Dressage Youth Team Selection Criteria

ESDCTA sponsors team(s) of 3 to 4 riders to attend Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival and the USDF Region 1 Youth Team Competition. Entry and stabling fees are paid by ESDCTA and team members will also receive an ESDCTA team polo shirt. All other expenses such as lodging, transportation, etc. are the obligation of the competitor. Additional fundraising to help defray these expenses are encouraged.

Selection criteria used for all dressage youth teams sponsored by ESDCTA:

  • ESDCTA member in good standing, age 21 or younger.
  • Volunteer at least 8 hours at one or more ESDCTA events during the qualifying period*. These hours may not be used to fulfill any other ESDCTA volunteer requirements. Submit signed volunteer form(s) with the team application.
  • Submit at least 3 scores** in qualifying categories from 3 different judges at 2 different shows (schooling or USEF/USDF licensed) listed in the ESDCTA Omnibus.

Qualifying Categories are:
2011 USDF Introductory Tests A and B
2011 USDF Introductory Test C & USEF Training Level Test 1
2011 USEF Training Level Tests 2 and 3
2011 USEF First Level Tests 1 through 3
2011 USEF Second Level Tests 1 through 3/FEI Pony Team/Individual
2011 USEF Third Level Tests 1 through 3/FEI Junior Team/Individual
2011 USEF Fourth Level Tests 1 through 3
FEI levels excluding FEI Pony/Junior Levels. FEI Young Rider/Individual tests will be considered the equivalent of FEI Prix St. Georges.

* Qualifying period is May 15, 2014 through May 14, 2015.
** Riders must be an ESDCTA member at the time the scores were earned.

Note: Scores from the equivalent level eventing tests may be used to qualify. If necessary, median scores will be used to rank applicants applying for the same level. The applicants’ highest scores will be used to break any tie. A rider may compete on a different horse from the one on which the qualifying scores were received if the horse can compete at the same level (or lower). Two riders may share a horse provided that they are not on the same team.

All applicable forms can be found here.


Send application and volunteer form(s) via mail, fax or email to:
ESDCTA Youth Committee, c/o Jill Kuc
315 Mountain View Rd ▪ Kunkletown, PA 18058
570.977.1406 ▪ esea@ptd.net ▪ Fax 610.681.6031