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Colleges that accept eventing/jumper donations?

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  • Colleges that accept eventing/jumper donations?

    Have a eventer/pony jumper that I would like to donate, but most schools seem hunter orientated. Are there any that would accept her? She is not limited by being a pony and can carry a good sized rider and jump a big course.

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    Mount Holyoke College up in MA has a xc course and a dressage team. I would suspect they might take an event focused horse/pony if it fits in their program.

    http://athletics.mtholyoke.edu/facil...n_center/index

    I would really explore what any college does with the pony if they no longer fit in their program.
    ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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      If you care about the horse, definitely explore what happens to the horse if they can't use it or it gets hurt. Read their contract VERY carefully. I've heard some horror stories -- there are a few on here
      "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."

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        I just saw in Sidelines mag an ad for someone who "brokers" donations for colleges. Don't know if they are aboveboard or what, but they may have some ideas.

        EQUESTRIAN COLLEGE RECRUITER LLC - is looking for some nice school horses that are serviceably sound. These horses can compete on the flat through jumping 3’6”. Many colleges are looking for mounts to replace some of their school horses that are retiring. I have placed about 8 horses in the last few months. You get the satisfaction of finding your horse a new home where he will be well cared for and loved and you may qualify for a tax write off. This is a free service and colleges are anxiously waiting on some new arrivals. Please visit www.EquestrianCollegeRecruiter.com and click on the donation link.
        OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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          I replied on the hunter forum - Dartmouth tends to have more eventers than hunters. They do dressage and IHSA, so the more adjustable horses the better. They also have folks who fox hunt and some other activities, so a horse who isn't "only" a hunter is good there. I've heard the cross country jumps aren't there anymore which is a shame because we had fun with them, but they still have many trails to ride on.

          I have no idea what kind of a contract you can make with them, but donated horses tended to have a combination of retirement to pastures and resales to private homes who were perfect for them. I actually was very tempted to buy one of the horses when I graduated, because he could be difficult on the ground for other people but for whatever reason totally behaved for me, and he was fabulous under saddle.
          Originally posted by Silverbridge
          If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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          • #6
            Midway will take eventers and you don't even have to drive far!!! Otterbein does too (have a friend who donated her horse to their program). Good luck to you!!

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              Lake Erie College

              Lake Erie has a long history of eventing; two horses I owned/ trained/ worked with/ sold are there/ last time I checked; Warning I HAVE NO IDEA WHO, IS IN CHARGE OF THE PROGRAM NOW, HOW THE SCHOOL HORSES ARE CARED FOR; used, etc. so, make a visit and watch lots of lessons/ classes
              breeder of Mercury!

              remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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              • #8
                We had a bad experience donating to Dartmouth (which may have nothing to do with your situation)--feel free to PM me.

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                • #9
                  Wilson College

                  Wilson College has an Eventing Team and is now a regional Pony Club center. They always find homes for retired school horses. I graduated from there, and am a big fan of the director there. www.wilson.edu
                  If you have any questions, you can PM me!
                  Jessica Bortner-Harris
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                  "Throw your heart over the fence and your horse will follow."

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                    Originally posted by Bacchus View Post
                    If you care about the horse, definitely explore what happens to the horse if they can't use it or it gets hurt. Read their contract VERY carefully. I've heard some horror stories -- there are a few on here
                    X2!

                    Make sure you have everything in writing, even if the current program is good. Program directors change semi-regularly and things can be very different down the road.

                    Further, don't assume that the written contract is being followed. Make sure that you keep very close tabs on your horse throughout his/her lifetime.

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                    • #11
                      Many college horses go to auctions when no longer needed. Try free leasing to a local Pony Clubber. The tax write off is not worth the heartbreak

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                      • #12
                        University of New Hampshire - runs several sanctioned events each year, also.

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                          #13
                          Thank you! Sent a bunch of emails and videos off. Hopefully something works out.

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                            2nd the suggestion to free-lease the pony to a Pony Club kid. Anything donated to a college has to earn its keep - if not consistently rideable, it goes "down the road". We know how hard it is to rehome a beloved personal horse - what makes you think a college program will try particularly hard?

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                              I second UNH! I donated my mare there several years ago and they LOVE her. She is regularly shown by students in the UNH hosted HTs They have a real blast at that school. Both the IDA and IHSA teams have eventers on them. Both teams are also very competitive. Chris Keim and Sarah Hamilton are real class acts who really care about their horses.

                              Originally posted by netg View Post
                              I replied on the hunter forum - Dartmouth tends to have more eventers than hunters. They do dressage and IHSA, so the more adjustable horses the better.
                              I just wanted to note that while Dartmouth may "have" a dressage team, it's been inactive for several years now. I was told by team members that it had a lot to do with when the shows were scheduled and they different academic calendar (they start/end later than most schools).
                              "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"

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                                Originally posted by mg View Post
                                I just wanted to note that while Dartmouth may "have" a dressage team, it's been inactive for several years now. I was told by team members that it had a lot to do with when the shows were scheduled and they different academic calendar (they start/end later than most schools).
                                Dartmouth has dressage lessons. I didn't know that about the team, though. That's too bad - the team started when I was there, and gradually gained more support.
                                Originally posted by Silverbridge
                                If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.

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                                  Originally posted by JanWeber View Post
                                  2nd the suggestion to free-lease the pony to a Pony Club kid. Anything donated to a college has to earn its keep - if not consistently rideable, it goes "down the road". We know how hard it is to rehome a beloved personal horse - what makes you think a college program will try particularly hard?
                                  It's a young very sound pony so should be useful for a long time. I don't own her, just have her in my barn to sell. She came from a BNT in eventing and owner has put a lot of $$ into her and now wants a deduction rather than waiting for her to sell.

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                                    Johnson and Wales University, Providence RI - riding program located in Rehoboth, MA has quite a few eventers as well as dressage riders - and does right by their horses!

                                    Joan from Flatlands
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by keepthelegend View Post
                                      It's a young very sound pony so should be useful for a long time. I don't own her, just have her in my barn to sell. She came from a BNT in eventing and owner has put a lot of $$ into her and now wants a deduction rather than waiting for her to sell.
                                      I looked into donating a horse to a school when I was in the situation where I didn't want to wait too long to sell a horse while the bills added up and figured the tax write-off would be easier/quicker. After some cursory research it seemed like most schools wanted you to bring the horse to them and let them have it on trial for anywhere from a couple weeks to a month or more before they would decide IF they wanted to keep it.

                                      So if the school decided they didn't want the horse for whatever reason they could ask you to come back and get it and who knows what kind of issue the horse might have after they've "tested" it.

                                      After mulling it over I lowered the horse's price drastically and it sold in a week to someone who couldn't believe the great deal they got. They were happy and I was happy that the horse moved on quickly so I didn't have to keep paying board and training for for him. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses.

                                      If the pony won't sell quickly at 50-75% less than what they are currently asking either the pony is priced wayyyyyyy too high or it has some issue that a school won't want to deal with anyway. JMHO.
                                      Last edited by BestHorses; Jun. 23, 2011, 05:53 PM.

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                                      • #20
                                        You can donate to a Pony Club or a PC region- in order for it to be donated there has to be a specific "child" (PC now goes up to age 25) that the horse will go to. Sounds like this pony might be a good fit for PC?

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