Dressage4Kids™ provides educational and competitive opportunities to youth riders and the adults who support them.
To encourage riders under 25 to become true horsemen; to offer scholarships; to develop good sportsmanship; to support programs for adults who in turn educate youth; and to have fun.
Dressage4Kids will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2024. Below is a timeline showing the inaugural dates for the various Dressage4Kids Programs that have been added over the last 25 years. Click on the pictures below to read more.
1999 Inaugural Youth Dressage Festival
This is the flagship event of Dressage4Kids™. Instituted in 1999, the Festival offers individual and team competition for riders of all levels from ages 4 through 25.
2001 Inaugural Scholarship Program
Thanks to generous donations from our sponsors, Dressage4Kids™ has established extensive scholarship and professional development programs.
2003 Inaugural D4K Unmounted Programs
D4K UP stands for Dressage4Kids™ Unmounted Programs and includes unmatched educational opportunities via in-person and virtual (via Zoom) events.
2008 Inaugural Youth Dressage Festival Midwest
2008 Inaugural Horse Donation Program
Since its inception, Dressage4Kids™ has had over 100 horses (and ponies) donated. We have several horses that have competed at the highest levels in dressage, and others that have successfully helped their riders advance through the national levels. The happiness of all is our premier tenet.
2013 Inaugural Winter Intensive Training Program
The Dressage4Kids™ Winter Intensive Training Program provides a three-month overall educational program for riders under age 26. WIT is for aspiring young riders who are committed to achieving excellence. Participants have a full schedule of learning that includes fitness, theory, tests, riding lessons, field trips, and lectures on many pertinent subjects.
2013 Inaugural Atlanta Youth Festival
2013 Inaugural TEAM Program
Dressage4Kids™ is very proud to offer the TEAM Program (Training, Education & Mentoring) for dedicated, determined young dressage riders of all levels, ages 25 and under. The goal of the program is to find, to help to educate, and to develop dedicated youth to become the best they can be, on and off the horse.
2020 Inaugural Training4Teaching Program
Dressage4Kids™ offers Training4Teaching to continue to support our successful young riders who move on to become professionals (and even our experienced pros).
2020 Inaugural Summer Intensive Training Program
The Dressage4Kids™ Summer Intensive Training Program provides a one-month overall educational program for riders under age 26. Participants have a full schedule of learning that includes fitness, theory, tests, riding lessons, field trips, and lectures on many pertinent subjects.
25th Anniversary of Dressage4Kids
Dressage4Kids, Inc. sponsors and conducts the following events and programs throughout the year:
- D4K Unmounted Programs (D4K UP - formerly WEP)
- TEAM Program
- Training4Teaching (D4K T4T)
- Summer Intensive Training Program (D4K SIT)
- Winter Intensive Training Program (D4K WIT)
- Youth Dressage Festival (D4K YDF)
- Horse Donation Program