The Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Program plays an important role in developing top Jumping riders by encouraging Junior and Young Riders to develop the skills that lay the groundwork for future international successes. It addresses the principle that form follows function and that it is important for a rider to have equitation basics and a solid jumper seat position in order to become an effective jumper rider. The Talent Search program fosters this tradition in U.S. Jumping and builds on preparing the next generation of international jumping riders.
The Program consists of qualifying classes held across the country and the annual Finals held each autumn. A unique feature of the Talent Search Program, there is a Final held on each coast: the Finals East is held at the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ and the Finals West is held at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals attracts the nation’s top Junior and Young Riders and former winners have gone on to great success in international Show Jumping competition. Over the course of multiple phases of competition, culminating in a head-to-head competition among the top entrants, the Finals are carefully orchestrated to test the entrant’s skills in the show jumping arena.