The National Steeplechase Foundation will host its first young rider racing clinic at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.
Sunday’s clinic is open to all young riders 18 and under of any skill level. The clinic will cover all the basics of how to get involved and ride in young rider and pony races on the flat and over jumps. Students must supply their own mount, but auditors are welcome (for free)! Please register in advance by contacting Regina Welsh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $25.
All mounts must be at least five years old. Horses and ponies are welcome, but no stallions. Approved helmet, paddock boots, and yoke required. Protective vests preferred and will be required for racing.
This clinic will help young riders learn how to gallop and school in company, as well as the ins and outs of the sports of steeplechase and flat racing.
Half of the clinic will be an unmounted discussion about technique, strategy, safety, and training, the second half will be mounted. This clinic is an opportunity for young riders and their mounts to get in front of an NSF reviewer to see if you can be approved for pony and young rider races.
All riders interested in participating in the races must attend the clinic, or similar session hosted by the NSF to gain approval to ride in the races.