College Equestrian Lettering Program
Who says all the fun and sense of pride from lettering in your favorite sport has
to end after high school? The USHJA, in
partnership with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, is proud to offer the
USHJA/IHSA College Equestrian Lettering Program.
Eddie Federwisch, an IHSA Board member, suggested the program, stating that
it was "long overdue for college riders to receive the same type of recognition
on their campuses that other varsity athletes do."
The new program open to all full-time undergraduate students attending a
two- or four-year college or university. Students must also be current members
in good standing with both the IHSA and USHJA - this can be under the categories
of Active, Associate, Outreach or Life. The college or university
must be an IHSA member in good standing, as well.
The dates of the program run June 1 through May 31. Students must complete at least 100 hours of equestrian training during the program dates. Hours can be accumulated via riding lessons, practice rides, team practices, clinics and competitions. Collegiate riders must participate as a competitor in a minimum of two IHSA horse shows and at least two of any of the following events during the program dates:
- USEF hunter/jumper competitions
- USHJA Outreach Competitions
- State or local horse show association sanctioned horse shows
- IHSA regional, zone, or national horse show
- American National Riding Commission Nationals
- Clinic listed on USHJA Directory of Clinics
- USHJA Emerging Athletes Program
- USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals
- USHJA Trainer Certification Clinic (rider or auditor)
- USHJA zone clinic (rider or auditor)
- IHSA EQUUS examination
- USHJA Annual Meeting
How To Register
The completed registration form, along with the appropriate fee payment, must be processed by USHJA before moving on to the next phase.
USHJA will send each student instructions regarding proper use of the online CELP Participation Log Book. Once completed, the Log Book and all associated documentation must be submitted to USHJA before May
31 of the current program year (i.e. deadline of May 31, 2014 for the program year of June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014). Students who successfully complete the program have the opportunity to order a USHJA CELP patch and USHJA pin through www.shopUSHJA.com to adorn their favorite letterman jacket. Equestrian athletes enrolled in the program can also purchase a special varsity jacket and
other CELP merchandise through www.shopUSHJA.com.