Clinic Information Coming Soon
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 $300. 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 has recently been named ECAC head coach of the year. She has over 30 years of proven success in the equestrian field. A credentialed AQHA and NSBA judge, she has coached clients to AQHA World Championship and Top-10 titles in multiple events. 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.
Mykaela Waterfield is currently the interim Jumping Seat coach at UT Martin. She competed for the Skyhawks from 2011-2015 where she earned All-American Accolades on the flat and was a starter fences. Mykaela grew up competing in the USEF hunter/jumpers. She catch-rode for most of her junior career, competing in the hunter and jumper divisions but focusing mostly on equitation. She also competed in AQHA and APHA shows, ultimately earning world championship honors.
The Skyhawk Equestrian Team will serve as counselors and demonstration riders.
Kim Leiter, Head Coach, Kleiter1@utm.edu 731-881-7261