DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION,
RECREATION & SPORT
Spring Semester 2012
EQUESTRIAN STUDIES SYLLABUS
Course Number/Title: Equestrian
Studies 1—Hunter Seat Equitation (GPSE-____) Elective
Credit Hours: 1
Time/Place: TBA, the class will meet for 90 Minutes
at Whiting’s Neck Equestrian Center, Steeplechase Lane, Martinsburg WV 25404 (see below for directions.)
Instructor: Alyson Springer Tel: 304-274-1210
Email: email@example.com Web: www.whitingsneckfarm.com
Cost $420 per semester
Whether your goal is to learn to ride, return to riding, or improve your jumping
and competing skills, this course will help you become an excellent rider. The first in a series of Whiting’s Neck Equestrian
Center’s (WNEC) Equestrian Studies courses, we will break down basic riding tasks into simple to understand steps with
concise instructions, riding theory, and practice time in the saddle. We will end the course with an optional in-house
hunter show and opportunities for work/study and internships if you would like to expand your involvement with us after the
course has ended. We will divide the students according to ability and experience and work with your schedule of classes
to find a suitable time period weekly.
The class will meet once a week for 90 minutes (to allow for an hour in the saddle ). We
will study and practice rider position, aids, work on the flat, longitudinal and lateral work, and jumping. All jumping
riders will master first level techniques before moving to second level jumping. The classes will be held in our indoor arena,
outdoor jumping arena, and in the fields and trails.
By the end of this course, students should understand basic horsemanship, schooling, and equitation in theory and practice.
They should be able to demonstrate equitation techniques designed to form a balanced and effective partnership between horse
and rider during flatwork and over fences. They will understand and be able to apply rider position, aids, basic schooling
and warm up of the horse, longitudinal and lateral work, and beginning jumping.
in advance if you are not able to come to class. We will try to schedule for you to ride in a make up class during the
week with WNEC’s regularly scheduled group lessons.
Grading: 70% Participation, 15% Mid term
and 15% Final Presentation Ride and Exam
TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE
Week /SESSION TOPIC
Week one (January 2011) Introduction and
Position Mounting, Dismounting, Stirrup Length, Basic Position Defined, Position Adjusted, Two and Three Point
Position (Walk, Trot, Posting and Sitting Trot) (Canter-for Advanced students)
Week Two Position Review
and Practice Two and Three Point Position, Upper Body, and Riding without Stirrups, Independent Seat, Quiet
Week Three The Riders Aids Natural vs Artificial Aids, Clashing, Coordination, Outside
vs. Inside, Use of Riders Eyes
Week Four Rider’s Aids cont. Leg Aids, Five Rein Aids, Weight
as an Aid
Week Five Work on the Flat Schooling Ring and its Purposes, Diagonals, Leads,
the Horses Mouth, Punishment vs Reward, Horse Evasions
Week Six Longitudinal Work with the Horse
Pace, Halt, Transitions, Canter Depart, Transitions within Gaits
Week Seven Cantering
Transitions, Slower, and Stronger. Review and Quiz on Prior Six Weeks (Position and Aids, Theory and Practice)
Eight Horse and Rider Working Laterally Bending in Corners, Aids for bending, Circles
Nine Horse and Rider Beginning Jumping Five phases of an obstacle, Maintaining Jump Position, Pace
Week Ten Horse and Rider Jumping First Level Riding with the motion, Release (mane), Using the
Eyes, Heels and Legs, Upper Body Control
Week Eleven: Jumping a Sequence of Obsticles Jumping lines
with consistent forward pace, position, use of aids, and Control
Week Twelve: Jumping
a Sequence and Combing Lines Introduction to Second Level Jumping, Crest Release, Coordination Leg and Release,
Lines and Turns
Week Thirteen: Summation and Prep for Final Exam Demonstration Ride
NECK EQUESTRIAN CENTER:
Whiting’s Neck Equestrian Center is a full service riding, training,
and boarding farm located six miles from Shepherdstown in a horseshoe bend of the Potomac River. The 40 stall equestrian center
has stabling for our own school horses and privately owned horses, large indoor and outdoor arenas, cross
country jumping fields, miles of trails, large pastures, and a heated lounge, tackroom, and kitchen for year-round riding.
For directions, see below or visit www.whitingsneckfarm.com
We offer courses in English riding—balanced seat,
dressage, hunt seat equitation, and jumping. We also teach horse training: natural horsemanship methods, retraining
ex-racehorses, preparing horses for competition, and cross training. We hold horse shows throughout the year and compete locally.
WNEC instructors emphasize a classical approach to balanced seat riding. Students are trained in proper equitation
and independent aids and seat such that they can ride with maximum sensitivity and effectiveness across disciplines. Lessons
are taught with a sense of fun and humor assuring that the lesson will be a pleasure, but formal enough to ensure safety and
encourage progress. WNEC staff provide a solid theoretical foundation from which you can improve your riding and horsemanship
skills and meet your individual goals. Our Shepherd University Equestrian Classes will follow a course syllabus, while
making sure that you progress at your own pace and from your own skill level.
As a student of Shepherd
University, you can come visit our school horses anytime. Our school horses are the stars of WNEC and
receive the very best of care. They are well fed and trained and receive loving care including daily turn out, roomy
box stalls, grooming and bathing, vacations throughout the year, and daily treats.
Student OPPORTUNITIES AT WNEC:
Would you like to spend more time around the farm?
A career with horses? To learn equine or farm management? To learn to teach riding lessons? Then consider becoming a working
student at WNEC. Our Working Student Program is available to Shepherd University students who have
completed at least one semester in our equestrian program and are currently enrolled with us who would like to work in exchange
for additional lessons each week. The program is designed for students interested in learning and understanding horses and
horsemanship, equestrian management, instruction, or training in a more involved way. Working students help with a variety
of activities at the farm based on their individual skills and goals.
Directions to Whitings Neck Equestrian Center
At the intersection
of routes 45/480/230, take 480N towards Sharpsburg. Drive .4 mile, turn left on Shepherds Grade Rd. Drive 1.7 miles
and turn left onto Scrabble Rd. Stay on Scrabble Rd. for 4 miles (the road will make a sharp left turn at 1.9 miles).
Turn right onto Whiting’s Neck Rd. and continue to the stop sign. Turn right onto Steeplechase Lane into Whiting’s
Neck Farm Estates and follow the road around to WNEC on the left.
From Hagerstown, Md and I-81:
Exit 20 Spring Mills Rd. (901 E). Continue past the new WalMart
to the stop sign. Turn right onto route 11 South. Go 1.4 miles and turn left onto Bedington Road. Go 1.4
miles to the stop sign at Scrabble Rd. Turn left onto Scrabble road and drive for 2 miles. Turn left on Carlyle
road. Continue .7 mile to the stop sign and continue straight onto Steeplechase lane. Follow the road around to WNEC
on the left.