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Paul Cronin


Paul, who lives in Rectortown, Virginia, was the Director of the Riding Program and Head Instructor at Sweet Briar College for 34 years. In addition to clinics throughout the United States as well as special clinics in Brazil and England, at the college Paul taught hundreds of riders on different levels and with different goals.  He also specialized in teaching advanced pupils to train/school horses on a range of levels.  He currently serves as Professor Emeritus for the College, a position he’s held since 2001.

His riding career focused on riding and schooling hunters and jumpers and teaching in the American Hunter Jumper System. He competed successfully in the Boston area as a junior, rode horses for Gen. Richard Mellon’s Rolling Rock Farm, Pennsylvania as an amateur and showed and trained young horses in Virginia.

For more than 30 years, Paul was a student of international horseman and educator V.S. Littauer, and took a semester of sabbatical leave to ride at the French National Military School in Saumer. In addition to his horsemanship, Paul has done graduate work in sport psychology and motor learning at the University of Virginia.

During his 25 years as a hunter and hunter seat equitation judge, he served on the national committee that planned and established clinics for hunter and hunt seat equitation judges. Today, he enjoys a successful career as a consultant in Equestrian Education Programs and Management and as a clinician.

He has received many accolades along the way, including being named the Educator of the Year by the Virginia Horse Council, a USHJA Professional Service Award in 2007, and the USEF Pegasus Award in 2009. His book, Riding and Schooling the Sport Horse was published in 2004 and reprinted in 2005. Currently, he is a member of the USHJA’s Trainer Certification Program Committee and he’s preparing a manuscript on the history of the American Hunter/Jumper System.

Source USHJA’s In Stride Magazine 4/09