Participants will get to experience a day in the life of a Skyhawk equestrian. The clinic will include an opportunity to ride horses that the team uses for practices and competitions, as well as instruction from the coaching staff. Athletes will gain knowledge on what to expect as a student athlete and the requirements to be eligible for NCAA. We will also explore the different formats available in collegiate equestrian.
This equestrian clinic is open to ages 14-18. Athletes will choose to participate in either the hunter seat or western discipline. It is recommended that hunt-seat athletes be able to jump a course of 2’6” comfortably and have experience showing in the USEF. Western athletes should have show experience within the AQHA and/or the NRHA or an equivalent breed association.
The cost of the clinic is $400. Lunch will be provided to participants. Due to limited space, a 100% nonrefundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Housing is not provided.
Hunt seat participants are required to wear an ASTM approved helmet. Boots and breeches with a well fitted shirt are preferred for hunter seat. Western riders should wear a flat leather or rubber soled boot with jeans and a well fitted shirt. Horses and equipment (saddles, etc.) are also provided.
The Ned R. McWherter Agricultural Complex will house the clinic. The 82, 000 square foot building includes a 24, 000 square foot indoor arena and seating for 3,200 people. There is a 185-stall barn adjacent to the complex.
Graves Stables is the home of UT Martin horses. The stables include 10 stalls, 3 wash racks and 3 tack rooms. There are approximately 30 acres of turnout, which includes 7 paddocks. A 250 x 150 outdoor arena is adjacent to the barn.
Kim Leiter is in her seventh season coaching the Skyhawks and second as the teams head coach. She was recently voted Eastern College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, becoming the first recipient of that award in school history. She has developed seven of the program’s 11 All-Americans and has mentored 14 all-conference performers, four conference Riders of the Year and four conference Freshmen of the Year during her UT Martin tenure. She has over 30 years of proven success in the equestrian field. A credentialed AQHA and NSBA judge. During her collegiate riding career, she was the 1990 ISHA national champion in hunt seat equitation and was a finalist in horsemanship for the University of Findlay.
Caitlin Marshall is in her first season coaching the Jumping seat squad for the Skyhawks and her sixth season as a NCEA coach. She comes to UT Martin from Fresno State, where she oversaw 289 individual Bulldog victories and 53 MOP's, coaching four All-Americans and 11 all-conference performers. Fresno State qualified for the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championships in each year the event was held during her tenure. She spent her collegiate career at Fresno State competing for the team from 2007-2011 and was part of a Bulldog program that was a four-time qualifier for the Varsity National Championship. Following her career as a student-athlete, she worked as an assistant trainer where she rode sale horses and coached many riders from their short stirrup years all the way to the medals arena.
The Skyhawk Equestrian Team will serve as counselors and demonstration riders.
Kim Leiter, Head Coach, Kleiter1@utm.edu 731-881-7261