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JC EQUESTRIAN Q & A
Typical Questions Asked By A Prospective Student
Have questions about our Equestrian Program? We thought you might! Below, you will find basic answers to questions we have become accustomed to hearing from our prospective students throughout the years. We hope you find these Q & A's helpful. If you have a question not listed below, please send a question suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll add it to our list!
How many horses does the program have?
Due to the fact that we do take in donations, this number varies, but at the moment, we have 18 horses that are owned by Judson.
Are the horses at Judson capable of being shown since you say the majority of them are donations?
Our riding instructor works carefully and cautiously with the veterinarian and farrier to insure that only sound, gentle, dependable, capable horses are used during lessons.
Do you offer Dressage?
No, at this point, we do not have a formal dressage class. However, during the classes, basic dressage movements are studied to aid in learning proper control of the horses and position of the rider.
Who teaches the riding classes and are they properly qualified?
Mrs. Jennifer Hoggle is our Director of Equine Studies and IHSA Western team coach. She also teaches most of the mounted and lecture classes required for our Equine Studies major. She is qualified through degree, as well as, experience and formal training. She has a degree from Judson with a minor in Equine Science. She has studied with Debby Stephens of Resting S Ranch, Marla Flynn of Pretty Penny Arabians, Billy Harris - a renowned western trainer and judge - Jack Thomas of Thomas Arabians, Fred Kirby of Russell Lee, BB Pegues of Pegues Farms and Jamie and Dick Edwards of Dick Edwards Quarter Horses. She has also worked training horses and giving lessons when she managed Suttle Stables.
Jennifer has competed in, judged and conducted many horse shows, clinics and rodeo competitions. She has won many horsemanship awards with the latest one being that of 1995 Miss Rodeo Alabama. With this title, she went on to represent the state of Alabama, as well as, the sport of rodeo and the cattle industry, at the 1995 Miss Rodeo America Competition.
Do you have any additional faculty to teach any other courses?
Janice Palmer Williams is employed by Judson to riding courses and also serves as the Hunt Seat team coach. Janice is a 1983 graduate of Judson and has competed in numerous combined training events and received numerous awards. She is a recipient of the very prestigious award for the AQHA in the fall of 1996.
She and her horse, Rowdy Games, were awarded the Best of America's Horses, the Quarter Horse of the Year Award. Janice is currently employed at the Marion Veterinary Clinic as the Office Manager and continues to compete in combined training in her spare time. Janice also acts as an equine medical consultant.
Dr. Doug Halbrooks, DVM - a local vet in Marion - also teaches a few of our equine health classes.
Do students need to provide their own equipement for classes and shows?
Students are provided with the proper tack and a helmet to use while in class. They are asked to wear proper riding shoes with some sort of a heel when they are mounted. Jumping is not permitted without a proper helmet. Otherwise, items like jackets and gloves are at the discretion of the individual student at the time. Students are also to supply show attire if they are involved in IHSA team.
How much time is involved with riding classes?
Students have class twice a week for one hour and a half. Since riding is a physical sport, all students are required to maintain physical fitness.
Does your work study program encompass barn activities?
At this time, we have four students who work in the barn but all riding students are encouraged to spend extra time in the barn besides the time specified for their class. We feel that the more "hands-on" the students get, the more they will learn.
Are there any activities that students can participate in like horse shows or exhibitions?
Yes, we have several presentations a year and encourage all riding students to play some part in each of these presentations. As time and abilities permit, we plan horse show schedules, like the Fun Show that has previously been hosted in March. In some events, Judson students, as well as, the public, participate in the show. Field trips are a required part of many equitation courses and range from clinics, visits to veterinary hospitals, demonstrations and IHSA shows.
What is IHSA?
The IHSA stands for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Judson is in Zone 5, Region 2. More information is available about the IHSA at www.ihsainc.com.
What is the tryout process for Judson's IHSA Team?
Each year, in early September - generally on the first day of classes - interested applicants for Judson's team participate in try-outs. The applicants must fill out an individual rider placement form that is designed by the IHSA. This form places riders in their proper divisions, based on previous riding experience. IHSA Individual Rider Placement forms are available online at www.ihsainc.com. Our riders are also required to furnish USEF rider reports for accurate placement.
During tryouts, we ask the rider for the manuevers specific to each division that riders qualify for. Manuevers are listed in the IHSA rulebook as well.
Does Judson offer scholarships for riding?
At this time, there are no formal scholarships for riding, but our level of support for team member's participation at IHSA events is to be considered a full varsity traveling scholarship. We fully support our members through travel, food, registration, membership, and entry fees (which comes to about $1,000 per rider, per show during the competition year). Team members provide only their clothes. Judson equestrians have the full support of the college and are not required to pay their own entry fees or travel expenses while representing Judson; which is not always the case while competing in the IHSA.
Can I board my horse at Judson and if so, what is the cost?
Yes! Judson completed a brand new, state-of-the-art, 'green' equine facility in mid 2010. This facility is complete with 30 stalls, bathrooms, tackrooms and offices, and provides ample room for boarders, as well as, the college owned mounts. The land around the new facility will also provide extra pastureland and riding trails. We are currently accepting advanced reservations for horse boarding. Advanced reservations ARE required. Space is limited!
The fee per month to board your horse at Judson is $300. Call 1-800-447-9472 for your reservation!