Ninth-grade student Alyson Biddix recently completed the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program where she received a varsity letterman patch and lapel pin.
This program was developed to provide recognition for the accomplishments of young equestrians and encourage their future involvement in equestrian sports. USEF recognizes the dedication of equestrians preparing for competition through practice and training session as similar to other students in athletic programs. The organization developed this program to honor individual achievements with a varsity letter in the student’s chosen sport, regardless of the availability of an equestrian team or club through their school.
Biddix is a freshman at McDowell High School and has been riding horses for over 10 years.
“The thing that I love about riding is that you become one with your horse. There is never a dull moment when I ride,” she told the newspaper. “My future plans after high school is to go to college that has something to do with AG or equine.”
Participants in the program must be students in grades 5-12, who document at least 100 hours of training and provide verification of participation in three equestrian competitions during the year. After completing these requirements and verification, the student will receive a certificate commemorating their achievements, a letterman patch and lapel pin for each year of participation.
“I would like to add a special thank you to my parents Dennis and Melissa Biddix and my trainer Melissa Dalton for helping me with everything. I really appreciate everything that they have done for me in the past couple of months,” said Biddix.
USEF is the national governing body for equestrian sports in the U.S., sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USEF Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program encompasses young equestrians involved in all breeds and disciplines from the grassroots to international competitions. For more information, visit usef.org.