youth dressage clinic
USEF Dressage Youth Coach
APRIL 24-25, 2021
Peridot equestrian center
san marcos, California
Apply to Ride by March 24th
USEF National Youth Coach George Williams is a prominent figure in international dressage competition.
Mr. Williams has been studying dressage since 1973 when he traveled to Germany to enroll at the Reitinstitute von Neindorff’, where he earned his German Bronze Rider Medal. Upon returning to the U.S., Mr. Williams began training with Karl Mikolka. He also trained in Germany with the former U.S. Dressage team coach and Olympic Gold medalist, Klaus Balkenhol. Mr. Williams’ career highlights include three-time Dressage at Devon Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle, 2005 United States Equestrian Federation/Collecting Gaits National Grand Prix Champion, team bronze at CHIO Aachen, 5th at the 2003 World Cup in Sweden.
In 1981, Mr. Williams was a resident trainer and rider for The Tempel Lipizzans in Old Mill Creek, IL. From 2000 into 2009, Mr. Williams rode and trained for the Smiths at their Gypsy Woods Farm in Richwood, OH. From May 2009 to 2014 he rode and trained for Elizabeth Juliano’s Havensafe Farm of Middlefield Ohio and Wellington, Florida.
In addition to his work as the USEF Youth Coach, Mr. Williams currently teaches and clinics with Williams Dressage LLC.
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The USDF Jr/YR Clinic Series is an educational opportunity for youth 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. These clinics are taught by top U.S. riders including George Williams and Anne Gribbons.
Each 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.
Age: Riders between 14-21 years of age will be given priority. Riders ages 12-14 competing in FEI Pony or FEI Children classes may also apply. Consideration will be given to riders who are competing in U25 classes as space permits.
Membership: Riders must have a USDF Youth Participating or Life Membership. They must also have a USEF Active Competing Junior, Senior, or Life Membership.
Application and Video: Riders must submit an online application, a recent riding video within the past six (6) months, and $25 application fee on or before the posted deadline. The video must show the applicant riding a complete dressage test at the level the horse is currently schooling. The horse in the video must be the same horse listed on the clinic application. Riders who have declared as an FEI Junior, Young Rider, or Pony Rider should ride the respective Team test. Videos should be recorded from the end of the arena at A or C and the rider must not be too far away from the camera. If the selection committee cannot clearly see the horse and rider, the video will not be accepted. Do not submit a cell phone video.
Rider registration is $300 (includes application fee). This includes two days of private lessons, auditing, lunch, and theory sessions. Stabling, hotel, and transportation are NOT included. Riders must participate in the entire clinic. Riding one day only is not allowed.
Applicants must submit their applications, along with a $25 non-refundable application fee, through the online form. If selected to ride in the clinic, you will be notified via email and the remaining balance of $275 will be due within 48 hours of notification.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION
Due to COVID-19, we will not have an auditing opportunity at this clinic.
The number of guests who may accompany the riders may be limited. More information will follow.
All attendees should bring a face mask. Face masks should be worn at all times unless mounted.
We will not be able to provide a Saturday night dinner with the clinician at this time.
Riders will not be required to stay for the entirety of the clinic. Riders may “show and go” meaning they show up for their ride time, ride in their lesson, and leave after. However, if the rider prefers to stay for
the entire duration of the clinic, they are welcome to do so.
Please be prepared to follow any and all rules set forth by the facility owner in regards to wearing facial coverings, maintaining proper social distancing, sanitizing, etc. This information is all subject to change.