Central Florida Equestrian magazine March 2010- Annual College & Summer Camp Issue

Annual College & Summer Camp Issue: What YOU should know if your college plans include a spot on the equestrian team (courtesy of; USHJA joins forces with the IHSA; Silver Creek Farm hosted the 70 Day Stallion Test- it's the only of its kind in the U.S; Denna Johnson's College Bound Invitational; UCF Hunt Seat team on the March 2010 cover!
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  Vol. 2, Issue 3, March 2010 FREE  Class Act Farm  offers campsfor all ages and ability levels.From our Young Riders, ages3-6, to the Eventing Camp thatincludes cross country schoolingand a three phase competition,Class Act Farm Campsemphasize fun with horses. Find more camp information on our website 2300 Coral Hills Road ApopkaFL 32703 407-832-2248  SPRING BREAK CAMP: Ages 7-16 March 29-April 2 SUMMER CAMPS: Young Riders- ages 3-6 June 28 - 30 and July 26 - 28Horse Lovers- ages 7-16 June 21 - 25 and July 19 - 23Eventing- Campers must be capable of walk/trot/canter/jump 2'July 5 - 10 and August 2 - 7 2. 410-804-5813  College & Summer Camp March Annual Issue Letter from the Editor  Life sometimes sweeps you up in a whirlwind and the things that are most importantquickly fall into order of priority- although in my recent experience it was a matter of choosing the best option given a seemingly impossible situation. Change isn’t alwayseasy but it is often good. For example, we (my husband, 4 year old son, parakeet, fishand previous neighbor’s cat) just bought a home and moved- a pain, definitely, but webought at a fantastic time and love our new place. Around the same time I waswinding up the February Stallion & Breeder issue AND looking for a new printer as I’dpromised to expand circulation- my local printer had reached their limit. I finallynarrowed down to 2 competitive quotes and proceeded to work with my first choice.On the day I should have gone to pre-press I had an awkward situation involving a$500 increase above my quotation and rather than deal with it professionally, the newvendor chose to walk away, leaving me without a printer. The following Monday Ifound that one of three companies called could turn around a new quote same dayand was ready to take my files within a few hours. They answered all my questions anddid their best to get the magazines printed and delivered as quickly as possible. Theyfinally arrived a week later than I wanted them but wow- they look and feel fantastic. Ihope you agree that it’s the best yet. You can find it at HITS if you know where to look(careful, it’s contraband), it’s around common areas at WEF and will go to TEF and of course all the regular retail locations and local shows.Happy & safe riding. Courtney Bass Weinzimer CF Equestrian Is a FREE MONTHLY publicationavailable at retail, service &show locations around Central,parts of North and soon S FL.If YOU are unable to find acopy please tell us where youshop or order your subscription.Annual Subscription Serviceavailable $30 yr 12 issuesdelivered first class mail to yourhome or $65 for up to 20delivered Priority mail to yourbarn~this option includes a FREEannual online listing in ourStable & Trainer section!Find past issues and see themost recent copy, sometimesbefore it prints atwww.cfequestrian.comJoin our membership area togain access to exclusive videos UCF Hunt Team’s currentcocaptain, Katie Taylor, showing herhorse Trilogy in the YoungerAdult Amateurs class at CFHJA overwinter break this year.Photo: David Mullinix Columns 12 Word from Wendy10 Quest for WEG Spotlight 4 Plan for College NOW6 FL girl on US Polocrosse Team8 USHJA joins forces with IHSA11 What is the ANRC?16 70 Day Stallion Test Departments 15 Opinions: Rollkur18 Show News~Winter Circuits20 Show News~ Local Circuits21 Prod & Service Directory22 Stable Directory23 Event Calendar Contact CFE Telephone: 410-804-5813Email; orsend ad materials toads@cfequestrian.comWeb: Publisher~Editor:Courtney Bass WeinzimerAdvertising Representative& Contributing Writer:Sally Harvey aka “The crazy pony lady”Copyright 2009-2010Central Florida EquestrianPrinted in the USA On the Cover 3. 410-804-5813  During the past several months I havebeen to many different horse showsfrom Florida to New York, these showshave encompassed everything from the“A” shows to schooling shows. Over thattime period I have had the opportunityto speak to many parents and ridersabout the college recruiting process. Iam hoping to clear up somemisconceptions in this article about thelevel of riders that make it onto thecollege teams.As far as the NCAA is concerned, it is truethat they are seeking the riders whocompete and do well at the 3'6” level.However, what many riders do notrealize is that not all of the mostsuccessful riders wish to ride for anNCAA school. Under NCAA rules theathlete must not be a professional, theNCAA designates an equestrianprofessional as one who wins prizemoney competing at a horse show. Thisincludes all of our successful “A” circuit junior hunter and jumper riders. Nowtechnically, if your horses show relatedexpenses including trainers, shipping,hotels and braiding etc offsets thesewinnings they will no longer count asprofit. However, it is the rider'sresponsibility to keep very accuraterecords throughout their high schoolyears so that they can prove that eachhorse show, taken individually, did notcreate a profit. Once an equestrianathlete has started college andthroughout each collegiate school year,that rider may accept zero prize moneyfrom the horse show. This rule willremain in effect as long as the athlete iscompeting for their college. I spokepersonally to some very prominenttrainers that told me that theirstudents would not even consider anNCAA school for this reason. Thisopens the door for the 3'6” rider whodoes not wish to compete on the “A”circuit while in college. For thisreason, do not sell your self shortthinking only the best Maclay ridersget recruited to NCAA schools, manyof the best riders have their eyes onan IHSA riding program or do not planon riding in college at all.As far as the IHSA teams areconcerned, they are looking for ridersfrom beginner walk trot through theadvanced riders. This is where manyparents and riders were surprised.They all assumed that only the “A”show kids would ever be recruited bya college riding team. When Iexplained that the beginner rider is just as important to the team as theadvanced rider in IHSA competitions,they were elated. Many of themnever even thought that their child,who has only shown at schoolingshows competing in the 2'6” division,should even consider trying out. Infact, these are just the types of ridersthat coaches are looking for. The IHSAcoach loves to find the veryexperienced local rider that justnever had the funds to burn up the“circuit”.So if you are interested in riding in oneof the college programs, you must beproactive in your approach to gettingnoticed by a college. If you are a hardworker in school and at the barn, eventhough you may not have tons of showexperience, go ahead and put a videotogether along with a resume and sendcopies individually to colleges that youare interested in. Another option is toprofile yourself, thenthru the recruiting web site contact thecolleges that you are interested in andbring to the coaches attention that youare profiled on the web site. Be sure tolet them know your year of graduationfrom high school and chosen disciplineso that it will be easy for them to findyou, or better yet send them your directpage link. Remember the coaches donot have the time or resources to scourthe country looking for good riderscompeting at schooling shows. Yes, theymay be at some of the “A” showscompeting with their teams and theymay be looking for talented riders.However, NCAA coaches cannotapproach you at a horse show unlessthey are certain of your age and thatinformation is often not available tothem in the show office because of privacy laws and they can not risk arecruiting violation. Many riderstherefore think “Oh well, I haven't beencontacted by any schools so I must notbe good enough”. It is your job as apotential recruit to make yourself known to the coaches.Another common misconception as tothe recruiting process is the recruitingtiming. Many high school athletes tendto wait until late in their junior year,some even waiting until senior year, Feature College Article:  Advice from 4. 410-804-5813
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