Lexington, Ky.—May 12, 2020—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to offer a series of virtual riding clinics for members and non-members as a way to continue their riding education and horsemanship, while safely practicing social distancing. Hunter, Jumper and Equitation clinics will be held, offering members an opportunity to receive at-home exercises and feedback from industry experts. Complimentary auditing is also available.
“We are excited to offer new virtual clinics to help all equestrians stay safely engaged in horsemanship and learning during these unprecedented times,” said Mary Babick, president of the USHJA. “USHJA leadership and staff are working hard to create added value to members during this time of suspended competition, and we hope members will take advantage of this opportunity.”
Modeled after a traditional two-day mounted in-person clinic, USHJA Virtual Clinics are open to horses and ponies ridden by juniors, amateurs and professionals. The clinics will be held over two days, each one week apart. Prior to the clinic, riders will be assigned flatwork and jumping exercises to film and submit for the clinician to provide tips and feedback for improvement via a Zoom video meeting. Riders will then have one week to implement feedback and complete additional assigned flatwork and jumping exercises to film and submit prior to the final session.
The Hunter Clinic will be led by renowned Hunter rider and USEF ‘R’ Hunter, Hunter Breeding and Hunter/Jumping Seat Equitation judge Chris Wynne beginning May 28-29 with the second session held June 4-5. Leading clinician and trainer Jeff Cook will conduct the Jumper Clinic beginning June 8-9 and ending June 15-16. Equitation clinic dates and clinician will be announced soon.
Clinics will be offered for Hunters, Jumpers or Equitation from 2’ to 1.20m fence heights. Clinic groups will be semi-private groups of four to six riders. Registration is $100 for USHJA members and $150 for non-members. Auditing is complimentary with a suggested donation to the USHJA Foundation. Registration is first come, first served.
For more information and to register, visit ushja.org/VirtualClinics.
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