April 11, 2021

Is Horseback Riding a Sport?

mainHighSchoolHorseback Riding is a sport…….Right?  Well the definition of a sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others.  Ok, let’s check.  Physical exertion?  Check!  When was the last time you did not break a sweat or feel muscle fatigue after a riding a horse?  Skill?  Check!  The first time you rode a horse or pony; did you canter or jump around a 3 ft course?  If you did, you are a riding prodigy.  The most common answer would be no.  We have to learn the techniques and skills to stay on, ask our horse properly to pick up the correct leads, and so much more.  Competes against others?  Check!  A Horse show is a judged exhibition of horses and ponies that usually includes competition in riding, driving, and jumping.  Great Scott, Horseback riding is a sport.

Wait a second. If riding is a sport then why not earn the recognition you deserve while in High school like other athletes?  YOU CAN!

The new High School Equestrian Athlete program is open to equestrian athletes in all breeds or disciplines who are enrolled in grades 9-12.  The program runs June 1 – May 31 of each year.
STEP ONE: Become a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and apply for the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete Program.
STEP TWO:  Each year you will need 100 recorded hours of riding, as well as three competitions.  That sounds like fun!
STEP THREE: Submit verification of your training hours and competitions, along with proof of high school enrollment.
STEP FOUR:  Upon completion, you will be sent a Certificate of Achievement and awarded emblems and/or pins that are designed to be worn on existing high school Letterman jackets, or any jacket of the athlete’s choosing, as a symbol of achievement.

For more information visit USEF

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