2023 Events: USEF Dressage Qualifying & Selection Processes

FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC)

August 8-13, 2023

Traverse City, Michigan

Qualifying period: July 26, 2022 – June 19, 2023
Selection Procedures and More Information
NEW for 2023: The FEI has approved the addition of the U25 category. USEF will publish information on qualifying and selection prior to the end of the year.


U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

August 20-27, 2023

HITS Chicago at Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Ill.

Application of Intent deadline: 11:59pm, ET on June 15, 2023
Qualifying Requirements and More Information
National Qualifying Calendar
CDI/CPEDI Calendar
Ranking Lists
Questions? Email festival@usef.org


FEI Dressage World Breeding Championships for Young Horses (Five-, Six-, and Seven-Year-Olds)

August 3-6, 2023

Ermelo, Netherlands

Qualifying period: January 1, 2023 – June 19, 2023
Selection Procedures and More Information


Pan American Games

October 20-November 5, 2023

Santiago, Chile

Qualifying period: September 15, 2022 – July 9, 2023
Selection Procedures and More Information




FEI Nations Cup Events and World Cup Final


FEI World Cup Final April 4-8, 2023, Omaha, Nebraska
FEI Nations Cup Competitions USA Dressage anticipates sending teams to:

Wellington CDIO3*/CDIOU25 (USA)

Feb. 22-26, 2023

Application Deadline: Feb. 6, 2023

Compiegne CDIO5* (FRA)

May 4-7, 2023

Application Deadline: March 21, 2023

Rotterdam CDIO5* (NED)

June 22-25, 2023

Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

Aachen CDIO5* (GER)

June 27-July 2, 2023

Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

Knokke CDIO4* (BEL)

July 5-9, 2023

Application Deadline: May 1, 2023

Falsterbo CDIO5* (SWE)

July 13-16, 2023

Application Deadline: June 19, 2023

Please note that some of these competitions that may be part of designated tours and warm-up competitions will be included. Please review the CDIO Memos and Selection Procedures found here.


The application for all CDIOs can be found under the Athlete Dashboard here.


2023 European U25 Tour:


Applications due March 21, 2023
Selection Procedures and More Information

2023 European Young Rider Tour:


Applications due Feb. 28, 2023
Selection Procedures and More Information



2023 Aachen CDI-Y

Applications due March 27, 2023
Selection Memo and More Information

2023 US Competitions

2023 USEF/NAYC Dressage Qualifying Calendar
2023 US CDI Calendar
Minimum entry requirements for athletes of USA FEI sport nationality entering CDIs can be found in Annex B, which is posted on the USEF website. Updates effective 12/01/2022.
IMPORTANT: If you intend to compete in a U.S. FEI competition, your entry must be submitted via the USEF FEI entry portal no later than 4 p.m. ET on the definite entry date. You can view definite entry dates for all FEI competitions in the USEF FEI entry portal. Late entries or changes to existing entries may be accepted after the definite entry date with the approval of the competition’s organizing committee no later than 4 p.m. ET on the last date for substitutions as stated on the FEI schedule. Late entries are subject to a $75 late entry fee and should be sent to feientries@usef.org.

USEF Dressage Program Pathway

Please review the planned sessions and events for the USEF Dressage Program Pathway found on the 2023 USEF Dressage Program Calendar (subject to changes).


The USEF Dressage Program member lists are updated on a rolling basis with new combinations being added or being removed. To view each program membership list, please visit the USEF Dressage Program Pathway page. If you have any questions, please contact the USEF Dressage Department.


New for 2023 are the USEF Dressage Program Clinics. The USEF Dressage Program Clinics are a new educational opportunity for youth athletes, U25, and young horses through the Grand Prix level. The purpose of these clinics is to serve as talent scouting as an initiative of the Program Pathway. These clinics are taught by top U.S. coaches who are members of the USEF Dressage Coaches Support Network. For more information, including how to apply, please visit the USEF Website here.

Reminder: New Dressage Tests, Dressage Rule Changes, Presidential Modifications

The new dressage tests for 2023 from Introductory through Fourth Level, Developing Horse, and Freestyle are now available. These tests are effective as of December 1, 2022, and are replacing the 2019 tests. The new dressage tests can be found on the USDF website.


The 2023 USEF Dressage Rulebook is now available and can be found here. Among the major updates that are effective as of December 1, 2022, are the following:


DR120 Dress: Language has been added to clarify that coats and jackets with a discreet stretch/breathable panel in black or the same color as the garment are permitted.
DR121 Saddlery and Equipment: Brand marks or non-sponsor logos not exceeding 50 cm2 are permitted on saddle pads.
DR121 Saddlery and Equipment: The center link in a double-jointed snaffle must be smooth and curved on all surfaces as in a lozenge-shaped link. Dr. Bristol and French link bits are not allowed.


US Equestrian Dressage has also extended several COVID-19 Related Rule Modifications for the 2023 Competition year. The modifications initially made because of COVID-19 have proved beneficial for the discipline and improved competition operations for management, as well as competitors. These modifications will be in place until standard rule changes for the 2024 competition year can take effect. The full list of presidential modifications can be found here.


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