Welcome to NTHJC's Covid-Critique! Since we are all unable to show at the moment, NTHJC is hosting its very own virtual clinic. Each week, a USEF judge from our area will review 20 or more submissions, and provide feedback on your round. It can be a round from ten years ago or earlier this year - whatever you'd like. All proceeds from the COVID-Critique will be included in NTHJC's annual benefit donation to a therapeutic riding program in the North Texas area. Fill out your details below to get started! 

This Week's Judge: Cyndi Merritt

Cyndi Merritt started her riding career in Southern California with the Rolling Hills Pony Club when she was 12. She worked up to becoming one of the youngest riders to achieve the “B” rating. When she turned 14, she started “babysitting” around the neighborhood and finally made enough money to purchase her first horse for $900. She and this horse went on to win many championships at the local and national levels - especially in the equitation. As time progressed, Cyndi realized she wanted to pursue her passion to become a horse trainer. After winning the Foxfield Medal Finals (on a borrowed horse) as an amateur, she then became a professional and assisted Rob Gage, Judy Martin and a few other trainers. In 1985, Rob Gage and she started the renowned G&G Stables. Their students showed and won in the National finals as well as Rob competing on the National and International Grand Prix circuit. During 1992, Cyndi opened her own Baycrest Farms where she produced many exceptional young hunters, had students competing and winning championships in the hunters, equitation and jumpers on the Pacific Coast as well as nationally. 2012 was a year for change, she sold her business and began to pursue her judging career. She received her ‘r’ in 2014 and ‘R’ in 2017 in both Hunters and Jumping Seat Equitation and constantly judges in Texas and throughout the US. She is now working on her ‘r’ in jumpers. Upon moving to Texas in 2016, Cyndi - along with her husband Matt, of 28 years, rides and shows her two Cutting horses while living in Weatherford. 

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