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Randi Heathman – The Equestrian College Advisor

How Randi Heathman Guides High School Equestrians on Their College Journeys BY Randi Heathman If you ask independent educational consultant Randi Heathman what she does, she’ll do her best impersonation of Liam Neeson and tell you...

Grace Russo: Putting Horsemanship First

BY April Bilodeau California native Grace Russo has had a busy, successful year in the show ring. The 16-year-old junior rider spent almost every weekend in 2023 showing, from her home state to all of...

Emory & Henry College – Providing Exceptional Support for Equestrians During Their College Careers

BY April Bilodeau Riding in college has grown in popularity in recent years, offering something for everyone no matter what discipline you choose. Many colleges offer riding as an extracurricular activity for students, but Emory...

The Many Options for College Equestrians

BY Helen Chimbos Have you considered riding in college but don't know where to start? Many young equestrians aspire to continue their riding journey into college but are unsure how to. There are plenty of...

The Grier School: A Triple Threat in the Equitation, Dressage, and Western Rings

BY April Bilodeau It’s pretty rare to see a rider crossover from the hunters to dressage to western disciplines. At Grier School, however, that’s just another normal day in the arena. Grier School is an all-girls...

Equitation Scoring

BY Hannah Fichter Stepping into the ring, the rider's mind swirls with questions. It's a nerve-wracking dance where every detail counts.  Is my number perfectly centered?  Have I dug my heels down deep enough?  Is my leg positioned...

Upperclassmen Dominate All-American Honors

BY Hannah Fichter “The more you practice, the better you’ll get.”  We’ve all heard this phrase.  For First-Years entering the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) there are many unknowns and changes, making the above phrase a little...

Intercollegiate Riding Has More Benefits Than You Think

By Sophia Strain I asked myself when my junior career is over, do I ride in college? Is it worth it? As a child when I would think about college, I was ready to throw myself...

On Community and College

By Randi C. Heathman I was halfway through writing the first draft of this piece when the architect of the “Varsity Blues” scandal, Rick Singer, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison....

Sweet Briar College: 100 Years of Equestrian Women

By Sarah Welk Baynum    Nestled in the rolling hills of Sweet Briar, VA, is a collegiate equestrian program that has been a part of campus culture for over 100 years. In fact, Sweet Briar...

“Good” College

By Randi C. Heathman I ask each new client family the same question when they join my practice: “How will you define success in the college process?” Typically, they all say the same thing: Their goal...

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Offers Equestrian Education with an International Focus

By Randi C. Heathman Though many schools of thought exist regarding the way to approach equestrian education, nearly all agree that hands-on training is the best. Whether it’s riding or horse and stable management, immersion...

“She Didn’t Resemble the Rest”

How Maclay Champion Augusta Iwasaki prevailed over criticism about her looks to blaze the trail for riders in the Big Eq—and beyond By Piper Klemm and Rennie Dyball Augusta Iwasaki won the ASPCA Maclay National Championship...

Dual Enrolled Selected to Second Film Festival

By Catie Staszak/Catie Staszak Media, Inc. Dual Enrolled, the short documentary on the demands and commitment required of equestrian student-athletes, has been officially selected to its second film festival. The 22nd Annual 15-Minutes of Fame Film...

TPH Pre-Veterinary Camp Resource: 2023

At The Plaid Horse, we love to promote careers in the equine industry that might not necessarily entail riding and training. Veterinarians play a crucial role in the industry and the care of our...

Averett University: Preparing Students for Careers in the Horse Industry

By Tyler Bui For students looking to pursue a career in the equestrian industry as well as ride on a collegiate level, finding the right university that offers both may be rare. Averett University is...

Grier School: A True Equestrian Dynasty

By Piper Klemm and Tyler Bui When we think about dynastic teams dominating sport for extended periods of time, we almost never think about equestrians. There are a couple—four-time US Olympian McLain Ward in the...

IEA Names 2022-2023 National Youth Board

Edited Press Release Monday, August 1, 2022 – (Columbus, Ohio) – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) announced the elected members of the 2022-2023 IEA National Youth Board. The Youth Board was created by the IEA’s Education Committee in 2016...

IEA Awards Over 100,000 in Cash and Collegiate Partner Scholarships During 20th Anniversary Season

Edited Press Release Monday, June 20, 2022 (Columbus, OH) – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) awarded $108,050 in cash scholarships and collegiate scholarships during their 20th Anniversary Season in 2021-2022. This total marks the largest single-year distribution of scholarship funds in the...

Inaugural USEF College Fair Brought to You by Upper Echelon Academy Coming to 2022 Adequan®/USEF...

Edited Press Release Lexington, Ky. - US Equestrian is pleased to announce that the inaugural USEF College Fair brought to you by Upper Echelon Academy will occur on Thursday, June 30, during the 2022 Adequan®/USEF Junior Hunter...

Five Students Awarded 2022 Andrew Ryback Photography Scholarships 

The recipients of the Andrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse Higher Learning Scholarship were announced at the 2022 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championship in Harrisburg, PA. The scholarship has awarded over...

Sacred Heart Captures IHSA Regional Championship

Edited Press Release SIMSBURY, Conn.- Champs. The Sacred Heart University equestrian team captured their eighth Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Regional Championship on Sunday after being named High Point Team at Trinity College. Of Note: Alyssa Kinney qualified for...