Wednesday, December 2, 2009
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Frying Pan Park – Herndon, Virginia
Whether you’re an up-and-coming designer, official, organizer, or a rider looking to improve their performance over stadium courses, this seminar offers a chance to better understand the practices used by top FEI and Rolex Kentucky CCI**** show jumping designer Richard Jeffery. Jeffery will discuss the theories and techniques behind effective show jumping course design.
Jeffery's seminar is part of the schedule of the 2009 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention which is to be held December 2-6 in Reston, Virginia.
This is a seminar for professional and potential Eventing Jumping course designers, however it is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about show jumping course design. The classroom session will cover general theory and an overview of course design as well as an overview of distances, and a discussion of course designs. The seminar will also include demo riders and horses at all levels of the sport.
If you qualify for the grandfathering program and need to attend a show jumping seminar to obtain your Eventing Show Jumping Course Design License, this is the session to attend! The USEF has extended the date for the grandfathering program to include this seminar. Attendance at this session will also fulfill the training program requirements to obtain your license if you do not qualify for the grandfathering program. Please see the criteria on page 9 of the Licensing Procedures Manual for more information.
The seminar will begin at 10:00 AM and conclude at 5:00 PM. Beverages and lunch will be provided for all participants. The Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association (CDCTA) is sponsoring this seminar, and due to the generosity of CDCTA it is free for all participants.
For more information on the seminar and a registration application contact Nancy Knight, Director of Education: 703-669-9997 or [email protected]
About the Instructor:
Richard Jeffery is one of the few appointed “Official” FEI course designers and has been voted, a record eight times, USEF Course Designer of the Year. In 2004 he was appointed show jumping course adviser by the USEF for eventing, a position he continues to hold. He is the resident show jumping course designer at Rolex Kentucky CCI**** and has also been course designer at many international shows, including Calgary (which hosts the richest grand prix in the world) three times, the Pavarotti International, and many other CSIO’s and CSI-Ws worldwide. Richard has also been the assistant course designer at three Olympics where in each case his duties included being responsible for arena decorations. This duty he has also carried out at eight World cup finals, a Pan American Games plus numerous other individual international shows. He also was the organizer for horse trials in England for ten years.
He has been appointed as the Eventing Show Jumping Course Designer for the upcoming 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky as well as been taking the title of Show Jumping Course Designer (Architectural) alongside Conrad Homfeld for the main show jumping competitions.
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