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MaeHunt Farm Sponsors Additional $2,500 Andrew Ryback Photography Scholarship

The Andrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse Higher Learning Scholarship has awarded over $10,000 to equestrians pursuing higher education. Given the success of this scholarship, MaeHunt Farm and trainer Katie Jones have stepped...

Picking the Best College Riding Program for You

BY ERIN PRUTOW Prior to opening my own equine law practice in Southern California, I spent four incredible years showing on the Oklahoma State NCEA Equestrian Team. Like many high school equestrians, the decision of whether to go...

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...

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...

Sweet Briar College and the Transformative Experience of Riding

Written by Sissy Wickes Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA, has had more than its share of trials in the past eighteen months. Slated to close its doors in 2015, the small female liberal...

The Right Stuff: At IEA Finals, Sportsmanship Reigns

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Coffee was a necessity on Friday along the coliseum rail of the IEA Hunt Seat National Finals at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York. Though the start time of...

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...

More Than a Lucky Draw: Life Lessons From IEA

BY LEXI PLAISTED I sat on a horse before I could walk on my own two feet. Horses have shaped my entire life, and yet the moment that changed my life the most occurred when...

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...

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...

Sweet Briar College: How The All-Women’s College Has Built A Legacy In The Arena—And...

BY April Bilodeau When it’s time to decide where to continue their education, most college-age equestrians base their choice on what riding programs the school offers…while most parents key into the academics and course offerings. For...

First Timer Perspective: Rachel Van Allen Reports from Capital Challenge on the Ariat National...

Oct. 8, 2016--Upper Marlboro, MD The adrenaline rush of a competitive equitation final isn’t just for the under 18 crowd. The Ariat National Adult Medal Final, held each year at Capital Challenge, gives adult riders...

Thrills, Spills, & One Big Work-Off: Adam Edgar Is Electric in the USEF/Cacchione Cup...

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Beezie Madden won it for Southern Seminary in 1984. Peter Wylde took the title for Tufts two years later. If ever there was a predictor of future greatness in collegiate riding, the...

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...

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...

St. Andrews University – Fusing Passion and Business: An Innovative MBA in Equine Entrepreneurship

Imagine turning your passion for horses into a thriving business. For equine enthusiasts dreaming of a career in the equestrian industry, St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC, illuminates the path to success with its...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Bees & Horses: A Year Like No Other

By Ashley Henry, Head Coach, SCAD Equestrian  When the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) hosted the Tournament of Champions in May, it was the first in-person competition that the SCAD Bees had participated...

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...