St. John’s College Equestrian is a program dedicated to giving college students both a chance to ride horses and a chance to educate themselves about all things equestrian. Founded in the fall of 2012 by Sara Bean, a graduate student with the college, the program regularly attracts approximately 10 students from the college every Saturday afternoon. Following a basic Pony Club model, the students are instructed in basic horse care, such as grooming and how to muck stalls, as well as basic riding.
Taught primarily by Sylvie Neal and Sara Bean, the students have been learning many things, from how to lead their ponies to beginning their independent riding careers. We were joined in Spring 2013 by professional groom Emily Nevin, who has encouraged a solid foundation in groundwork and grooming techniques to supplement work in the saddle
This was especially timely and exciting as Sylvie, riding Celestino, and Sara, riding Mousekateer, began to show dressage in local schooling shows at Bosque Farms and Expo NM. Sylvie, we are proud to say, took first place in both her rides!
It’s been a great experience for all involved! We cannot wait to begin again when the students return in the fall!
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