This is the flagship event of Dressage4Kids, Inc. conducted in July or August. Instituted in 1999, the festival offers individual and team competition for riders from ages 4 through 21. Division championships feature a three-phased competition: a written test, an individual dressage test, and a group equitation ride. Divisions offered are Introductory through Fourth, FEI Pony, Junior and Young Rider and Para Equestrian. Riders may also assemble teams and vie for the USDF Region 8 Youth Team Competition. Classes for Leadline (riders aged 4 to 8), Prix Caprilli (dressage ride incorporating jumps), Dressage Trail and Musical Freestyle are offered, as are other competitive and fun activities.
There are also now similar programs held elsewhere.
News & Events
Do you want to thank your trainer?
Do you have a special memory of participating at the Youth Dressage Festival that you would like to share?
Do you want to wish your rider good luck?
In honor of the Festival's 20th anniversary, we are going to include a special section in the Festival program where you can submit your memories and impressions of the Festival or perhaps your best wishes for this year's riders.
Proceeds from this section will benefit D4K's scholarship program.
The Prize List for the 20th Annual Youth Dressage Festival is now available! The Youth Dressage Festival will take place July 13-15, 2018 at HITS on the Hudson Show Grounds in Saugerties, New York.
Opening Date for Entries is May 21, 2018.
Prize list has been revised as of April 7.
Deadline June 4, 2018 - A drawing or photo by anyone under 21 will be chosen for the cover of the
Show Program and possibly on show t-shirts. The artist does not have to be entered in the show. Other artwork submitted but
not chosen for the cover will also be included inside the program and possibly also the WEP program in February. Read the Prize List for further details.