HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — College-bound equestrians exploring equine science and career-focused liberal arts colleges and universities will have an opportunity to experience Centenary University firsthand. Known for their world-class equestrian program, Centenary University will partner with College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) to host a CPI Spotlight event May 10-12 at its campus in Hackettstown, N.J.

“We are looking forward to working with the CPI to create a weekend for students to learn what Centenary University has to offer from an academic standpoint and what it is like to be part of a riding team at college,” said Kelly Martin Munz, Centenary University Department Chair, Professor of Equine Studies. “Our Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) coaches, Michael Dowling and Heather Clark, along with our hunter/jumper team coach, Tara Clausen, and our Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) coach, Sarah Simms, will be discussing how the experience differs from Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and US Equestrian horse shows.”

At the barn, attendees will learn additional horsemanship skills with Centenary students and faculty. Topics will include basic care such as grooming, wrapping, points of the horse and parts of the saddle and bridle and more.

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“This is the first time Centenary University is participating in the CPI Spotlight and we are really looking forward to a great weekend with the prospective students,” Munz said.

In addition to a student-led campus tour, students will experience the Centenary University riding program and the opportunity to ride three times. A riding lesson Saturday kicks off the weekend. A short clinic is scheduled for Sunday morning and a mock-collegiate-format horse show will be held Sunday afternoon. The event will provide students with a taste of what it is like to catch-ride. Participants will ride Centenary University horses — all donations from the AA show circuit — and they will work with the coaches.

Apply at to attend at http://collegeprepinvitational.com/cpi-spotlight-centenary-application/

About the College Preparatory Invitational

Founded in 2010, CPI is an organization that educates hunter seat student-athletes about college equestrian competition and provides them with resources to make connections and weigh the options to enrich their college experience. Participants in grades eight through 12 compete in equitation competition and participate in clinics and educational presentations led by world-class competitors and leaders in the equine industry. CPI fosters academic excellence and social integrity as an integral part of the equestrian experience through the CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund. Student riders can earn scholarships through equitation competition at a CPI event, academic achievement and community service. CPI also produces CPI College Spotlight events for colleges and universities whose goals are to recruit equestrian students. To learn more about the CPI, visit collegeprepinvitational.com.

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