Edited Press Release
January 4, 2022 – The Dressage Foundation (TDF) is pleased to announce that five young adults will participate in the first-ever Young Rider International Dream Program trip to Wellington, FL in March 2022. Thanks to generous donors, the Dream Program is a fully-funded opportunity for riders who are 18-22 years old, riding 3rd Level and above, and who have never trained or competed in Wellington.
Alanna Bent (SC), Emily Smith (CA), Haley Smith (CA), Mikaela Kuiper (WA), and Ruby Tevis (KY) were selected to participate in this year’s program. The selection committee based their decision on candidates’ merit, riding proficiency, a history of volunteering in the dressage community, and commitment to training in the sport of dressage.
During their week in Wellington, TDF’s Dream Program group will be led by a dressage professional as a chaperone and will have the opportunity to meet with some of the top riders, coaches, and judges in the world. The group will also attend competitions at Adequan Global Dressage Festival. While traveling, the young riders will record their observations in daily journals and chronicle the events with photos and video to share.
TDF’s Young Rider International Dream Program was originally created in 2000 by Olympian Michael Poulin as a trip to Europe for four top U.S. Young Riders. Since then, the program has given 64 young riders the chance to be immersed in the international dressage scene. Most of those riders have become dressage professionals, including 2005 participant and Olympian Adrienne Lyle.
This year, with the uncertainty of global travel due to the pandemic, TDF’s Board of Directors pivoted the program to take place in Wellington instead of traveling abroad. Additionally, thanks to a donation from Margaret Duprey, a fifth participant was selected for the trip instead of four.
“We are grateful to our donors for giving this incredible opportunity to deserving young adults who have never experienced Wellington before,” said Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director. “We’ve received donations for this trip in memory of Sue Curry, in memory of Christa Sullivan, and from individuals who believe in the future of our sport.”
Donations to support the Young Rider International Dream Program are welcome. Gifts can be made by credit card online at www.dressagefoundation.org or by calling TDF’s office at (402) 434-8585. Donations by check can be mailed to The Dressage Foundation at 1314 ‘O’ Street, Suite 305, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508.
For more information about The Dressage Foundation, contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.