Emphasis on Equitation on the flat and fences, Western Horsemanship and Reining
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Clinic Cost: $200 per rider
**Before proceeding with registration, please make sure you have your insurance card available.**
Deadline for registration: November 3, 2017
Meghan Cunningham, Head Equestrian Coach; 731-881-7273
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 per 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.
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 250x150 outdoor arena is adjacent to the barn.
Meghan Cunningham was named the University of Tennessee Martin’s first head equestrian coach in the spring of 2005. Cunningham helped transition equestrian at the university from club to varsity sport. The UT Martin equestrian team made the most of its inaugural season, earning a berth in the 2007 Championship show in Waco, Texas. The team has been selected to participate in their National Championship every year since the programs existence and has advanced through first round play several times.
Prior to joining the Skyhawk family Cunningham was an assistant coach at Kansas State University for four years. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Cunningham received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 2001 and her master’s degree from Kansas State in 2004, both in animal science. Her graduate work centered on the development and promotion of varsity equestrian.
Kim Leiter brings 20 years of proven success in the equestrian field to UT Martin. She was formerly the owner and trainer of HiLite Show Horses in Moorpark, Calif. and is an AQHA credentialed judge with experience in nationally recognized AQHA, NSBA, NCEA and IHSA competitions. She has extensive hands-on experience coaching riders, mentoring staff and training horses in the Midwest and Southern California areas to achieve World and Congress Championship with her clientele. Leiter received her bachelor’s degree in equestrian studies and elementary education from the University of Findlay while earning her Master’s degree in adult education and training from the University of Phoenix, Arizona.
The Skyhawk Equestrian Team will serve as counselors & demonstration riders.