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Draft of Hunter Seat Equitation Standards

Thursday, March 17, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Instruction Committee
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Hello to all current RSs.

Please find attached, a DRAFT copy of both the D and the C Hunter Seat Equitation standard.

Please keep in mind that these are only DRAFTS of the standards and that they must still be voted on, and approved by the BOG.

John Wurzler, current VP of Instruction, Kevin Bowie and I thought that your upcoming RS seminar would be a good opportunity for you all to discuss and ask questions about the standards. Again, let me say, these are only in DRAFT form and have not been approved.

Kevin Bowie and I, both graduate A's and current NE's have spent over two years working on these standards.

We believe they will enable us to reach a group of young people who have the potential of being future pony clubbers.

How many of you as RS's have lost valid members in your regions because they were horse show riders and their style limited them from progressing much past theD level?

Kevin and I have had extensive conversations with horse show trainersacross the country and they are very excited about having the Pony Club curriculum in their barns without compromising the training that goes into a good equitation rider.

This standard could also increase the number of Pony ClubCenters across the country. Hunter equitation barns are full of young riders who would benifit from the Pony Club horse management curriculum. With time, these riders would be the feeder program for the Show Jumping specialty track. They would also be the riders who would increase the numbers at our show jumping rallies.

When reading the standards, you'll notice that there are very few changes. The main differences include the type of position used and the verbage used whendescribing the requirements.

Similar to the language used,in the traditional D and C level standards, as related to the "basic balance position"the language used to describe the Hunter Seat Equitationpositionis very clear and comes directly from the USEF rulebook, Chapter EQ, Equitation Division, SubchapterEQ-2, Position.

I hope you will take the time to read the standards prior to your meeting. But again, they are only in DRAFT form and are subject to change, if and when they are accepted by the BOG.

I know John Wurzler will be at your meeting and will be happy to field any questions you might have.

Thanks for reading,

Deb Willson



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