Since 1999, the R.W. Mutch Educational Foundation has been sponsoring the R.W. Mutch Equitation Classic. In 2003, for the first time, the Foundation offered a scholarship to a junior rider whose skills most closely resembled the ideals of the late Ronnie Mutch. Since then, we have been happy to be able to offer the scholarship annually.
In 2008, the R.W. Mutch Equitation Classic moved to HITS Thermal for the first time. In 2009, the Classic will be in both HITS Thermal and HITS Ocala.
The scholarship offers the recipient a two week visit to HITS (Thermal or Ocala), or to a location to be decided with the recipient, to study with some of the world's top equestrians. The junior must be 15 years old or younger showing age for the scholarship year and be jumping a minimum of 3'.
In 2006, the scholarship program expanded to include working student(s), who must meet the same requirements as the scholarship applicant. Working students have the opportunity to work closely with a top trainer and receive lessons in exchange for work. The Foundation covers housing for the working student.
The junior rider is invited to spend two weeks with a trainer at the designated location.
The scholarship application must be completed by January 10, 2013. We would appreciate it if you would get your applications and videos in as early as possible.
The Foundation covers the following for the scholarship recipient:
1. Stall (If needed)
2. Housing Allowance (if needed-a maximum of$1000.00)
3. General seating to all events
4. Travel allowance (as needed - maximum $350)
5. All lessons
6. Parking and exhibitor passes
Not Covered by the Foundation:
1. Transportation to and from lodging
3. Showing Expenses
In addition to the application form, all applicants must submit a video (either DVD or VHS)
1. One minute of flat work
2. One minute of gymnastic work
3. One to two jumping courses
4. One minute of the applicant explaining why they would like to receive this scholarship