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September 26, 2013

Apply Now For The “Verden Experience”

The U.S. Equestrian Federation is now accepting applications for its second annual “Verden Experience,” which will take place Aug. 6-10, 2014.

This year marked the first time the USEF offered the opportunity for a small group of riders, trainers, breeders and owners of young dressage horses to travel to the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses in Verden, Germany.

The 2014 “Verden Experience” will be led by USEF Young Horse Coach Scott Hassler and will include tickets to the dressage events as well as meetings with European young horse dressage experts. Participants will be responsible for their own travel to the championships, as well as meals and hotel. The USEF will assist with obtaining hotel rooms.

The “Verden Experience” application is open to anyone who has participated in the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championships as a rider, trainer, owner or breeder. 

Spaces in the selected group will be reserved for, but not limited to, the winners of each age division (4-, 5- and 6-year-old divisions) of the previous year’s national championship. (This means that the 2014 trip will have spaces reserved for those who won their age divisions in the 2013 championships.) Priority will also be given to those individuals who have been a rider, trainer, owner or breeder of U.S.-bred horses.

Online applications are due Dec. 1 and can be found on the USEF website.

Questions may be addressed to Hallye Griffin at (859) 225-6918 or

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