USDF Region 7 JR/YR Clinic

Region 7 is hosting a Jr/YR Clinic at The Paddock Riding Club in Los Angeles, CA on October 21-22, featuring George Williams!

The USDF Jr/YR Clinic Series is an educational opportunity for young riders striving to compete at FEI levels. The goal of this series is to promote hardworking, talented youth riders who want to rise to the top of the discipline.

The clinic includes two days of private lessons, theory sessions, and auditing. Riders must submit an online application and eight riders will be selected to participate. Riders must be 14-21 years of age. Riders ages 12-14 competing in FEI Pony classes may also apply. Auditors of all ages are welcome.

The rider application deadline is September 8.
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The auditor pre-registration deadline is October 6.
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For more information, please contact Jamie Humphries at

USDF Youth Outreach Clinic at The Paddock Riding Club

Dear Region 7 youth members,

We are excited to let you know that we will be offering one of our new USDF Youth Outreach Clinics in Region 7 on October 21-22, 2017. The goal of these clinics, held in conjunction with the USDF Jr/YR Clinic Series, is to introduce those USDF youth members who are dedicated dressage riders, but who have not yet entered the realm of FEI level competition, to the USDF "youth pipeline" and the opportunities it offers.

The Region 7 Youth Outreach Clinic, featuring Rosalind (Roz) Kinstler, will be held at The Paddock Riding Club, Los Angeles, CA. Rider applications are being accepted through September 15, and must be submitted online. (All applications must be accompanied by a link to a video of the rider completing a test, on the horse they wish to ride at the clinic. Please make sure the horse and rider can be clearly viewed.) There is no application fee, but the clinic registration fee for selected riders is $200.00.

These clinics are open to USDF Participating or Group Members, between the ages of 10-21, who are able to complete a Training Level test. The clinics will be held over two days, and will include a variety of instruction. On the first day, participants will observe the Jr/YR Clinic riding sessions, sitting together as a group, as their clinician leads the discussion for each session. They will also join the riders of the Jr/YR Clinic during selected activities, where they can participate in the lecture and interactive discussion with the clinician of the Jr/YR Clinic. On the second day, each clinic participant will ride in a 45-minute session with their clinician.

If you have any questions, please contact

Jan Scarbrough
Senior Education Coordinator
United States Dressage Federation
4051 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (859) 271-7876
Fax: (859) 971-7722

Region 7 Strikes Gold and More at the 2017 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

Region 7 Strikes Gold and More at the 2017 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships

The United States Dressage Federation Region 7 Junior and Young Rider Teams win Junior Team Gold, Junior Individual Gold and Silver, Junior Freestyle Silver, and Young Rider Freestyle Silver at the 2017 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Saugerties, New York.

Saugerties, New York. -  July 2017 - The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships is the most prestigious competition for youth equestrians on the North American continent. A team as well as an individual event, the NAJYRC creates a unique high performance atmosphere that fosters collaboration, organization, and a mental toughness that young people will rarely find elsewhere. The NAJYRC helps riders improve their skills on horseback but it more importantly creates stronger individuals for lives within the equine community and beyond. 

After a rigorous qualifying process, teams come from all over North America to compete in Junior or Young Rider Divisions. The United States Dressage Federation Region 7 North American Junior and Young Rider Championship Teams are comprised of riders from California, Nevada, and Hawaii. This year, the Junior Team was represented by Christian Simonson (Ventura, CA) with Herzkonig, Ben Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) with Behlinger, Aleyna Dunn (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) with Bivera, and Ava Dingley (Simi Valley, CA) with Fürst von der Heide. The Young Rider team was represented by Lauren Asher (San Diego, CA) with Hønnerups Event and Nila Venkat (Hayward, CA) with Skyler Ace.

Although being one of the youngest teams in the competition, the Region 7 Junior Team had tremendous success. The Junior Team placed 1st in the Team Competition, Aleyna Dunn with Bivera placed first in the Individual competition and second in the Freestyle competition, Christian Simonson with Herzkonig placed second in the Individual competition, and all of the Junior riders placed in the top ten in the Individual competition. The Young Rider team also had strong showing and Lauren Asher placed second in the Freestyle competition.

However, the real story is not in the medal count but the poise and sportsmanship the riders demonstrated in and out of the show ring.

A fellow rider and gold medalist even commented about Region 7, “That if there was an award for sportsmanship then that region should get it”.

Congratulations to Region 7 for their success and for the legacy they are leaving for future generations of youth riders.

Junior and Young Rider Dressage Clinics sponsored by CDS Club 100

One clinic in the north, south and one in the central!

CDS prides itself on offering top quality educational events for the members.

Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from top instructor Stephanie Schauer in a friendly group event.

Stephanie Schauer is an accomplished dressage rider and trainer. She has trained several horses to FEI levels and loves working with young horses to give them a good foundation. She works with horses and riders of all levels to help them reach their goals. Stephanie grew up riding under the watchful eyes of Willy Arts at DG Bar Ranch. She has made her way up through the levels on numerous horses, winning several year end awards and championships both as a Junior and in the open classes. With JW she competed twice at the Cosequin Junior Young Rider Championships, earning a team silver medal in both 2001 and 2002. In 2004, with Jasper, she earned a spot on the Region 7 YR team and they won a team gold medal. In 2012, Stephanie and Bonameer DG competed in Chicago at the USDF Young Horse Championships.

The JR/YR clinic format is one evening lecture and two riding days. Each Chapter will pay $150 and select one Junior or Young Rider by draw to represent the Chapter.  The Rider will pay no clinic fees, but is responsible for travel, hotel and stabling expenses.  Riders can apply to Club 100 for help with travel and stabling.




Southern Clinic: April 1-2, 2017 at W Farms (Chino Hills)

organized by Kristin Young   kristinyoung@cox.net949-677-1334

Central Clinic: May 20-21, 2017 at DG Bar (Hanford)

 organized by Kristin Young   kristinyoung@cox.net949-677-1334

Northern Clinic:  June 3-4, 2017 at Starr Vaughn Equestrian (Elk Grove)

organized by Beth Coffey-Curleecoffeycurle@gmail.com775-849-0136


CDS Central Office paula@california-dressage.org831-659-5696

USEF Select Athlete One-on-One Coaching with US Youth Coach Charlotte Bredahl


Sierra Keasler Accepts Invite for USEF’s Select Athlete’s One-on-One Coaching with Charlotte Bredahl

Posted on: 2/7/2017 4:40pm

By: Holly Johnson

 Sierra Keasler (Photo:

Sierra Keasler (Photo:

Wellington, Florida – The USEF’s Dressage Youth Program targets some of the country’s best up-and-coming dressage talent, helping aspiring Juniors and Young Riders break their glass ceilings and build their skills in the upper echelons of dressage sport.

As part of their resolve to connect with and teach America’s future dressage stars on a more regular basis, the USEF implemented the Select Athlete’s One-on-One Coaching Program, which identifies top Juniors and Young Riders to connect with top FEI coaches with the intention of providing support and resources for them to advance in competition.

Following a decorated Junior and Young Rider career, Wellington, Florida based dressage rider Sierra Keasler was selected to participate in the prestigious 2017 coaching program with FEI Judge Charlotte Bredahl.

Horse and athlete combinations must meet rigorous criteria to be considered, including average scores of 68% or higher on the USEF Ranking Lists for the 2017 and 2016 Festival of Champions/NAJYRC/U25 Grand Prix or have earned a top 3 placing of 68% or higher in the last 12 months in the Young Rider or Junior Divisions at the Festival of champions and/or CDIs.


 Sierra Keasler and Lux Stvenstang (Photo:

Sierra Keasler and Lux Stvenstang (Photo:

Keasler, who has been a top placed competitor since 2011, has numerous advanced dressage placings including Reserve Champion in the Brentina Cup, a top 5 finish in the NAJYRC, and scores over 70 in the FEI Grand Prix and U25 Grand Prix. She currently trains with Silke Rembacz in Wellington, Florida, who will be included in the coaching program’s workshops as she and Bredahl work to take Keasler’s career to the next level. As she gears up for another season of intense competition on Florida’s winter dressage circuit, Keasler is thrilled to be able to receive concentrated, in depth instruction from Charlotte Bredahl and Dressage Youth Program.

“Any opportunity to work with the USEF has been an invaluable learning experience and particularly rewarding in terms of my development as a rider,” said Keasler.

“I’m so happy that I’ve been selected to receive the One-on-One training, and look forward to the opportunity to ride with Charlotte and utilize the input from a highly regarded coach and judge. I cannot state enough how beneficial these programs are for competitors and am thankful that the USEF has chosen to invest their time and efforts into developing young riders.”

Keasler began her advanced dressage career in 2011 as a successful Junior competitor in the NAJYRC. She placed in the top 5 at Nationals that year, and quickly progressed to the FEI level, earning her USDF Silver Medal after competing Hyperion Farm’s Corcovado at Prix St. Georges. She and Corcovado were also the Fourth Level Young Rider Region 3 Champions in 2014.

In 2015 she earned the ride on Lux Stensvang, and in their first outing at Grand Prix scored 72.9%. That same year they successfully competed in the U25 Grand Prix at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and were the Reserve Champions in the 2015 Brentina Cup. In 2016 she again campaigned Lux in the U25 Grand Prix, culminating in a 4th place overall finish at the 2016 US Dressage Finals. After purchasing Lux as her primary competition mount, Keasler began training in 2016 with FEI dressage trainer Silke Rembacz as she prepares for the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.