Jerry Schurink's BIO:
Jerry Schurink begins his second season as Bridgewater College's director of riding.
first season with the Eagles, the program won its second straight regional title and sent two riders to individual competition at the IHSA National Show
in Raleigh, N.C.
Schurink comes to Bridgewater after a long and successful tenure at the University of Massachusetts.
He became the director of riding at UMass in 1994 and in 1996 added the responsibility of coaching the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) riding team.
From 2002-10, he was also the director of equine studies.
In 2008, Schurink
led the UMass IHSA team to the Region 3, Zone 1 title and a trip to the national show when his
team defeated perennial riding power Mount Holyoke College for the zone title.
Schurink's riding career dates back to the late 1970s.
In 1979 he
Beriter certification, the college degree for riders and trainers in Germany.
was named the United States Dressage Federation Young Rider of the Year in 1980 and in 1982-84 was selected to train at the U.S. Equestrian Team facility in Hamilton, Mass., with Jack LeGoff.
In 1984-86, Schurink
was co-coach of the USEA
(United States Eventing Association) Area 1 Young Rider championship team, resulting in bronze, silver and gold medals respectively.
In 1997 he
was invited to train with U.S. Eventing Team Coach, Captain Mark Phillips in Millbrook, N.Y.
He is also a founding member of the USEA Instructor Certification Program.
Currently, Schurink is an instructor, trainer, coach and competitor in dressage, eventing and jumper/equitation.
He is also a multi-discipline equestrian clinician and an equine business consultant.
also holds many professional certifications and awards, including the 2011 United States Pony Club Academy of Achievement Award
and National Youth Congress Leader; the USEA Area 1 American Young Riders/Junior Riders championship coach and the U.S. Dressage Federation Candidate "L Judges Program" participant.
Schurink received his associate's degree in animal science from Thomson School, University of New Hampshire in 1982 and his bachelor of science degree in animal science from the University of New Hampshire in 1985.