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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 Scholarships
UPDATED 09/08/2017

Did You Know that NODA offers Amateur Scholarships for Juniors, Young Riders, and Adults
Deadline to Apply:   October 1                 Application Forms & Details

USEF Youth Programs

Intercollegiate      Resources     Youth Sportsman    Lettering    Dressage Programs    Emerson Bur Grant


USDF Monthly e-News   USDF National & Region 2 & Youth e-News

2018 USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program
   Mark your calendars now! The next USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program will be held January 13-14, 2018, in West Palm Beach, FL.  Advance applications must be received by September 30, 2017, or by October 15, 2017 with an increased fee. Applications are available on the USDF website. Contact the USDF office for more information. The USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program is made possible with funding support provided by The Dressage Foundation.

Award Equivalency Change for the FEI Children’s Individual and Team Tests   Effective October 1, 2017, for the purposes of the rider and year-end awards, the FEI Children’s Individual and Team Tests will be equivalent to Second Level. Please see the USDF Member Guide for more information.

USDF announces
new USDF Youth Outreach Clinics t
o be held in conjunction with Jr/YR Clinic Series.  It offers a new educational opportunity for grassroots youth riders.   Learn More

USDF Region 2 Jr/YR Clinic will be back in 2017! 
Dates and location will be posted on the USDF website.  Keep an eye out for your favorite clinicians, including George Williams, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker, Anne Gribbons, and Jeremy Steinberg.   USDF Jr/Yr Clinic Series Information

Check out eTRAK and read Articles, listen to Podcasts for your Dressage Questions, and watch Virtual Events
Winter is here.  When cold weather keeps you from riding, take advantage of eTRAK.  Login and enjoy hours of dressage-specific topics.

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.

                Greetings from NODA's Junior/Young Rider Liaison, Ashley Rand Torres

Hi everyone, 
My name is Ashley Rand-Torres, and I have what I think is a well-rounded history as an equestrian competitor and trainer, specializing in developing young sport horses in both dressage and eventing.
In the beginning years of my equestrian career and through high school, I was a member of Pony Club and eventing was my specialty.  I competed my mare, Fancy, through the preliminary level.  After high school I attended Lake Erie College graduating with a BS in Marketing.  After graduation I moved to Lexington, Kentucky and started working for Reese Koffler-Stanfield at Maplecrest Farm where I realized my passion for training young horses.  During my time at Maplecrest Farm,  I was able to earn my USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.
Now that I am back in Ohio, I look forward to training and competing my new horse, Saskia, and volunteering for NODA as your Junior/Young Rider Liaison.   I hope to get to know as many of NODA’s Young Riders as possible. 

Please feel free to contact me at with your ideas and comments about what NODA and I can do to forward your riding aspirations.   Let’s work together and develop a plan for NODA’s Juniors and Young Riders.    


You can earn valuable NODA bucks if your idea or story is printed in the NODA Newsletter.   Do you Ride horses?  Love dressage?  Compete in recognized or  unrecognized competitions? Take lessons or attend clinics? Have your own Horse? Lease a horse?   Have special horse related travel plans?  Enjoy talking about your riding pursuits?  Email our newsletter editors, and


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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