Six-time Olympian and USEA Hall of Famer Michael Page Returns to Judge 2016 College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show

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The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) is delighted to welcome Michael Page as returning judge for the CPI horse show slated for January 15-17, 2016, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm Beach, Florida. Page is among the most accomplished and well respected horseman in the United States, with a career as a rider, trainer, coach, clinician and judge than spans nearly seven decades. In 2015, the CPI horse show in Palm Beach marked its fifth year with 150 student riders and nearly 30 participating colleges/universities from all over the nation. More than 30 states, including Hawaii, were represented by the diverse roster of participants who attended the CPI.

Page represented both the United States and Canada in international competition, including three Olympic Games and three Pan American games. With his USEA Hall of Fame horse ‘The Grasshopper’, Page took home individual gold medals at the Pan American Games in 1959 and 1963. He was a member of the U.S. teams that won gold in 1963 and 1967, and he earned an individual bronze medal in 1967. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, he placed fourth individually and earned team silver, also with The Grasshopper. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, he earned individual bronze and team silver on Foster.

Prior to receiving international acclaim, Page won the AHSA Medal Finals in 1956 and trained at the French Cavalry School in Saumur. His expertise in training and coaching is equally impressive. He coached the Canadian three-day team at the 1976 Olympics and served as Chef d'Equipe at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, the 1990 World Championships and 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Page regularly provides his expertise as an official, having previously judged the AHSA/ASPCA National Equitation Finals seven times and the Intercollegiate National Finals four times and the NCEA National Finals in 2014. His commitment to furthering the sport is evident in his previous service as chair of the AHSA Equitation Committee, AHSA Nominating Committee, and USET Nominating Committee and as Director of the USET.

“We welcome Mr. Page as our returning judge and are honored to have him as part of our program,” said CPI president, Lindsay Martin. “We’re dedicated to providing young equestrians with the opportunity to explore the college equestrian experience through a comprehensive education, competition and scholarship/community service program, and I’m delighted that as part of that mission we are partnered with an official as well respected and highly credentialed as Michael Page.”

About the College Preparatory Invitational

The CPI is a three-day event designed to educate student riders about the different formats of college equestrian competitions and provide riders with resources to help them create their desired college equestrian experience. Riders in grades 9 through 12 have a chance to win scholarships in hunt seat equitation competition and participate in educational presentations throughout the event. In an effort to encourage academic excellence and embed social integrity as a lifelong commitment to the equestrian sport, the CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund also awards riders the opportunity to win scholarships for academics and community service. To learn more about the CPI please visit http://www.collegeprepinvitational.com.