Young Riders Academy educational program kicks off in Lugano at Franklin University on June 16th

13 June - The final six selected athletes will gather in a week’s time to attend their first, tailor made, educational seminar.

The program is developed over three days, during which riders will address topics such as Communication, Mental Coaching as well as several fundamental aspects of Veterinary in showjumping.

Partner of this training session is the Franklin University Switzerland, which has also an equestrian soul: Pascal Tone, one of its founders, former President, and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees, was in fact Vice President of the U.S. Team Equestrian from 1979 to 1990.

Speakers of these lectures are all considered teachers of reference in their disciplines, because of their experience and career, and they will try to transfer to all athletes proper tools to be successful.

Dr. Gregory Warden, President of Franklin University Switzerland, together with Athenaeum board’s members Eleonora Moroni Ottaviani and avv. Giuseppe Bianchi, will welcome Bertram Allen, Emanuele Bianchi, Kaya Lüthi, Monika Martini, Chantal Müller and Emilie Stampfli on Monday afternoon.

Mr. Giancarlo Dillena, editor in chief of Corriere del Ticino will introduce basics of media communication. Dr. Livio Sgarbi, founder and president of Ekis coaching company, will address issues on athletes’ minds in training and competition. How to influence results, to achieve goals, to strengthen beliefs and to manage emotional state will be the core matters for his first session. Concerning veterinary lecture, Dr. Med. Vet. Stéphane Montavon who is Chief of Veterinary Services within Swiss Army, FEI Veterinary Delegate and Swiss Olympic Show Jumping Trainer, will report on the following topics: basic anatomical facts, jumping quality and sequences, ground value, training and management of own horses.

It will be an intense and challenging three days meeting, but we strongly believe that these talented riders will appreciate and benefit from this new experience.

Eleonora Moroni Ottaviani

On behalf of Athenaeum board

Franklin University Switzerland is a private, residential, four-year, U.S .and Swiss accredited university located in Lugano, the principal city of Switzerland's southernmost Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. An American liberal arts institution in an international environment, Franklin is fully accredited as a university in the United States by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and in Switzerland by the Swiss University Conference. Franklin University Switzerland’s education places emphasis on cross-cultural perspectives. Since it was founded in 1969, Franklin’s mission has been inspired by a commitment to courses of study that are international in perspective and cross-cultural in content.

The Project

The young Riders Academy consists in the organization of a riding academy dedicated to young talents. The program has been developed by Athenaeum – a non-profit association founded by a group of professionals with a passion for horses – under the patronage of the European Equestrian Federation and with the cooperation of the International Jumping Riders Club. Rolex, the world’s leading Swiss watch brand, has joined from the start as the project’s main sponsor for a multi-year contract.

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