West Palm Beach, Fla. – Dec. 30, 2018 – The USHJA Gold Star Clinic East completed an educational week with numerous presentations by experts in the equestrian sport combined with riding sessions taught by distinguished grand prix rider/trainer, Richard Spooner of Glendale, California. Twenty riders qualified for the Gold Star East Clinic through the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider program and the Zone Jumper Team Championships, held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, December 27-30, 2018.
Sunday featured a Gold Star Team Competition with seven teams at heights of 1.10m, 1.20m and 1.30m vying for the top honors. Guest Chef d’Equipes included Lillie Keenan, Hardin Towell and Anne Kursinski, USEF Chef d’Equipe of Development, with DiAnn Langer, USEF Youth Chef d’Equipe/USHJA Show Jumping Technical Advisor, also taking on a team. Spooner provided feedback after each round for the riders, assessing their progress during the clinic. Erin Keating, USHJA Director of Sport and USEF R judge, served as the official and scorekeeper for the event.
Gold Star East Team
1st – Team 3 – Chef d’Equipe Hardin
Sydney Stephenson, Cameron Tague and Cathleen Driscoll
2nd – Team 2 – Chef d’Equipe Lillie Keenan
Greer Campbell, Heidi Crappell, Cameron Tague
3rd -Team 5 – Chef d’Equipe Lillie Keenan
Addison Reed, Jennie Edwards and Darian Smith
Erin Keating, USHJA Director of Sport and USEF R judge, served as the official and scorekeeper for the event. The winning team participated in a press conference as part of their media training with Brenda Mueller/Marketing4Equestrians, during the clinic.
Caring for the Equine Athlete – Barn Manager Colleen Reed
The Importance of Pedigree – Jean Yves Tola, founder of the Young Horse Show Series and Executive Director of Studbook Selle Francais North America, and young horse judge, Jos Sevriens
Proper Flatwork for the Younger Horse – Anne Kursinski
Sport Horse Lameness, How Conformation and Competition Schedule Impacts
Soundness – Dr. Geoff Vernon, USEF Team Veterinarian
Diagnostic Imaging – World recognized Equine Diagnostic Imaging expert Natasha Werpy, DVM, DACVR
The Pre Purchase Exam – Dr. Geoff Vernon
The Show Jumping Athlete Pathway – Anne Kursinski, USEF Chef d’Equipe of Development, with DiAnn Langer, USEF Youth Chef d’Equipe/USHJA Show Jumping Technical Advisor
No Foot No Horse, by expert high performance farrier and horseman Billy Liggett
Dissecting the Course – Steve Stephens
Media Training: Branding, Sponosors and Interview Skills – Brenda Mueller/Marketing4Equestrians
Panel Discussion with five time Olympic rider Anne Kusinski, Dr. Vernon, Richard Spooner, Lillie Keenan, and Hardin Towell
Riding sessions with top grand prix rider Richard Spooner included:
This is the first of three Gold Star Clinics being offered this year. The USHJA Gold Star Clinic-West Coast will be held at HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, Calif., and is scheduled for January 16-20, 2019, and the USHJA Gold Star Clinic-Central will be held at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio, April 16-20, 2019.
USHJA extends special thanks to:
The Ridge furnished the jumps
WEG star jump loaned by RushWeeden/Brookwood Farm and Diane Carney/Telluride
Day Dream Farm and Vinessa Blann of Loxahatchee, Florida, for Claas C Obolensky, owned by Jane Musselman
Virginia Bartholomay for Cassanova 30
Linda Wirtz and Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
Desert Horse Park
World Equestrian Center
Booth Show Jumpers.
This program was developed and is led by the dedicated volunteers of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Task Force: Larry Langer, chair, Jeff Campf, Diane Carney, Matt Cyphert, David Distler, Kim Land, DiAnn Langer, Marnye Langer, Charlotte Skinner-Robson and Sandra Ruiz.
Volunteer, Diane Carney, coordinates the clinics.
Click here for a complete list of riders in the Gold Star East.
For more information on the program visit USHJA.org.
FROM THE RIDERS
On why they came back for a second time after participating in 2017:
Rider Caymen Szeda, 16
“I really like the educational part of it. Not a lot of other clinics off the on the ground portion like the farrier and the vet. I really also like the riding portion and how Richard Spooner transmits his information to the students. I thought it was a really great experience overall. There was a lot of new stuff this year. I would come back again.”
Sheila Sadighi – Amateur
“Why wouldn’t I?! It’s an honor and a privilege to be here. At this point in my riding, I want all the information I can get. All the experts are right here.”
“It’s fantastic when I work with these riders because I get little glimpses of the future of the sport. I really enjoy being a part of the process.”
“I wish there was something like this when I was younger. I think it would be amazing to get all the experts together across the world and do this. Think about the amount of experience and education that would bring to everyone in the sport.”