Our mission is to provide an equestrian riding program for youth students, via both instructional and experiential learning opportunities. To accomplish this we will engage in equestrian competitions, instructional clinics, networking events and occasions for recruitment that includes but not limited to scholarship disbursements.
What is YEDA?
Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc (YEDA) is program that encourages development of riders’ skills, emphasizes exposure to scholarship opportunities, and encourages making connections with college programs.
How is YEDA organized?
We have three (3) levels of riding from Elementary (4th and 5th grades), Jr. High (6th through 8th grades), and Sr. High (9th through 12th grades). These levels will include a walk-trot category to develop beginner students. There is an additional class offered for Alumni members. The Alumni class is a rail and pattern class combined.
We include rail and pattern classes for all riders, and offer our Senior High Diamond riders the chance to compete in both reining and horsemanship. The Junior and Senior High Sapphire riders have the opportunity to compete in ranch riding and horsemanship. This format will develop youth riders to be “complete horseman”, moving through levels to give students the opportunities ride a variety of classes and varying difficulties.
What about scholarships?
By working with a variety of sponsors, partnering with established professional organizations, and strategic investing, it is the fundamental intention of YEDA to provide members aspiring to continue their education with financial scholarships to help them reach their utmost potential in whatever career field they choose to pursue.
When is the YEDA show season?
The YEDA show season runs from early Fall through Spring, ending with the National Championship event traditionally held at the end of April at Eden Park in Sunbury, Ohio.
What makes YEDA different from other team riding associations?
- All riders wear uniform oxford shirts.
- Coaches do not pick point riders.
- Beginner Walk-Trot division offered for all ages
- All divisions are offered pattern classes.
- Ranch Riding classes offered for Junior and Senior High Sapphire Divisions.
- Teams are not required to host a show.
- National Qualifiers are based on the top 20% or top 10 riders per division from the whole season of points, not one ride and one draw at one qualifying show.
- Riders can show up to 10 judges, but their top 6 are accounted for as their qualifying points. This gives the rider the opportunity to drop their 4 lowest rides.