Wellington, FL – January 16, 2012 – World-class equestrian, founder and president of EquestrianCoach.com, Bernie Traurig, judged the hunt seat divisions of the College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) along with Scott Hofstetter, Nona Garson and Linda Andrisani. Robert Dover judged the dressage competition, a new addition to the event in its second year. The CPI was held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL with the mounted competition on an uncharacteristically cool Saturday.
The goal of the CPI is to prepare junior high and high school riders for the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship and to provide riders with the resources to continue equestrian learning during college.
“I really like the format of this show and collegiate competition in general. It gives young people a new opportunity after their junior years,” said Traurig.
Along with the mounted hunt seat and dressage competition, scholarships and awards were presented to participating students for a written horsemanship test, as well as essay and photo contests. Many interesting and notable speakers also participated throughout the weekend.
On Saturday evening, Traurig held a presentation of EquestrianCoach.com to a large audience of students, parents and coaches. He demonstrated the online educational opportunities of the site for schools, colleges and organizations that provide riding programs or equine degree programs. Free memberships were offered to coaches to try the online educational system as part of their riding programs.
“Our mission is to make quality education accessible and affordable to every equestrian, regardless of their background, their level or their geographic location,” shared Traurig.
“At Virginia Intermont we whole-heartedly use Bernie Traurig’s EquestrianCoach.com as an online learning tool and require it for our hunter seat students. The system has contributed to our consistent national rankings and serves as a great resource for both the coach and student,” said Eddie Federwisch, Director of Equine Studies at Virginia Intermont, Director at Large of the IHSA, Chair of the IHSA Hunter Equitation Committee and United States Equestrian Federation recorded hunter and hunter seat equitation judge.”
EquestrianCoach.com is an online education service that provides systematic, online “lessons” presented by Bernie Traurig and a host of world-class trainers and competitors, including Rodrigo Pessoa, Eric Lamaze, Laura Kraut, Ian Millar, Missy Clark, Peter Pletcher, Louise Serio, Julie Winkel and many more. High quality, dynamic content is constantly added, providing the ideal learning portal for novice through advanced riders. It is a comprehensive resource for amateurs to augment their lessons, for trainers and professionals looking for lesson support materials and for riders with no access to qualified training.
Throughout his career Traurig excelled in multiple disciplines including equitation (winning both the AHSA Medal and the ASPCA Maclay), jumpers, hunters, eventing and dressage. Traurig represented the United States Equestrian Team both at home and abroad. Traurig is the winner of over 60 show jumping Grand Prix events. He reached the top of the sport in three of the International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: show jumping, dressage, and eventing. In 2009 he was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. In 2010, the California Professional Horsemen’s Association honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award.
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