LEXINGTON, KY — OCT. 17, 2012 — The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the formation of a US Saddle Seat Equitation Young Rider Team in 2013. The purpose of this team is to develop riders for future US Saddle Seat World Cup competitions. During years that the Saddle Seat World Cup competition is not held, members of the Young Rider Team will be eligible to represent the United States in other international competitions.
The USEF is currently seeking twelve young equestrians, five riders and one alternate in both the three- and five-gaited sections, for the 2013 US Saddle Seat Equitation Young Rider Team. These twelve riders will, potentially, represent the U.S. in an international invitational with South Africa that has been tentatively scheduled for April 4-6, 2013, at William Woods University in Fulton, MO.
Unlike the selection process for the US Saddle Seat World Cup Team, riders will not have to attend live tryouts to be selected for the US Saddle Seat Equitation Young Rider Team. Instead, selection will be based on application, video, and reference letter submissions. Submission criteria for the Saddle Seat Young Rider Team can be found at usef.org.
For more information on the 2013 US Saddle Seat Young Rider Team, please contact any of the following National Affiliates staff members: