The Triple Crown Junior Young Rider PRO Scholarship Program focuses on the education and mentorship of juniors and young riders participating in competitions at the training level. The objective is to offer deserving riders, the opportunity to train with a PRO professional based on their merit within these scholarship guidelines. The program will takes place at designated events associated with PRO on both the east and west coasts.
The purpose of the Triple Crown JYR PRO Scholarship Program is to spot upcoming talent, based on set criteria and provide an opportunity to train in a PRO rider’s high performance program, with minimal financial burden, for one week. The goal of the program is to encourage training level junior and young riders to strive to become more competent earlier in their careers, by offering them an attainable and very attractive goal. Ultimately, PRO and Triple Crown would like it to help feed talent into the broader picture of future US Team riders.
Eligibility Criteria: The Triple Crown JYR PRO Scholarship Program is open to all Junior/Young rider members of PRO. Riders may become members at any time during the year, but must declare via email letter to PRO that they wish to participate in the program. All participating riders must also include in their email a schedule of designated competitions that they intend to compete at, and it is the responsibility of the rider to inform PRO of any schedule changes. All riders must participate in at least one designated competition. Riders who choose to participate in more than one designated competition will have scores averaged for the leader board.
2014 Scholarship Award: One week of training at the facilities of an upper level rider. The award includes the boarding of both horse and rider at no cost to the scholarship awardees. Riders are responsible for their own transportation to and from each location including horse transportation. The scholarship week must be arranged well in advance with each PRO professional at a mutually agreed upon time.
The top two point earning riders from the eastern half of the country and the western half of the country will each earn a one week scholarship award with an upper level rider.
In addition World Equestrian Brands, LLC, a supporting sponsor of the program, will award a full kit of tack to the year-end east coast and west coast leaderboard champions. This includes an Ameigo saddle, girth, leathers and irons, a Vespucci bridle with reins and breastplate, an E.A. Mattes Sheepskin half pad, Equilibrium Products Airlite cross-country boots and Stretch & Flex wraps.
Judging: PRO professional members, to be designated prior to each competition, will observe participating PRO Junior/Young riders and score the training level divisions. PRO professional members will send the score sheet to Samantha Lendl, PRO Executive Director, who will tabulate and record scores for each rider and email a copy of the score sheet to each rider.
Points would be tabulated at the conclusion of each designated event and a Junior/Young Rider Leader Board will be updated on the PRO Website. Riders who compete in more than one designated competition will have their scores averaged for the leader board. Ties will be broken in the following manner: Primary: Closest to the optimum time in the cross country phase Secondary: Overall subjective score for cross country
Rider Responsibilities at Participating Competitions:
1) Riders must provide their ride times to the PRO office member via email or phone 24 hours before each competition
2) Each rider is required to wear a red armband during the competition to ensure that judges can easily see them in the warm up area
2014 Triple Crown JYR PRO Scholarship Program Designated Competitions:
Carolina International HT
|March 20-23||Raeford, NC||Galway Downs||March 28-30||Temecula, CA|
|Surefire Farm||June 20-22||Purcellville, VA||Rebecca Farm||July 23-27||Kalispell, MT|
|Millbrook Horse Trials||July 31-August 3||Millbrook, NY||Aspen Farms||September 5-7||Yelm, WA|