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Bridgewater Announces Equestrian Talent Search Clinic

Zellie Wothers rides Lulu.

Equestrian Talent Search Brochure

WEYERS CAVE, Va. – Bridgewater College will host an Equestrian Talent Search clinic on July 21 at the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center.

Clinicians for the event are Jerry Schurink, head riding coach at Bridgewater College, and Equestrian Talent Search Director Jim Arrigon.

Arrigon is the only coach to have National Championship teams in NCAA, IHSA and IEA. He is credited with coaching more than 30 individual champions in more than three decades of coaching. Arrigon served as IHSA National secretary for 25 years and received the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Schurink just completed his seventh year as Director of Riding at Bridgewater College. His teams have won three IHSA regional titles and he has coached numerous riders who have qualified for the IHSA National Show. Two of his Bridgewater riders have won individual national titles at the IHSA national show. This past season, Schurink coached the IDA (Intercollegiate Dressage Association) team to a second-place standing in the region and a seventh-place finish at the national show. The IDA team has been competing for just three seasons.

The Equestrian Talent Search clinic provides riders and parents with the opportunity to work directly with top college coaches in the saddle and in classroom seminars dealing with college riding options, the search process and recruiting.

Bridgewater's Zellie Wothers is a former Equestrian Talent Search rider who went on to win the IHSA individual national title in Intermediate on the Flat at the 2017 National Show in Lexington, Ky.

Equine Journal named Equestrian Talent Search as one of the "best ways to prepare for collegiate riding."

For more information on the Equestrian Talent Search clinic click on the brochure link at the top of this article.