEJYR) 

INTERCOLLEGIATE DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION  Web site for all JR/YRs interested in Inter- Collegiate Dressage  Equestrian Sports Programs.

TRI-STATE REGION PONY CLUB   This website serves Ohio, Western Pennsylvania  and Northern West Virginia which includes 14 member clubs and two Riding Centers of the United States Pony Club.   The mission of the United Staes Pony Club is to provide a program for youth taht teaches riding, mounted sports, and the care of horses and ponies, thereby developing responsibility, moral judgment, leadership and self-confidence.

BATH PONY CLUB *New 2010 Website*   Affiliate club of the United States Pony Club, Inc.   Members  range in age from 8 to 21 years old.   They host various shows and horse activities, including a May Dressage Show.

Pony Club is one of the leading junior equestrian organizations in the world, represented throughout 30 countries! The United States has over 600 individual Clubs spread throughout 48 states and the Virgin Islands, with more than 12,000 members,  It is not necessary for a child to own a horse or pony, but they must have access to one when required. Programs are offered in dressage, eventing, show jumping, mounted games, tetrathlon, quiz, vaulting, foxhunting, and polocrosse..  During "unmounted" meetings members learn about feeding, shoeing, veterinary care, and other areas of horse management. Under adult supervision, the more experienced Pony Club members instruct and assist younger members.


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