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Equitation Round Table Discussions Featured At UPHA Convention


On Friday, Jan. 5, 2007 the Saddle Seat Equitation Committee will present an in-depth round table discussion at the UPHA National Convention in Cincinnati. The discussion will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westin Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.

The committee reports that there will be five different topics covered by different industry professionals, In addition, there will be a “Question Box” when you come into the room and you may put questions in the box anonymously. Each of the questions dropped in the box will be answered during the discussion.

“We want to emphasize that this is open to parents, riders, professionals, everyone,” said committee member Lynn McNamara. “We don’t want people to feel intimidated that their questions are too basic or too controversial. We are encouraging participation.”

The slated topics are as follows:

1) Where Is Equitation Going? This question will include clothing, young instructors’ problems and other issues concerning equitation. This discussion will by chaired by Lillian Shively, Jane Bennett and Lynda Freseth.

2) Judging. What judges are looking for and expecting in Saddle Seat equitation riders. Lynn Harvey McNamara and Dale Arnston will handle this topic.

3) What The Three Members Of The Team (Rider/Instructor/Parents) Are Responsible For. Kathy Boggs and Sarah Byers will explain their views on this topic.

4) Show Managers’ Responsibility Towards Saddle Seat Equitation. This discussion will be headed by Barbe Smith and Donna Pettry Smith.

5) How To Start and Run A Riding Program. Renee Biggins and Scott Matton will share their knowledge on this topic.

In addition to this in-depth look at Saddle Seat equitation there will be eight other round table discussions beginning at
9 a.m. on Friday. The panels for these discussions will repeat their presentations from 9 a.m. until noon so convention goers can rotate from forum to forum.

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