UC San Diego team riders enjoy themselves at an IHSA competition.
College Equestrian Clinic
Saturday, Dec. 3 in Temecula
The path to and the opportunities to ride in college will be discussed in this free clinic organized by high school equestrian association, the Scholastic Equestrian League. Held concurrent with University of California San Diego’s hosting of an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition at Galway Downs Dec. 3-4, the clinic will enable younger riders and their parents to ask questions of those currently competing for their college teams. The UCSD/IHSA show will host 12 college and university teams.
Starting Saturday at 11am, the session begins with a tour through the team tents. “We typically speak with riders during the walk to hear where they’re from, why they chose this school, what their riding experience was as an incoming freshman and the pros and cons of collegiate riding,” explains SEL’s Noelle Roberts. “Parents can speak with the collegiate parents who typically share tips on the college prep process.”
Coaches will give a short speech during the lunch break on what they look for in an applicant on the personal side as well as their riding ability when faced with the challenge of riding an unfamiliar horse without a warm-up round before entering the ring for competition.
In addition, career counselor Tony Morrow will present information about the college selection and comparison process for parents and students. And there’s much to be learned by simply watching the IHSA competitors in action. Per the league’s format, riders from all schools will draw for their mounts, all provided by the host school.
Noelle encourages trainers especially to get on board with this free chance to help their students continue the sport in college. Volunteers are also sought!
For more information, contact the SEL at
The No Show
Saturday, Dec. 10 in San Juan Capistrano
In this pleasant break between high stakes horse showing, Blenheim EquiSports offers their increasingly popular “No Show.” It’s schooling rounds over A-show jumps and courses, with tracks for .70M to 1.40M, and more heights if time allows. It’s $25 a round for those who convey their intent to participate by Dec. 5, and $30 per round to pay on the day-of. All the normal horse show fees are non-existent.
For more info, visit www.showpark.com.
Las Vegas High Rollers CDIW & Open Show
Jan. 4-7 in Las Vegas
This new dressage competition will host a CDIW with CDI divisions for small tour, Jr, YR, U25, Ponies, Children and Adult Amateurs, in addition to a world class open show at the South Point Casino facility in Las Vegas. The judges will include Martin Richenhagen and Peter Engel of Germany, Isobell Wessels of Great Britain, Francis Verbeek-von Rooy of the Netherlands and Michael Osinski and Natalie Lamping of the United States. An S judge from the United States will also be part of the national panel.
For more information, visit www.2whitefeet.com.
Editor’s Note: If you’d like a refresher on what all the above acronyms stand for, see the explanation of CDI competition in this month’s Dressage Life column.
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