Equestrian lettering for athletes at school in United States

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Wednesday 30 August - 12h54 | Ian Clayton and USEF press release

Equestrian lettering for athletes at school in United States

One venerable junior high, high school and college tradition in many parts of North America is ‘lettering’, where a student can get a letter or patch to put on their jacket which is customized to represent achievement in a certain area, including sports. And as this year’s school year is gearing up, young equestrian athletes in the United States also have the opportunity to reflect their passion and take part in this rite of passage. 

 - Equestrian lettering for athletes at school in United States

As US Equestrian describes, “The US Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program is open to equestrian athletes in all breeds or disciplines who are currently members of US Equestrian or become US Equestrian members. Students participating in the program need to record 100 hours of riding or training and three competitions of any level or type to complete the requirements for that year. The program runs from June 1-May 31 of each year and will honor those who document their training and competition involvement by awarding emblems and pins.Students may apply retroactively for previous years if they are still in grades 5-12 and can provide verification for each year. Seniors must submit all documentation by June 15 of their graduating year.”

Qualified students in the equestrian lettering program receive a free letterman patch and lapel pin for each year that they complete the program’s requirements. These are designed to be worn on existing school lettermen jackets, or any jacket of the athlete's choosing.” The full details are available here.

A few years back on horsenation.com, parent Barbara Hamilton recounted how her own daughter participated in the program. 
“For years my daughter got grief from her friends because she didn’t play a sport,” Hamilton wrote. “When she said she rode horses they would say 'but the horse does all the work.' It used to make her so mad. When she went to high school it only increased. 'Why didn’t she play a real sport like lacrosse or crew?' But with the program, her daughter had patches like athletes in other sports: "It’s a great way for kids to get recognized for all the hard work and time they put into the sport….” (Photo below: Sportfot)

 - Equestrian lettering for athletes at school in United States


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