Adult Amateur. The term "Adult" within USDF membership applies to all members age 21 and over. The term adult amateur applies primarily for competition purposes and is defined within the rules of the US Equestrian (USEF) that provides the body of rules by which dressage is governed.
In the United States, dressage has different categories of riders based on age and amateur or professional status. Since some FADS show classes are split using these criteria, and since FADS Season End Awards may be split using these criteria, it is important to report the correct rider status when entering shows.
AADA is for amateur dressage riders of all ages. AADA is an educational and informational resource for every AA from beginners at the lower levels of dressage, experienced competitors or the mature rider enjoying their horse in or out of the show arena.
Gentle Readers, This is to be the first part of a series focused on the phenomenon I have termed “Dressage Shame”. It seems that dressage more than any other equestrian sport is subject to the mentality of “I am not worthy”. Perhaps it is because oftentimes adult amateurs enter the sport later in .
You can also find additional information on the The FEI North American Youth Championships, the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships and the USDF Breeders Championship Series, musical freestyle, quadrille and pas de deux. Adult Amateur Status. To verify current adult amateur status with USEF, search here. Please.