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Upper Level Mounted Prep

  • 08/05/2018
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Copperfield Farm, 5825 Keyser Rd., Hume, VA 22639

Upper Level Certification Prep to include XC

Clinician:  Janna Ritacco

Janna Ritacco is a Graduate HA from Carolina Region.  She has successfully prepped certification candidates through the HA and A levels.  As a National Examiner, Janna tests the HB and HA, as well as the C3, B, and A Traditional, C3 Dressage and C3 Show Jumping. She has competed and coached through Preliminary/CCI* and CIC* level eventing and Second Level dressage.  

Janna runs Riverbend Equestrian Park in Greenville, SC, which is a 70 acre, 15 horse, boarding, lesson and show facility.  It is the home base for the Greenville Foothills Pony Club, one of the largest and most active clubs in the Carolina Region.  Janna teaches lessons to D-A Pony Clubbers, Horsemasters, non-Pony Club members, children and adults, as well.

For three years, Janna was the coach for the Furman University Intercollegiate Dressage team, when they had an active IDA team.  She also teaches many members of the Clemson University Eventing Team, who were the 2017 National Champions for Intercollegiate Eventing.  

Janna has been actively involved with the USPC InterPacific Exchange and has been able to travel the world and see Pony Club on an international level.  She was the coach for the 2010 USPC team that competed in Hong Kong/China, the 2011 team that competed in New Zealand, the 2013 team that competed in Australia, and the 2015 team that competed in Canada.  In addition, Janna co-organized the exchange here in the United States in 2017.  

Janna has her hopes set on going back to Hong Kong in 2019!

When asked what her emphasis and passion were when she teaches, Janna replied, "Basic Balanced Position!  Form equals function!"

Currently, Janna enjoys being the owner of her homebred Belgian draft/TB cross, who is successfully competing at the Preliminary level of eventing with a Graduate A friend of Janna's.  When he's not competing, Janna enjoys fox hunting and participating in hunter paces with him.

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