Young cross country course designer sought to mentor under Nicholson

John Nicholson
Virginia Horse Trials organizer Andy Bowles (left) and FEI course designer John Nicholson. Photo by Brant Gamma | Via VHT

The Virginia Horse Trials announced in December an opportunity for a young Cross Country Course Designer who is starting their pursuit of Course Designing, but if you want a shot you’ll have to act fast.

The VHT is looking for an enthusiastic new cross country course designer to take over our Horse Center side cross country course which caters for BN to Prelim classes under the mentorship of our recently appointed FEI Course Designer John Nicholson from New Zealand for an initial 2-year period.

Nicholson is a well-recognized international designer who designs in numerous countries around the world and who this year was the course director for the FEI International Course Designers Seminar in Ireland, which focused on designers from all over the world.

The winning candidate will be expected to be on site for about 10-14 days prior to the events working alongside Nicholson and the builders. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by VHT and a small fee may be negotiated for the right candidate.

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 8. (Friday!) Applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Equestrian Resume
  • A brief outline on your thoughts on modern
    cross-country-course designing and ideas on how to improve the presentation of courses.

Mail applications to Virginia Horse Trials, 3455 FM 731 Burleson, TX, 76028

Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel with a phone interview, then a final selection will be made by this panel and the Executive Director of VHT. Final appointment will be made by the
end of January 2016.

Additional information about the application and selection process can be found at Course Designer Mentor Program.

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