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2017 Dressage Mentorship Program – Wellington Florida

A very exciting opportunity is once again open to youth dressage riders (Deadline for applications is Jan 23):

Canadian Dressage Youth Mentorship Program
(“Dressage Inspiration for Aspiring Canadian Dressage Youth”)
When: Friday March 03 – Wednesday March 08, 2017
Where: Wellington, Florida
Program Outline:
The Canadian Dressage Youth Mentorship Program is designed to inspire young, Canadian dressage riders between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one. Riders will have an opportunity to visit with some of Canada’s leading, high-performance riders, and to gain exposure to international competition by attending the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida (

Six participants will be selected to travel to Wellington, Florida the first week in March. Wellington is the epicenter of international dressage competition during the winter months, and home to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. The six participants will have a unique opportunity to visit with some of Canada’s top dressage competitors, including Ashley Holzer, Jill Irving, Brittany Fraser, Chris Von Martels and Lindsay Kellock and to gain an “inside look” at the daily stable operations, training and competition regimes for these high performance athletes. The four day program is designed to include time visiting with the above named riders; a special evening at the FEI Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle competition; a visit to the Winter Equestrian Festival jumping competition; an introduction to Lendon Gray’s winter program for U.S. dressage youth; farm tours; and educational discussions with equine veterinarians and leading show grooms. The program does not include any riding opportunity.

Accommodation and Ground Transportation in Wellington: While in Wellington, FL, the participants will be guests at of Canadian Equestrian Jill Irving, and shared accommodation will be provided at her private home. Daily supervision and all ground transportation will be provided by fellow Canadian, Lisa Shultz, who will be onsite specifically to provide leadership and supervision for the group.

Each participant is responsible for his/her own airfare, food and spending money.
Ground transportation and accommodation in Wellington has been generously donated by Jill Irving.
There are no costs associated with any of the activities, or attendance at any of the events planned forparticipants outside of the food and spending money referenced above.

Eligibility Requirements:
 Participants must be between the ages of 16 and 21
 Participants must be a member in good standing of Equestrian Canada and their Provincial
Equestrian Association
 Participants must have previously competed in a dressage competition (at any level)
 Participants must provide proof of travel insurance
 Participants must have a valid passport for travel into the United States

Arrival and Departure Schedules: Participants should plan to arrive in Wellington, Florida by 4:00 pm on Friday March 03 2017 and depart on Wednesday March 08 at their leisure. Palm Beach International Airport is the closest airport Fort Lauderdale International Airport is approximately 1 hour from Wellington, FL.

All applications must be submitted to by no later than 5:00 pm Monday, January 23,2017.
Qualifying participants will be selected via lottery and will be notified of selection via email, by Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
If a selected participant declines their invitation, another qualifying participant will be selected.
Questions and Contact:
Please direct questions to Jill Irving at