New USHJA/IHSA College Equestrian Lettering Program
October 7, 2011
Lexington, KY- Who says all the fun and sense of pride from lettering in your favorite sport has to end after High School? The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) in partnership with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) is proud to offer the USHJA/IHSA College Equestrian Lettering Program to our collegiate members.
Eddie Federwisch, an IHSA Board member, suggested the program stating that it was “long overdue for College riders to receive the same type of recognition on their campuses that other varsity athletes do.” USHJA CEO, Shelby French agreed with Federwisch’s sentiment. ”College riding has come a long way in the past several years yet it is amazing how many people on college campuses aren’t aware of the college’s riding team. This type of program could go a long way toward enlightening and encouraging support of the teams.” The new program will be open to all full time undergraduate students attending a two or four year college or university. Students must also be current members in good standing with both the IHSA and USHJA- this can be under the categories of Active, Associate, Collegiate, Outreach, or Life. The college or university must be an IHSA member in good standing as well.
The dates of the program will run June 1st through May 31st of the USEF calendar year, however the inaugural year will run August 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012. Students must complete at least one hundred (100) hours of equestrian training during the program dates. Hours can be accumulated via riding lessons, practice rides, team practices, clinics, and competitions. Collegiate riders must compete in a minimum of two IHSA horse shows during the program length. Students are also required to participate in at least two of any of the following events during the program dates:
• USEF Hunter Jumper Competitions
• USHJA Outreach Competitions
• State of Local horse show association sanctioned events
• IHSA Regional, Zone, or National horse show
• USHJA Equine Apprentice Program
• USHJA Affiliated Clinic
• USHJA Emerging Athletes Program
• USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic or Symposium (as rider or auditor)
• USHJA Zone Clinic (as rider or auditor)
• IHSA Equus Examination
• USHJA Annual Meeting
Interested scholars can register at the USHJA web site, www.ushja.org under USHJA/IHSA College Equestrian Lettering Program (CELP). The completed registration along with the appropriate fee payment must be processed by USHJA before moving on to the next phase. USHJA will send each student instructions regarding proper use of the online CELP Participation Log Book. Please note that previous competitions or events the student was involved in prior to receiving access to the online Participation Log Book will not be counted toward the program requirements. Once completed, the Log Book and all associated documentation must be submitted to USHJA before May 31st of the current program year. Students who successfully complete the program will be presented a USHJA CELP patch and USHJA pin to adorn their favorite letterman jacket. Equestrian Athletes enrolled in the program can also purchase a special Varsity jacket and other CELP merchandise through www.shopUSHJA.com.
For more information and applications for this exciting program please visit the USHJA web site, www.ushja.org.
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