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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...

College Equestrian Teams: What’s The Best Fit For You? NCAA vs. IHSA

By Annie Birmingham The end of May marks a new adventure for high school students across America: it is officially time to begin contemplating your college options. This task is particularly tedious for young equestrians,...

Violet Tatum “It’s Important to Be Kind”

The standout junior rider on her diligent practice, show ring milestones—and why kindness matters most. BY Rennie Dyball It’s hard not to notice Violet Tatum. Just 15 years old, the California junior rider excels in all three...

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...

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...

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...

The Road to IEA Nationals

BY LAUREN KEILTY IEA season is a wrap as Hunt-Seat National Finals finished up in Syracuse, NY. Only the top eighteen riders and teams got that far, but what did it take to get there?...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Vladimir Littauer and the Art of Forward Riding

William Steinkraus, Joe Fargis, Lendon Gray, Scot Evans, Bernie Traurig. What do these respected horsemen have in common? All were influenced by the forward riding system established by Captain Vladimir Littauer. Much of today's...

Thinking of Going to College for Horses? Read This.

BY LUCILE VIGOUROUX, MSc Equestrians who aspire to make a career out of horses are confident about one thing: their passion for the animal and the sport. But the path to success as an equine...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

$25,000 USHJA Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education Application is Open for 2024

Edited Press Release Lexington, Ky.—Jan. 3, 2024—The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to open applications for the 2024 $25,000 Hamel Family Scholarship for Further Education. This scholarship is currently accepting applications from active USHJA members. The...

A Day with the IHSA

Above: A rider walking by the arena at a 2016 St. Lawrence University IHSA Show. Photo by Adam Hill. By Sissy Wickes As a Director of the USHJA, a judge, a trainer, and a parent, I...

Sweet Briar College: Better than Ever

BY SISSY WICKES Private education is a challenging and changing landscape in the age of skyrocketing tuition and online options. Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA found itself in the same difficult conundrum as...