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  • College in Horse Areas

    Since I am considering transferring colleges, I thought I would throw this out there:

    What are the best areas to go to college in that have strong show barns in the area? I just need a couple areas to work off of. If anyone has any specific recommendations of barns near a college, I would love to have them! Feel free to PM me.
    And by show barn I mean A and AAs that are local/semi-local. I just want good quality care and instruction. I'm not looking to ride on a college team.

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    Can you narrow it down more? How close is close? What kind of climate/school/part of the country? Do you need lesson horses, or have your own? How about budget?

    If you're interested in the University of Arizona, several other COTHers and I would probably recommend the same trainer 15-20 minutes from campus, for example.
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      I went to U.C. Davis, right outside of Sacramento, and found it to be very horse central. There were a ton of shows, both schooling and A and B hunter jumper shows within an hour of the barn. There were at least 6 barns in a 15 minute radius to the university. Andrea Barbee runs a hunter/ jumper sales barn about 20 minutes away in Dixon, and goes to all the local shows. I rode with her and found her to be extremely knowledgeable and great to work with.

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        I thought about Washington and Lee in Lexington, Virginia but I go to Penn State which is definitely not in a horsey area but I found an amazing trainer and we make it to A/AA shows 2 times a month. Don't limit yourself to horsey areas! Although it would be helpful... And UVA is in Charlottesville which is right by the Barracks.
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          #5
          Hm well I would say anywhere south of CT (need warmer weather! College I am currently at is in upstate NY. Stupid me). My parents wouldn't be too thrilled about California.. So that is out haha. I'm really thinking about the Raleigh area, as well as somewhere in Florida or Virginia.

          Pretty much the states I am thinking about:
          NC, SC, VA, MD, FL, GA, TN, maybe DC area. MO would be an option as well since I have family there.

          May have my own, but if I don't then, I would probably be looking to lease something. (hunter-y I suppose, but I dabble in the eq).

          I'm not totally basing it off the riding scene but.. where I am now has very few options and I found myself realizing that I need a better situation if I am going to change schools. (I am changing for multiple reasons).

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          • #6
            What is your major or what will be your major as that might make a difference as well?

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              Psychology, so it is a pretty easy one! Might minor in sociology but that is just a thought for right now.

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                USC as in South Carolina, Camden in 30 minutes away, and you cant go 5 miles in any direction in Camden without hitting an AA trainer
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                • #9
                  Also to add, University of Delaware is about 40 minutes away from West Chester and with that Louise Serio and a bunch of other trainers who do the A shows. Sadly not a ton of AAs during the school year in the area though.
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                  • #10
                    What about University of Kentucky? Lexington is as horsey as it gets.
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                      UVA with The Barracks

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                      • #12
                        There are several nice schools in St. Louis, as well as a pretty full schedule of shows there and area trainers who attend them.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by makeasplash View Post
                          I thought about Washington and Lee in Lexington, Virginia....
                          Hi! Recent W&L grad here! I loved everything about W&L, but it is definitely a school that you'll want to visit before committing since it isn't for everyone...and it doesn't have a ton of transfer students, though there definitely are some. It's small enough though that most folks will know that you're a transfer student! That being said, I loved the psych classes I took (great professors! And great opportunities to get involved with research as an undergrad) and Lexington/Rockbridge County can't be beat for beautiful scenery. There are a few A coaches in the area -- the team rides with Gordon Reistrup, who also has clients that compete at As.

                          UVA is gorgeous as well!

                          ETA -- just saw that you're interested in the Raleigh area as well. I'm from Raleigh -- lots of good schools in the area (NCSU, UNC and Duke) along with lots of smaller schools. Harold Chopping is in Southern Pines, and goes to a lot of the As -- there are also lots of barns in the Raleigh area that compete regularly.

                          My brother attends Davidson College, which is outside of Charlotte, and loves it -- but it is also a small school, like W&L. I can't speak to the horse scene at Davidson, other than when I was looking at colleges (almost 10 years ago! Eek!) I heard that it is mostly a dressage scene. There is a tack shop right in town though -- and downtown Davidson is adorable!

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                            I go to the University of Delaware. I really like it and the barn that I keep my horse at is wonderful. It is a very horsey area super close to Chester County PA and a lot of barns in MD as well as in Delaware (those are more limited but everything's close)

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                              UVA

                              I think UVA would meet your criteria for strong show barns in the area. I believe that a 20 minute drive in any direction from the University would land you very near many, major show barns. The fact that UVA riding is hosted by the Barracks says a lot.

                              That said, I can't fathom choosing a college solely for that reason. I loved UVA, from grounds to the atmosphere, to well, just about everything. Everything except the program I chose. Blech. In hindsight, I would trade riding, atmosphere, and the picturesque setting for a stronger program in my chosen area. It's a great school, in an area with a lot of perks, but it isn't for everyone, for sure.

                              What academic area are you interested in?
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                                Originally posted by BybeeGirl View Post
                                I think UVA would meet your criteria for strong show barns in the area. I believe that a 20 minute drive in any direction from the University would land you very near many, major show barns. The fact that UVA riding is hosted by the Barracks says a lot.

                                That said, I can't fathom choosing a college solely for that reason. I loved UVA, from grounds to the atmosphere, to well, just about everything. Everything except the program I chose. Blech. In hindsight, I would trade riding, atmosphere, and the picturesque setting for a stronger program in my chosen area. It's a great school, in an area with a lot of perks, but it isn't for everyone, for sure.

                                What academic area are you interested in?
                                Well I'm interested in psych. Not sure about the specific area for it though, probably a general BS or BA and then will go more specific in grad school. I hope to be able to do research, but honestly I can go so many different ways with it and I'm still figuring out what it has to offer. What did you end up studying?

                                The college I am at now doesn't have a very big/strong psych program so that is one of the reasons I am transferring. I figure to at least look in areas where I know there will be riding, but it will not be the sole factor for me going anywhere.

                                I'm leaning toward a bigger school though. I've had enough of small schools in high school.

                                Anyone know about Florida Gulf Coast University and the riding near there?

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by eq3019 View Post
                                  Psychology, so it is a pretty easy one! Might minor in sociology but that is just a thought for right now.
                                  It is a pretty easy degree to find everywhere but where do you want to go with this degree? If you want to be a practicing psychiatrist then you need to choose an undergraduate school that is more tailored to that and is a ranked school in your major. Just because School A might have your major & be in a very horsey area does not mean it is the best school/option for you.

                                  Think more long term, you never know what curve balls life might throw at you. Ask me how I know
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                                    Originally posted by SmplySweet1021 View Post
                                    It is a pretty easy degree to find everywhere but where do you want to go with this degree? If you want to be a practicing psychiatrist then you need to choose an undergraduate school that is more tailored to that and is a ranked school in your major. Just because School A might have your major & be in a very horsey area does not mean it is the best school/option for you.

                                    Think more long term, you never know what curve balls life might throw at you. Ask me how I know
                                    Believe me, I realize this. I will not be choosing on this factor. I am just narrowing my search slightly with some recommendations. Not sure what I want to do with psychology yet, but I plan on narrowing my field as I take more courses since I haven't experienced all of what it has to offer.

                                    Horse area is a plus, but not the only factor for me. I just figured I might as well look where I know there will be a population of quality horse trainers.

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                                      Stetson University in Deland, FL. Right near Orlando.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Fiction View Post
                                        What about University of Kentucky? Lexington is as horsey as it gets.
                                        second that one

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