Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Will we see you in the Professional divisions next year?

Hi, everyone.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Recently, someone asked about my riding plans for 2008, so I thought I would answer that question today.

The current USEF regulations allow equestrians eighteen and older only two status options after the completion of the junior ranks; amateur or professional. Since I do not own my own horse, I will be registering with the USEF as a professional for the coming year. Young professionals often struggle with gaining beneficial equestrian experiences, as well as, developing the necessary skills required for professional competency. If a new, building-block-type, formalized option, such as apprenticeship, was added to the rules and regulations with requirements that included, for example, completing a formalized and structured internship with a designated USEF mentor over several years, many of the educational concerns of young and aspiring professionals could be addressed .

Horsemastership, a program that began in January 2007, addresses some concerns of today's young professionals. I was honored to be selected and participate in 2007, and again, in 2008. In January 2008, I will be writing a series of blogs about my experiences during the extremely educational week long program.

My long term goal is to become an equestrian professional, riding and showing at the Grand Prix level in the United States and, ultimately, riding for the US at the international level, as well. Currently, my short term goal is riding and showing as much as I can, gaining the experience needed to become a better professional.

Thank you for your continued support!
Talk to you later.
Maria Schaub


At Tue Nov 27, 09:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this mean that you will be giving lessons to younger students?

At Wed Nov 28, 09:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you going to continue taking lessons with the same trainer you are with now, or find a new trainer who can help you more at the professional level?

At Wed Nov 28, 09:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck Maria! I'm so excited for you and to be able to follow your amazing career! I know we'll be seeing you at the international level one day! You'll make us proud!

At Thu Nov 29, 08:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really hope everything works out for you!!! i was just wondering if you, or anyone on here, thinks that someone who only shows schooling shows as a junior will make it far as a pro??


At Fri Nov 30, 02:14:00 AM, Blogger ab12130 said...

best of luck maria, but i know that you will do fantastic as a pro. you have exactly what it takes!

At Wed Dec 05, 09:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What saddle do you ride in and which do you prefer? I'm am looking for a new saddle... Long story short, I paid way too much for a saddle that I absolutely hate, and I want to sell or trade. I've ridden in a Bates before, and LOVED IT, but that's the only "pro" or "quality" saddle I've ridden in, so I don't know how the others compare, such as Pessoa, Bruno Delgrange, etc. Do you have any saddle picking tips?


At Sat Dec 08, 03:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happened to whimsey? did you sell him?

At Sun Dec 09, 01:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you gonna updatesoon?? pleeeeeeease?!?!

At Sun Dec 09, 09:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of Luck in All you do, Maria!

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