December 7, 2009 -- You don't have to be a record-setting quarterback, point guard or track star to letter in high school sports anymore. The U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) is writing a new chapter in the recognition of high school sports--one that honors equestrian athletes. The USEF's High School Equestrian Athlete program will offer specially designed emblems and pins, exclusively for equestrian athletes in grades 9-12.
"Until now, most high school students haven't had the opportunity to letter in equestrian, simply because there are so few school-sponsored programs," said John Long, USEF CEO. "We look forward to the beginning of a new tradition, where equestrians are able to earn the recognition they deserve, alongside their fellow athletes and classmates."
The new High School Equestrian Athlete program is open to equestrian athletes in all breeds or disciplines who are enrolled in grades 9-12 and are currently USEF members, or who become USEF members. The program will run June 1-May 31 of each year, and will honor those who document their training and competition involvement by awarding emblems and pins. These are designed to be worn on existing high school lettermen jackets, or any jacket of the athlete's choosing, as a rite of passage and symbol of achievement.
This new program requires enrollment and documentation prior to lettering. For more information or to complete an enrollment application, go to www.usef.org.
Current seniors are offered the opportunity to enroll by January 29, 2010, and complete the requirements by May 31, 2010, to earn their letters on a shortened schedule.
For more information on the USEF's High School Equestrian Athletes Program, email Lauren Fahey at firstname.lastname@example.org.