Post University Announces New Dressage Team Coach and New Practice Site

WATERBURY, Conn. (June 17, 2009) – Post University announces the appointment of Jennifer Ford of Orange, Conn. as Coach for Post University’s Intercollegiate Dressage Team.  The team will practice at Turning Point Farm in Woodbridge.

Coach Ford is not new to the Equine Program at Post University.  She has worked in the equine office and is a member of the Equine Resources Committee. 

"Jennifer is well-prepared to assume this role," says Equine Program Director Carole Baker. "Her experience provides a nice blend of teaching skills and competitive experience that will benefit the team in a number of ways."

Ford holds Teaching Certification from the University of New Hampshire, and is in the process of obtaining Associate Instructor Certification from the United States Dressage Federation.  She has taught and competed in both Dressage and Eventing for nearly 20 years in the local area. 

"I am very thankful to Post for appointing me as Coach for the IDA Team and I look forward to a great semester,” said Ford.  “We have a great barn of horses and a fantastic group of riders, a combination that should make for a really fun and successful year."

Cynthia Parker, owner and manager of Turning Point Farm where the team will now practice, says she is thrilled to welcome Post’s Dressage Team.  "We are looking forward to building a great partnership with the students and horses," she says.  "We hope the riders from Post will feel welcome here and will call Turning Point Farm their home away from home.  We plan to provide the kind of support that these young riders need to keep up their training and remain competitive." 

Baker agrees, saying, "We expect Turning Point to be a really nice place for the Dressage Team and are looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.  Having Jennifer as the Resident Instructor at the farm is an added bonus."

Coach Jamison Wallace, who coached the team for three years, will continue to be involved with Post’s equine program.  “Our thanks also go to Jamison Wallace, who has been dedicated to the Dressage Team and has worked extremely hard to help the team members gain good competitive experience,” stated Baker. “We greatly value her enthusiasm and input in so many areas, and look forward to many more years of working together.”

Founded in 1890, Post University is a career-oriented university committed to providing students with the knowledge, personal skills and experience required to be leaders in their chosen fields.  Located in Waterbury, Conn., Post University provides a wide array of degree programs for on-campus and online students of all ages. It is known for its quality, career-driven academic programs, small classes, national award-winning student activities, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics. Its 2,000 full- and part-time students come from the United States and abroad, and are supported by faculty whose mission is to prepare students to compete and succeed in today’s global workplace.  To learn more about Post University, visit www.post.edu or call 800-345-2562. 

For further information about Post University’s Equine programs, contact the Post University Equine Department at 203-596-4631 or 203-596-4645, or by email CBaker@post.edu or ABloxsom@post.edu