Shelby French, Girl Scout Alumni and former CEO of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), has completed the Approved Stable list and Activity Checkpoints to be used for equestrian activities within the Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council.
Shelby was a Girl Scout member beginning as a Brownie through Senior with her Senior Mariner troop. Throughout her Girl Scout experience she attended summer camp every year and participated as a camp counselor during high school and college. She participated in the last Girl Scout Round-up in 1967 and describes her Girl Scout experience as a whole as unforgettable.
After college Shelby began a career of equestrian education at St. Andrews college in North Carolina as the Director of Riding and continued this path at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. In 2012 she was named CEO of the USHJA.
Shelby's motivation for completing this project began with a call to action from the Council to utilize her extensive equestrian knowledge. With an out of date stable list and safety activity checkpoints, Shelby had quite an undertaking in her hands.
"I received the materials and took the steps necessary to update the stable list, compile the safety checkpoints and make sure all criteria were up to date and functionally ready for use." Shelby said of the project.
With Kentucky being the "epicenter of equestrian life", Shelby describes her hopes for the use of her updated program materials, "Equestrian life is a huge part of the culture of Kentucky. Of course my hopes are for more young people to become involved in the culture of the state, but furthermore I wanted to utilize the Girl Scout program to offer quality facilities for our younger generation to participate in while gaining more knowledge of the equine world."
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