Life-long area resident and respected equestrian trainer Fran Summerlin-Histed recently passed the United States Eventing Association’s (USEA) Instructor Certification Program Assessment at Level II.

Fran received her advanced certification after a year of active study and participation at USEA workshops in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. The Level II qualification means that she is approved by the USEA to teach and coach riders through Preliminary Horse Trials and Three Day Events, the Training Level Three Day Event test, and the Concours Complet International (CCI*) and the Concours International Combine (CIC*).

“I am very proud to have received this certification. It prepares me, even more, to give my students the most advanced training possible,” said Summerlin-Histed. “Continuous training and advanced certifications are vital to increasing awareness and credibility for our equestrian disciplines in this area of Alabama,” added Summerlin-Histed.

Fran has over 30 years experience with training and showing horses of all levels. She has trained and shown through 4th level dressage, competing successfully throughout the Southeast. She has evented extensively and been instrumental in training horses through the Advanced level in Three Day Eventing. Fran has also been the Coordinator of the United States Eventing Association’s Area III Young Riders.

She has been Chef d’Equipe of the Area III Young Rider’s eventing teams competing in the North American Young Rider’s Championships in 2002 at Tempel Farm in Wadsworth, Illinois, in 2003, in Bromont, Canada, and in 2004, again at Tempel Farm in Wadsworth, Illinois. These teams were consistently in the medals.

Many on Fran’s previous students and horses are now competing at the Intermediate and Advanced levels of eventing. One of her previous horses competed in 2004 at the Olympics in Athens and several more have competed at the prestigious Rolex International Four Star Equestrian Competition in Lexington, KY and the world-renowned international competitions at Burghley and Badminton in England.

Fran can be contacted at 256-538-3732 in Steele for more information about equestrian training.

-Staff Report

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