LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Aug. 20–Jeremy Steinberg, successful from Young Rider to Grand Prix, has been appointed the inaugural U.S. Equestrian Federation National Dressage Youth Coach.
Jeremy, 34, of Kirkland, Washington, was a 1996 North American Junior/Young Rider gold medalist and later competed at Grand Prix international levels, including the U.S. League Finals for the World Cup.
USEF Youth Dressage Programs are currently under development but, as in Europe, are seen as a critical link in the pipeline for development of future U.S. team riders.
“The National Youth Coach needs to help develop the next generation of riders, trainers, teachers, and knowledgeable supporters to insure that dressage sport flourishes,” Jeremy said. “My vision for the USEF National Youth Coach role is to be part of a system which can produce riders and horses from the very basic level all the way up to international superstar riders and trainers, producing along the way those teachers who can bring success for generations to come. I see that in our future, believe in that goal, and I look forward to working with USEF to make that a reality.”
Through an open application process conducted in the spring and summer, Jeremy was selected from a pool of international candidates. As the newest and youngest member of the USEF dressage coaching staff, he will work extensively with Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons and the USEF Dressage Committee to design a youth program.
Jayne Ayers, chairwoman of the USEF Dressage Committee, said, “I am confident that Jeremy will bring the energy and enthusiasm we need to build programs which promote the best education and opportunities for our youth.”
“I am delighted to have a youth coach in place,” Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons said. “And I look forward to the development of these programs and to working with Jeremy.”
Jeremy conducts clinics almost every weekend around the country and works extensively with Junior and Young Riders on the West Coast. During this year’s NAJYRC in Lexington, Kentucky, he was awarded the inaugural “Albers Award,” named for Patsy Albers , presented to the dressage chef d’equipe demonstrating extraordinary dedication, enthusiasm and team spirit.
“The youth riders are our future, whether it’s as international level competitors or local horse trainers,” he said. “Proponents of the sport know that we need a steady stream of new and upcoming riders and trainers who are well educated in all things to do with the horse, not just riding dressage tests. It is our responsibility to find a way to create an environment and system where younger riders and professionals in the United States are groomed for the future and given the tools to better themselves and exceed our expectations.”