How to Apply to Become an RDF Young Equestrian

The Rama Dressage Foundation (RDF) offers enriching opportunities for international equestrians to gain valuable experience in the United States through its varied Equestrian Experience programs. These programs provide hands-on training and professional development across different areas of the equestrian industry, including breeding, young horse development, farrier skills, grooming, and comprehensive equestrian training. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to apply for an RDF Equestrian Experience in the U.S.

Step 1: Understand the Equestrian Experience Programs

RDF offers several specialized training programs designed to address the needs of distinct sectors within the equestrian industry:

  • Breeding Farm Training Program
  • Young Horse Development Training Program
  • Equine Farrier Training Program
  • Equestrian Groom Training Program
  • Young Equestrian Training Program

Each program is crafted to provide extensive training and practical experience in its respective field.

Step 2: Check Eligibility Requirements

Ensure you meet the following eligibility criteria before applying:

  • Experience: Applicants must have at least 5 years of training or relevant experience in the equestrian industry.
  • Education: A relevant educational background or certifications in equestrian studies are preferred.
  • Language Proficiency: Proficiency in English is required for effective communication and training.
  • Physical Fitness: Applicants should be physically fit to manage demanding equestrian tasks.
  • Visa Requirements: Applicants must be eligible to apply for a J-1 visa.
Step 3: Gather Required Documents

Prepare the necessary documents for your application:

  • Copy of passport
  • Professional resume or CV
  • Certificates of equestrian training and accomplishments
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
Step 4: Complete the Application Form

You can find and complete the Equestrian Experience application form here on our website. The form will require basic information, details of your equestrian experience, educational background, program objectives, health and safety information, visa and legal details, references, and additional information.

Step 5: Indicate Interest in Open Positions

During your application, you will have the chance to specify which open positions interest you. Review the available positions detailed on our site and select those that align with your skills and objectives. Provide a rationale for each chosen position and any other preferences or considerations.

Step 6: Submit the Application

After completing the application form and compiling all required documents, submit your application directly through this website. Ensure that all information is accurate and complete to avoid delays in processing.

Step 7: Interview and Selection Process

Following your application submission, RDF will review it and align you with suitable positions based on your qualifications and interests. You may be contacted for an interview to discuss your experience and aspirations further. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance and given instructions for subsequent steps, including the visa application process.

Step 8: Pay the Application Fee

A small application fee is required once you are matched with a Partner Organization. Prompt payment of this fee is necessary to secure your placement. Payment details will be provided upon matching.

Step 9: Prepare for Your Equestrian Experience

If accepted, you will receive comprehensive details about your Equestrian Experience, including your training program, accommodations, and other logistics. Complete all necessary preparations, including securing your J-1 visa, before traveling to the U.S.

By following these steps, you can embark on a rewarding and transformative Equestrian Experience in the United States through RDF.

How to Apply to Become an RDF Young Equestrian