May 2, 2017, Columbus, Ohio – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), in partnership with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), initiated a new horsemanship clinic series called CORE (Cultivating Our Riders' Education) in 2016. Beginning in June, the program will continue this year. These clinics offer enhanced opportunities to educate students in grades 6-12 and college riders about horsemanship and riding in a draw-based (catch-ride) format.

Each CORE clinic will include instruction and testing in stable management and equine care, as well as mounted riding instruction. Mounted instruction will emphasize draw-based/catch riding techniques. In addition, nationally acclaimed equine instructors will give general instruction on equitation and riding skills. Previous CORE clinicians have included USHJA Certified Trainer and Clinician and USEF "R" Judge Rita Timpanaro, Gold medal Olympian, Sportsman of the Year, and Equestrian Television Broadcaster, Melanie Smith Taylor and Christopher P. Mitchell, Head Coach at Randolph College and IHSA Director, as well as others.

Riding spots for the clinics are for USHJA Active, USHJA Collegiate or USHJA Scholastic Members and IEA Members who compete at the Intermediate or Open levels. Auditing for the clinics must be reserved in advance and is free to any IEA or USHJA Members. Non-members may be charged a fee for auditing the clinic. The first two CORE clinics in 2017 are as follows:

June 23 – 25, 2017 at The University of Findlay in the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex located in Findlay, Ohio. The lead clinician will be Elaine Schott, USHJA Certified Trainer and co-owner of River Mountain Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Schott brings more than 37 years of professional experience as a trainer, clinician, lecturer, and coach and serves as a member a member of the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Program Committee and originally conceived the idea of the USHJA HQC Program. She has served on the USHJA Zone 5 Committee since the USHJA began. Schott has also trained very successful riders who have won National Championships.

July 28 – 30, 2017 at The Jaeckle Centre in Thompson's Station, Tennessee. The lead clinician will be Candice King, a USHJA Certified Trainer. A renowned equestrian with a long and very successful international career, King is on the distinguished list of TCP Approved Clinicians. She is also an active member of the USHJA Jumper Working Group, as well as the USEF Jumper Committee and the High Performance Show Jumping Eligible Athletes Committee.

A third clinic is approved at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas. Additional details will be announced when the date and clinician are confirmed.

"We are pleased to work with IEA to continue to offer CORE clinics," said Kevin Price, Executive Director of USHJA. "They aim to give riders educational opportunities that focus on what is most important in and out of the tack, and we believe expanding educational opportunities like this to riders of all skill levels benefits the entire sport."

Roxane Durant, IEA Co-Founder/Executive Director states, "Following the success of the CORE Clinics last year, we feel strongly about the continuation of this program for our young riders. We greatly value our association with USHJA and IHSA and none of this would be possible without their tremendous support."

The USHJA offers the USHJA Scholastic Membership exclusively to IEA members for $15. Visit www.ushja.org/membership to join.

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