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Date: June 25-26, 2018
Time: Check-in: 9:00AM at Ag Pavilion // Camp: 9:00AM-4:00PM; 9:00AM-Noon
Clinic Cost: $300 per camper
Ages of campers: 14-18 years old
Contacts for the Camp: Meghan Cunningham, Head Equestrian Coach; 731-881-7273
***Please have your insurance card available for registration***
Experience a day in the life of a Skyhawk Equestrian. This opportunity will introduce riders to team horses used for practice and competitions as well as work hands-on with the coaching staff. Participant will gain knowledge on NCAA eligibility and format as well as other formats available at the collegiate level. To conclude, riders will compete in a mock head-to-head competition. Open to riders ages 14-18. Athletes will need to choose to participate in either hunter seat or western discipline with a focus on equitation, horsemanship or reining. Athletes need to be able to jump a course of 2’6” and have experience competing in USEF or AQHA/NRHA or 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.
Cost is $300. Lunch is provided for riders. Additional lunches are available for $15 each. Housing not provided.
Ned R. McWherter Agricultural Complex serves as the competition site for the UT Martin Equestrian Team and is an 82,000 square foot building with 24, 000 square foot arena space and seating for 3,200. Graves Stables is the home of the UT Martin horses and includes a 10 stall barn and approximately 50 acres of turnout with an adjacent 125 x 225 outdoor arena
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.