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College Isn’t a Waste of Time for Aspiring Equestrian Professionals

BY HAYLIE KERSTETTER While I spent a lot of time debating colleges, degrees and career paths, I always knew that I wanted to do something with horses. Many young people who want to work in...

College Preparatory Invitational Florida: A Different Kind of Horse Show

BY IAN MCFARLIN  Recently, I had the opportunity to show some really nice horses alongside talented riders in south Florida. No, I wasn’t battling it out for the top spot with Beezie, McLain or Kent...

A Practical, Well-Rounded Education Awaits at Emory & Henry College

Whether you want to pursue a college degree in equine studies or ride competitively at the collegiate level, Emory & Henry College is the perfect place for students to graduate with a top-notch, private,...

So Much More Than a Diploma: St. Andrews University Equestrian Studies

BY LAUREN MAULDIN Picking a college is the first step of adulthood for many, and there are countless factors that go into determining which school is the best fit. But add horses into the mix?...

What Do You Wish You Knew Before Becoming a College Athlete?

The Plaid Horse asked this question to the College Equestrian Facebook group. Here are some of our favorite answers … “Find quiet moments at the barn! Sometimes between practice, workouts, classes, and jobs, it’s easy...

Creating Opportunities: My Experiences as a Working Student In and After College

BY AMANDA TERBRUSCH When you think of the words “working student” you probably think of aspiring professionals, junior riders looking to work their way onto the ‘A’ circuit, or even young teenagers willing to spend...

2020 National College Equestrian Association Fall Season Recap

BY AUBURN ELVIS As COVID19 precautions became a daily reality in our 2020 world, most of the National College Equestrian Association opted out of Fall competition, focusing their attention instead on a Spring return to...

No Place Like Home? Bridgewater College to Sell Equestrian Center and Shift Riding Teams

BY WALTER ROBB Bridgewater College used to feel like home.  I'm a junior here, and heavily involved in the equestrian program. Being able to learn to ride horses at school has been a dream of mine...

From Confusing to Life Saving – The IHSA Team That Became Home

BY CADY WAKITSCH College student Cady found herself depressed and isolated in a new environment when she stumbled across the equestrian team—not realizing it was huntseat rather than her usual saddleseat. After her "sea of...

Sea of Green Ribbons

BY CADY WAKITSCH College freshman, Cady, wanted horses in her life and headed to equestrian team tryouts only to realize that collegiate riding was a lot different than the saddleseat lessons of her youth. You...

Lake Erie College: Where Equestrian Career Dreams Can Become Reality

Originally from the September 2020 issue. By Elyse Schenk Contrary to popular belief, the start of college doesn’t have to mean the end of horses. In fact, higher education is a jumping-off point for an equine-based...

Lost in College – A Saddleseat Rider Uses (Hunter!) Horses to Find Her Way

BY CADY WAKITSCH I never expected to continue riding horses after high school. I had been riding saddleseat since I was four, but I never owned or leased and didn’t get serious into competing. I...

Entering the Western World as a Hunter

BY MCKENNA DEBUS Growing up in the hunter world, the most exposure I had to western riding was from cowboys in movies.  My perspective of western was that it was rough around the edges and...

9 FAQs for Riders Interested in College IHSA Teams

BY ELIZABETH SOUSA During college, there are a lot of questions that arise—ones you ask, and ones you’re asked. Being the captain of an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team, I’ve had my fair share...

Lessons Learned from Collegiate Riding Last After the Season Ends Short

BY TAYLOR MCRAE Collegiate riding offers the opportunity to learn lessons that lectures and labs can never hope to impart. The experience of riding in university is unparalleled, and I am so thankful to have...

Where Have All the Big Eq Ribbon Winners Gone?

As all equestrians in the U.S. near the end of their junior riding careers and are facing the stresses of “aging out” and which side of the December 1st USEF birthday they fall, they...

An Open Letter to the Collegiate Equestrians

BY NOA LEIBSON To my fellow athletes, I know, I know. It wasn’t supposed to end this way. We were supposed to have another hurrah. We were supposed to wake early in the morning again with...

Hands-On Learning at Emory & Henry College Sustains Equestrian Careers

By Lauren Mauldin Attending college is one of the most important steps of a young person’s life. For many, it’s the gateway to adulthood. It’s the first time most students have lived away from home,...

What You Need to Know About Donating Your Horse to a Collegiate Program

By Prof Mary Pardee, M. ED I am a professional beggar. This may be a strange statement given that I am gainfully employed in my fourteenth year as a Professor in the School of...

How Not Riding in College Made Me Appreciate My Equestrian Roots

BY SYDNEY CHARLTON Heels down, eyes up, shoulders back. I silently count to keep a steady rhythm, relying on both skill and good fortune to clear the eight demanding obstacles. The two minutes spent in...

A Guide to Horse Donations

BY RITA TIMPARANO Have you been trying to sell your horse for the past few weeks, months or perhaps years? All the bills associated with owning a horse continue to accumulate: board, training, farrier, veterinarian,...

SCAD Equestrian: A Legacy of Excellence

BY ASHLEY HENRY, Equestrian Head Coach, The Savannah College of Art and Design Building a championship team is truly a creative endeavor.  Next year will be my fifteenth year coaching the SCAD equestrian team. Our...