CTDS Junior Program

CTDS encourages local grass root participation in dressage by our junior riders. We hope to encourage participation by offering a social, fun, yet competitive environment for the junior riders. The riders will be encouraged to develop their riding skills at each level by building on solid rider basics.

The USEF defines “Juniors” as individuals eligible until the end of the calendar year in which they reach the age of 18. The USEF requires a minimum age of 14 for Juniors and considers riders between the age of 12 and 14 “Children”. “Young riders” are defined by the USEF aged 14 to 21.  However, for the CTDS Junior program, we will define the age as 18 and under by birth date. Once an individual turns 19, they are not eligible for the CTDS Junior Program. The age may be revised and we may split divisions, depending on interest. Additional clinics and other youth opportunities may be added depending on interest and as the program develops.

CTDS Schooling Mini-Show “Junior Special” Series

Three mini-shows will include a Junior feature! ALL mini shows continue to be open to all members and juniors are welcome to all mini shows. However, these three mini-shows will feature the juniors to allow for group recognition and enable junior networking.  Special awards will be presented to encourage junior participation in dressage.

  • May 6, 2017 (Mother’s Day theme)
  • September 16, 2017 (Safety Awareness theme)
  • October 21, 2017 (Halloween theme with costume class for all!)

Junior show time rides will be scheduled before noon during these mini-shows.

Junior Awards

Junior awards (medals or ribbons) will be presented at the annual awards banquet. Some awards may be split by age group, depending on participation.

  • Sportsmanship award
  • Volunteer award
  • Overall high score award based on a sliding scale (may be divided depending on entries)*
  • Outstanding Horse Presentation award
  • Outstanding Rider Presentation award in accordance to theme and neatness
  • Stable Management award
  • Most Improved Ride from previous min-show recognizing juniors

Region 9 Youth Schooling Challenge

The CTDS junior program also supports the Region 9 Youth Schooling Show Challenge. CTDS will purchase a challenge achievement patch for the CTDS juniors who earn achievement at their level(s) in the Region 9 Youth Schooling Show Challenge.

*Sliding scale for awards between dressage levels. To balance the degree of difficulty as the levels increase, points will be added to the scores to determine an award that crosses levels.

  • Introductory level: 0 points added
  • Training level: 2 points added
  • First level: 4 points added
  • Second level (includes FEI pony test): 6 points added
  • Third level: 8 points added
  • Fourth level: 10 points added

Scores for the Region 9 Youth Schooling Challenge must be earned in one membership year. Scores may be earned on one or multiple horses. The scores follow the rider, who must be under 21. To earn an achievement patch at each level a rider must earn four minimum scores from GMO recognized schooling shows (for example: the CTDS mini shows) with at least one score from the highest test of the level. Scores must be earned from three different judges that are L graduates or above. Only one level per year will be recognized by Region 9.  CTDS will purchase the achievement patch for our own juniors/young riders. For this program juniors must be regular CTDS GMO members (not just schooling members of CTDS). Learn more here.

  • Introductory score minimum: 64%
  • Training score minimum:  62%
  • First Level score minimum: 60%
  • Second and above score minimum:  58%


Upcoming Junior Events

No upcoming events

2017 Children National Dressage Championship

Did you know…there are plans for a 2017 USEF Children National Dressage Championship? For CTDS juniors to be eventual contenders at a Dressage National Championship, we have to encourage participation at the local grass roots level of enthusiastic juniors.

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced a new national championship called the “2017 Children National Dressage Championship”. This event is for riders aged 12-14 years riding either a horse or a pony. Riders will qualify and compete using the FEI Children Team and Individual Tests (current editions). Two scores from each test must be used to qualify.

Applications of Intent must be submitted to USEF no later than May 16, 2017.

Qualifying for these championships will close on July 31, 2017.

The Children, Pony Rider, Junior, and Young Rider National Championships will coincide with the Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Dressage National Championships and USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals taking place at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Ill., Aug. 24-27.

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