The USDF Youth Dressage Rider Recognition Pin Program is designed to recognize the accomplishments of youth in the dressage community at all levels. This program is open to students who are currently enrolled in grades 6-12 of a middle/high school or home school program and are a Participating or Group Member of USDF. Pins can be earned in each year of enrollment in the program. Here, get to know Lauren Anderson, a pin recipient from Effort, Pennsylvania.
What did you like about the USDF Youth Dressage Rider Recognition Pin Program?
It encouraged me to prepare and get out to more shows, it pushed me to take equine courses that were informative and helpful, and it felt good to volunteer for important organizations. I really enjoyed participating in this program.
What types of education programs did you participate in to fulfill the Pin Program requirement?
I took courses to improve my test scores, to better understand the dressage levels, and to help me improve my position and seat.
What types of volunteering did you complete to fulfill the Pin Program requirement? Tell us about the organizations you volunteered with.
I volunteered for Equi-librium, a non-profit organization that offers equine-related therapies for special needs children and adults. I also helped host a community event with Girl Scouts, supported an outreach program for senior citizens with National Junior Honor Society, and I volunteered at a horse day camp.
What are your plans for after high school?
I love working with kids and helping with student lessons. I also love caring for horses and other animals. After high school, I plan to go to a college that offers equine-related studies and pursue a career in the equine industry.
At what level do you currently compete?
I currently compete at Training Level.
Tell us about your horse(s).
I have a 13-year-old black and white Paint gelding named Lakota. He was a cross-country horse before I bought him a year ago. Now I’m training him in dressage, which has been challenging, but rewarding, and I’m working toward showing him. He has a sweet and silly personality that makes him a fun horse. Because I was working hard with Lakota this past year, I showed a bay Thoroughbred named Habbs from the barn I ride at.