Sweet Briar College has recently signed on as presenting sponsor of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s Equine Junior Apprentice Program: Your Backstage Pass. Previously known as the Junior Career Development Program, the Equine Junior Apprentice Program provides junior and collegiate riders with an opportunity to apprentice for a day with a competition judge, show manager, show secretary, steward, course designer, vet or farrier.
“USHJA and Sweet Briar College share a common goal of providing educational opportunities which will enhance the equestrian experience of our constituents by utilizing tailored educational programs that focus on developing the resources needed for success. Sweet Briar College and the Equine Junior Apprentice Program is an ideal match and we look forward to the opportunities this relationship will create,” said Bill Moroney, USHJA president.
Sweet Briar’s new riding director, Mimi Wroten, agreed that the goals of the program are aligned with the College’s. “Sweet Briar has historically focused on developing well-rounded, educated horsewomen, so it makes sense to support the USHJA Equine Junior Apprentice program’s effort to broaden a young rider’s education,” Wroten said.