Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) earned the Jay Duke Horsemanship Award on Saturday, May 4, at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championship, held from May 2 to 5 at the New York State Fair Grounds in Syracuse, NY.
Duke, a Canadian Equestrian Team veteran and renowned clinician throughout North America, created the Horsemanship Award to honor a team that demonstrated exceptional horsemanship throughout the 2019 National Championship. After observing teams throughout the week of the National Championship, Duke chose the SCAD Bees as deserving recipients of the Horsemanship Award and presented them with the honor, which includes a clinic with Duke.
“I have been incredibly impressed with the IHSA National Championship format, the riders competing, and the overall team atmosphere,” said Duke, who will conduct a two-day clinic at SCAD in Savannah, GA, during the 2019/2020 season. “I would like to personally congratulate the Savannah College of Art and Design team members on their accomplishments at the 2019 ISHA National Championship and the preceding competition season. I look forward to visiting the team and working with them more closely during their upcoming clinic.”
Ashley Henry, a 2005 SCAD graduate and the school’s equestrian team Head Coach, noted the importance of overall horsemanship, saying, “It’s the horses that make all of this possible, so for us it’s a big deal to have someone recognize our efforts to always improve our horsemanship.
“It’s impressive that the IHSA and Jay Duke are choosing to include that honor and acknowledge that it’s not just about the riding but how you do everything else on top of that,” continued Henry. “For our students, being able to expand their knowledge and have a clinic with Jay is exciting and special, not only for the team that is here in Syracuse but also for all the SCAD riders at home watching who will get to participate.”
The SCAD Equestrian Team was named overall Reserve Champions in the Collegiate Cup competition, and SCAD rider Adam Edgar won the USEF/Cacchione Cup at the 2019 IHSA National Championship to cap a successful 2018/2019 season.
More than 30 years of experience within the show jumping industry, including appearances as a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team, have equipped Duke with an extensive library of jumping exercises, lesson plans, and gymnastic elements for horses and riders of varying levels. Duke utilizes these elements at clinics throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as within the Jay Duke Virtual Lesson Subscription Program. This innovative program offers subscribers unique access to Duke’s library of exercises and tips, video support from Duke himself for horse evaluations and lesson questions, and weekly lessons delivered via e-mail and ready to travel to the ring.
For more information about Jay Duke or to book a clinic and sign up for the Jay Duke Virtual Lesson Subscription Program, visit JayDuke.com.