LEXINGTON, Ky. — US Equestrian is accepting applications for the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Team. 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, whether at home or abroad. The purpose of the Young Rider Team is to develop athletes for future Saddle Seat World Cup competitions.

The Saddle Seat World Cup is a bi-annual competition that originated in the early 1980s with an informal exchange of saddle seat riders in the United States and South Africa, formally named the Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup in 1992. Originally a three-gaited saddle seat equitation showcase, it has expanded to include a five-gaited component as well. Teams from as many as five nations now compete for the coveted World Cup titles.

In 2019, US Equestrian will be fielding a team of twelve (six athletes for both the three- and five-gaited sections) to compete at an Invitational Test Event in New Orleans, La. in May. It is possible a second team will be selected to compete at an Invitational Test Event on the west coast in July or October 2019. 

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Unlike the selection process for the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team, athletes will not have to attend live tryouts to be selected for the U.S. Saddle Seat Equitation Young Rider Team. Instead, selection will be based on an application and riding video.

Applications must be submitted online through the individual’s “My USEF” member account and are due on or before November 30, 2018 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. Selection information and other details are also located at www.usasaddleseatworldcup.org.  To apply for either the Three- or Five-Gaited Team, please follow the steps below:

Access your My USEF Account at https://members.usef.org

Click “Athlete Dashboard” then “Online Applications”

Choose “Saddle Seat” in the drop down box

Update the year to 2019 and click search

Applications for the 3- and 5-Gaited Teams should appear

Coach Applications Being Accepted

Coach applications are now being accepted for the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Team. Two coaches will be selected for the 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Team, competing in New Orleans, La. in May, 2019.

There is a possibility that two additional coaches will be selected for a team to compete at an Invitational Test Event on the west coast in July or October, 2019. Interested and qualified parties should complete an application and submit their résumé no later than November 30, 2018.

 The application and job description can be found here

US Equestrian reserves the right to amend the job description and deadline, if necessary. Any additional information will be made available on www.usasaddleseatworldcup.org.

Contact Erin DesNoyers via email at edesnoyers@usef.org or by phone at 859-225-6977 with questions or for more information.

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