The University of Findlay’s English equestrian program will be helping to identify America’s top young riders this summer. From Aug. 23-26, UF’s James L. Child Equestrian Complex will be the site of the Zone 5 Regional Clinic for the Emerging Athlete Program (EAP). The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) developed the EAP to provide opportunities for young riders to advance their education and become knowledgeable horsemen within the hunter/jumper community.
Twenty-four riders, ages 21 and under, have been selected to participate in the Zone 5 Clinic after completing a rigorous application process through the USHJA. All hopefuls must demonstrate their experience and involvement in the hunter/jumper industry, including show-ring and employment history, as well as future goals.
Recommendations, outside interests and scholastic achievements also are considered.
Participants at 10 regional clinics throughout the nation will be vying for one of 16 spots in the National Training Session, scheduled for Nov. 15 in Gurnee, Ill. Selection of these 16 top riders will be based on riding and stable management skills, written test results and potential shown during the clinics.
Three equestrians from The University of Findlay have already received invitations to the Zone 5 Clinic. Sophomores Moira Rosenbaum, Brittany Veninger and Kelsy Maguire will join 21 other riders in August. Rosenbaum and Veninger will be riding their own horses, while Maguire will participate on a horse owned by the University.
Riders and horses in the regional clinics will be instructed on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as intensive stable management curriculum that will incorporate proper care and grooming, horsemanship skills and barn management.
Area horsemen are welcome to audit the four-day clinic at no charge. To reserve a spot, contact Betsy Martindale at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-434-6256.