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 and better educated horsemen earlier in their careers, by offering them an attainable and very attractive goal. PRO, Triple Crown and World Equestrian Brands would like it to help feed talent into the broader picture of future US Team riders and give back to the equestrian commmunity.
Eligibility Criteria: The Triple Crown JYR PRO Scholarship Program is open to all Junior/Young rider members of PRO through their 21st year. Riders must become members and declare via email letter to PRO that they wish to participate in the program no later then the entry closing date of each designated event. 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.
New in 2015: PRO University curriculum modules will be introduced focusing on horse care. A short quiz will follow each of the curriculum modules and all scholarship participants must complete and submit quizzes in order to be eligible for the scholarship and award prizes. Selected designated events will have PRO JYR get-togethers with a featured speaker. All Junior Members at the event will be expected to attend as part of their participation in the program. Topics will include horse nutrition, grooming and horsecare, veterinary and farrier care, and tack and equipment.
All juniors who would like to participate in the Triple Crown JYR PRO Scholarship Program are asked to discuss this scholarship opportunity with their current trainer(s) to ensure that their trainer is fully aware and supportive of the educational goals of this program. It is expected that if a scholarship week is awarded that the winner will participate. PRO and our host professionals will make every effort to accommodate schedules or issues of horse lameness or injury that may come up from time to time, but it is the responsibility of the scholarship winner to notify PRO and the host professional in a timely manner so that alternate arrangements can be made. In addition the winner is required to keep a diary of their scholarship week with photos and video, which must be submitted to PRO for publication. Juniors are also required to participate in all media requests by PRO and sponsors of the program.
2015 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. Any ties on the Triple Crown JYR Leaderboard will be broken following FEI rules.
In addition Prize Sponsor, World Equestrian Brands, LLC, will award a full kit of tack to the overall year-end Triple Crown JYR Leaderboard Champion. 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. The World Equestrian Brands Award is valued at $7,500.
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 Designated 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 (tape or ribbon) during the competition to ensure that judges can easily see them in the warm up area
2015 TRIPLE CROWN JYR PRO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
Carolina International HT
|March 19-22||Raeford, NC||Galway Downs||March 26-29||Temecula, CA|
|Surefire Farm HT||June 20-21||Purcellville, VA||Rebecca Farm||July 22-26||Kalispell, MT|
|Millbrook Horse Trials||July 30-August 2||Millbrook, NY||Aspen Farms||September 4-6||Yelm, WA|