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  1. What is an adult amateur?
  2. Am I a USEF Adult Amateur?
  3. Can I participate in the L Program?
  4. Can I participate in the Instructor/Trainer Program?
  5. Can I go to Trainers Conference?
  6. Does USDF have any adult amateur specific education programs?
  7. I’m on a tight budget; how can USDF help?
  8. I would like to see a new program introduced for adult amateurs at USDF. How do I go about getting that started?

What is an adult amateur?

The term ADULT within our USDF membership applies to all members no longer eligible as Youth members. The term ADULT AMATEUR, actually applies primarily for competition purposes and is defined within the rules of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) that provides the body of rules by which our sport competition is governed.

As a descriptive term "ADULT AMATEUR" is used both for competition purposes and as a self applied description of how you view your own place in the USDF: for educational purposes or your time and resources available.

Any questions regarding official AA status should be directed to USEF.

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Am I a USEF Adult Amateur?

USDF maintains a list of members who are designated as Adult Amateurs with USEF. Check this list, updated weekly, to confirm your current USEF Adult Amateur status or go to USEF’s website to look up your membership information.

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Can I participate in the L Program?

Yes! You can even be an L Graduate and judge schooling shows while keeping your USEF AA status. We encourage all of our members to attend at least the A, B and C (Part1) sessions; the educational content is superb. L Graduates with distinction can even move on to USEF judging programs without changing their AA status. (GR1306.3.i.).

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Can I participate in the Instructor/Trainer Program?

Yes! We encourage you to participate, audit or be a demo rider in the workshops. All the education is available to you!

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Can I go to Trainers Conference?

Adult amateurs can attend and apply to be a demo rider at Trainers Conference. This is an FEI level concentrated program with attendance criteria and adult amateurs who meet these criteria may attend.

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Does USDF have any adult amateur specific education programs?

To us having a USEF Adult Amateur card, or not having it, should not be a roadblock to learning for our education programs. We don’t want to turn away anyone that wants to learn because of their USEF designation. We do not have any programs that require a USEF Adult Amateur card to attend. There are many programs that are designed to primarily engage our adult amateur members such as eTRAK, podcasts, and Convention education. By not requiring a USEF Adult Amateur card, the trainers and coaches of adult amateurs can also attend and participate. Those trainers and coaches will gain access to valuable information that they can then use to help their adult amateur students, giving our programs further reach.

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I’m on a tight budget; how can USDF help?

For educational opportunities, take advantage of our Education Membership. This membership level is less expensive and a good option for riders who don’t need a higher level of membership to qualify for competition or awards. Benefits include eTRAK and our online magazine. You can also listen to our Podcasts and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
Most programs that we or GMOs host are in need of volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to learn at a greatly reduced cost or free for a few hours of your time. Contact your local dressage organization and let them know you want to help.
The Dressage Foundation has several grants available to enable riders to continue their dressage education. Read through their list of grants; financial aid may only be an application away.

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I would like to see a new program introduced for adult amateurs at USDF. How do I go about getting that started?

If you have an idea for a new program we encourage you to talk to a Regional Director, committee chair or regional representative and share your idea. The process can be long but the volunteers who are on our committees, many adult amateurs themselves, represent our members. You can find the list of committees here.

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