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U of M, Crookston Equestrian Team Sponsors Monthly Youth Horse Clinics at University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) beginning on Saturday, January 24, 2009
January 20, 2009

Contact: Nicky Overgaard, instructor, Agriculture Dept., 218-281-8127 (novergaa@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Crookston, Minn. (January 20, 2009) – A series of youth horse clinics will begin this week at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The clinics, sponsored by the equestrian team, will be held in the University Teaching and Outreach Center beginning on Saturday, January 24, 2009. Youth ages 7-18 are encouraged to participate in the clinics and pre-registration is required. Each clinic is limited to 30 participants.

The schedule for the youth horse clinics includes:

Horse Health / Hippology and Judging  is the topic of the first clinic to be held on Saturday, January 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost for the clinic is $10 per person and participants will not need horses for this session.
                   
Horsemanship / Pleasure will be the focus of the clinic on February 21. Horsemanship runs from 9 a.m. to noon and pleasure from noon to 3 p.m. Cost for the day is $15 per person and participants are encouraged to bring their own horse.
                   
Training Techniques / Trail will be featured on March 7 with the training techniques session running from 9 to noon and trail running from noon to 3 p.m. Cost for the day is $15 per person and participants are encouraged to bring their own horse.       
                                  
Games / Showmanship is the final topic to be covered at the youth clinic on April 18. Showmanship runs from 9 a.m. to noon and games from 1 – 3 p.m. This clinic will cost $15 per person and participants are encouraged to bring their own horse.

Riders are required to have a copy of a one year, negative Coggins Test; boots and helmets are necessary for anyone to ride; and each rider must have a waiver signature signed by a parent or guardian. Checks may be made payable to the UMC Equestrian Team on the day of the clinic. For more information, contact Nicky Overgaard, instructor, Agriculture Dept., 218-281-8127 (novergaa@umn.edu).

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.