By Chelsey Burris
USDF Regional Schooling Show Awards
The USDF Regional Schooling Show Awards Program is USDF’s newest program, and its first full year is 2020. This program will offer regional recognition to USDF Group Members, competing in non-USEF-licensed/non-USDF-recognized competitions. Four award divisions (open, junior/young rider, adult amateur and non-professional) will be recognized per region. The open division will offer six levels of recognition (Training, First, Second, Third, Fourth, and FEI), with the junior/young rider, adult amateur and non-professional divisions offering an additional seventh level (Introductory). Learn more about this new program, including a list of participating shows, on the USDF website.
USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program
Starting 2020 off with a bang, the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program is slated for January 18-19, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. This two-day educational seminar focuses on crucial topics that young adults, ages 20-28, need to know to prepare for a professional career in the equine industry. Topics include goal setting, sponsorship, international competition, and business subjects such as contracts, insurance, and tax practices. These subjects are taught by some of the top professionals in the country to foster strong role models for the future. Learn more about the Young Rider Graduate Program here.
FEI World Cup™ Finals
Fans can expect an exciting five-day show this spring when the FEI World Cup™ Finals returns to Las Vegas, Nevada. The world’s best show-jumping and dressage competitors are returning to the “Entertainment Capital of the World” April 15–19, 2020 for the FEI World Cup™ Finals. USDF is proud to partner with them and will have a booth at the event so make sure you stop by to say hello. Plan your trip here.
Once summer rolls around, all eyes will be on Tokyo, Japan for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Beginning Friday, July 24, watch competitors from around the world compete to claim medals for their home countries. Team USA has already punched their ticket for dressage via the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. Will this be the year Team USA brings home a gold medal in dressage? Keep up with the latest Olympics dressage news here.
Once fall arrives, prepare for Equitana USA, which will be held September 24-27 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Equitana USA is a spin-off of the world renowned Equitana in Germany, and will consist of three days of shopping, education, and entertainment – all dedicated to horses and the people that love them. The education will feature an array of programming (with clinics, veterinarian seminars, panels, breed demos, and more), and entertainment will include a night event in the Alltech Arena – similar to a Cirque de Soleil show with horses. USDF is proud to partner with Equitana USA on the dressage portions on their event, and looks forward to greeting spectators from our booth. Get more information here.