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Paul Cronin of Rectortown, Virginia was the Director of the Riding Program and head instructor at Sweet Briar College for 34 years and currently serves as Professor Emeritus for the college, a position he’s held since 2001. During his time at Sweet Briar Paul coached multiple ANRC Champion and ANRC Reserve Champion Teams.
Paul’s own riding career focused on the hunter division where he competed success-fully in the Boston area as a junior, rode horses for Gen. Richard Mellon’s Rolling Rock Farm in 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 at 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, Paul served on the original AHSA commit-tee that planned and established clinics for hunter and hunt seat equitation judges. Today, he enjoys a successful career as a consultant and clinician and has received many accolades along the way, including being named the Educator of the Year by the Virginia Horse Council and receiving a USHJA Presidents Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for his work on the USHJA Trainers Certification Committee. In 2004, his book, Riding and Schooling the Sport Horse was published and currently he’s preparing a manuscript on the history of the American Hunter/Jumper System.