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The Importance of the Grassroots
The grassroots are the foundation of any sport, but they carry additional significance for equestrian competition. Daily life no longer features horses for most of us, and a flourishing grassroots can offer new ways to connect.
Because modern horse sports developed in a top-down manner from cavalry command, putting effective focus on grassroots participation is a new and promising challenge for the horse world today.
Show jumping is an excellent grassroots activity because it encourages high standards of horse care and helps develop a positive partnership between horse and rider.
Traditional ‘Best Practices’ Renewed
The league concept promotes a cohesive approach for the foundational levels of jumping, bringing forward good traditions of the “golden age” of the sport into our modern world of ever-increasing time and money pressures.
The goal is to support a competitive grassroots structure with a focus on education, inclusion and affordability, while providing a safe, humane and enjoyable experience with horses.
A Vibrant Grassroots Grow … Solutions
A major goal of this project is to address the alarming rise in recent years of light horses in need of rescue and care. Grassroots challenges can engage would-be riders, hopefully reducing the number of horses who are ‘unwanted.’
Providing for a fair and humane challenge that grows the horse/human partnership is the purpose of the league.
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The purpose of the league is to foster public participation in humane horse activities.
Jumping is an excellent all-around training activity because so little of it is jumping: balance and timing and control are required.
Meet John Royce, the writer and blogger behind the ASJL concept …