WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016, Columbus, Ohio -- The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), in partnership with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), has created a new horsemanship clinic series called CORE (Cultivating Our Riders' Education). These clinics will offer enhanced opportunities to educate students in grades 6-12 and college riders about horsemanship and riding in a draw-based (catch-ride) format.
Each CORE clinic will include instruction and testing in stable management and equine care, as well as mounted riding instruction. Mounted instruction will emphasize draw-based/catch-riding techniques. In addition, nationally acclaimed equine instructors will give general instruction on equitation and riding skills.
Riding spots for the clinic are for USHJA Active, USHJA Collegiate or USHJA Scholastic Members (IEA and USHJA Members) who compete at the Intermediate or Open levels. Auditing for the clinics must be reserved in advance and is free to any IEA or USHJA Members. Non-members may be charged a fee for auditing the clinic.
"We are pleased to work with IEA to offer CORE clinics," said Kevin Price, executive director of USHJA. "They aim to give riders educational opportunities that focus on what's most important in and out of the tack, and we believe expanding educational opportunities like this to riders of all skill levels benefits the entire sport."
The IEA and USHJA are planning on four of the clinics in the 2016-year. USHJA Certified Trainers will facilitate each clinic. The four upcoming clinics are:
Jamaica Bay Riding Academy -- Brooklyn, New York -- June 25 - 26
Clinic Instructor: Christopher P. Mitchell - Director of Riding and Equestrian Head Coach at Randolph College, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Director-at-Large, and National Hunter Seat Horse Selection Committee Chairman
Gardertown Farm -- Newburgh, New York -- August 16-18
Clinic Instructor: Sloan Milstein, Ed.D. - USEF Steward, IEA Steward, Post University's Academic Equine Program Advisor, Assistant Clinical Sports Management Professor at Texas A&M, former NCEA and IHSA Coach, Author "High School Equestrian's Guide to College Riding."
Otterbein University -- Westerville, Ohio -- October 8-9
Clinic Instructor: Melanie Smith Taylor - Triple Crown of Show Jumping Winner, US Olympic Committee's "Sportswoman of the Year", Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Olympic Games Gold Medalist, Equestrian Television Broadcaster, and Certified Hunt Seat Clinician and Judge.
Ethel Walker School -- Simsbury, Connecticut -- November 5-6
Clinic Instructor: Rita Timpanaro - Equine Expert Witness and Consultant, USEF "R" Judge, Certified Senior Equine Appraiser, and USHJA Certified Trainer and Clinician.
More information on all of these clinics will be on IEA's website as soon as available.
Roxane Lawrence, IEA co-founder/executive director stated, "We were so impressed with the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program (EAP), that we thought it a great idea to offer a similar program to our young riders while including one of our valued partner programs, the IHSA. Of course, none of this would be possible without the tremendous support of the USHJA."
About the IEA:
Founded in 2002, the IEA has more than 12,500 middle and high school student-riders across the United States. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sportsprograms, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. For more information, please view the IEA website at www.rideiea.org
The United States Hunter Jumper Association, as the official hunter/jumper affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation, is a competition-based sportsorganization that serves our members through educational programs, awards, and recognition, communication and rules. USHJA provides a wide array of programs for all hunter/jumper levels and is mindful of the well being of our equine partners. Additionally, we are committed to preserving the history of our sport and through our Foundation we support charitable and benevolent services. For more information, please visit www.ushja.org