Two Cooperstown Jr./Sr. High School students are the only two students in New York State to achieve the United States Dressage Federation Pin Award.
Dressage is the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility and balance.
Caroline Whitaker and Emily Dibble, members of the Cooperstown High Dressage Club, won through hard work and achieving a several benchmarks, club advisor and coach Cory Pritchard said.
In order to achieve this award, the girls must volunteer 10 hours in the community; have 10 hours of equine continuing education; score 60 percent at two shows from two different judges; and have a GPA of at least 2.5, all while being members of the United States Dressage Federation.
“These two girls are the first to achieve the High School Pin and this year they are the only two in New York,” Pritchard said. “This is a huge accomplishment. These kids are great kids and hard workers.”
Just 31 USDF Pin Awards were given in 2016 throughout the United States.
The Cooperstown High Dressage Club was founded four years ago.