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    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinion on a few different colleges.
    1. If a representative from SMU, Georgia or Auburn is on COTH please PM me.
    2. I was wondering about the quality of the horses the schools use. (I heard they can be bad at times.)
    3. Which schools have the best, knowledgeable coaches?

    I have just started looking into colleges and would like some inside opinions of NCAA.
    Thanks!!!

  • #2
    Originally posted by easysleeper View Post
    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinion on a few different colleges.
    1. If a representative from SMU, Georgia or Auburn is on COTH please PM me.
    2. I was wondering about the quality of the horses the schools use. (I heard they can be bad at times.)
    3. Which schools have the best, knowledgeable coaches?

    I have just started looking into colleges and would like some inside opinions of NCAA.
    Thanks!!!
    Any "official" representative from any of these schools could get into trouble with the NCAA if they randomly contacted you; there are very strict rules in place about how and when they can contact potential recruits.

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    • #3
      I don't ride for any of those schools, but I do ride for University of South Carolina's NCAA team, so I do have experience with the horses. UGA and Auburn's horses (the ones they use in shows) are mostly nice horses that people have donated for various reasons. Generally, they have soundness issues or the owners weren't able to sell them. Can't tell you a whole lot about SMU's horses, but I can almost guarantee they are not as nice as the other two's.

      As far as coaching goes, South Carolina's hunt seat coach is awesome. I know that UGA has had some issues with riders liking their coaches--at least that is what I've heard. I don't know about Auburn or SMU.

      I hope that helps.

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      • #4
        You will get your best and most accurate information from talking with students on the teams at any individual school. They can tell you what it is like to be on the team, etc. Good luck and give some consideration to the IHSA programs too. It depends on what your objectives are, but some of the IHSA programs are very competitive, more laid back throughout the year, do not have restrictions on earning money on your own horses, and still give you an opportunity for finals at the end of the year.

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        • #5
          I ride for SMU. Feel free to PM if you like.

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          • #6
            I checked out USC's team.

            Depending on how old you are, the coaches may not even be able to talk to you, but I went to a couple of the shows. I reccommend you do the same if you can! I decided I HATED the format after watching them.

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            • #7
              Unless you are 'known' and competitive at the 3'6" level, the chances of you getting on the team at the better NCAA schools is pretty slim. Schools are now actively recruiting the top riders, and are getting them. You have the riders that have won or ribboned at various finals now going the NCAA route. Some of the 'not as competitive' NCAA schools may be an option, but many of those don't give scholarship money if that is something you are looking for as well. You should first go to Varsity Equestrian and the NCAA Clearinghouse, and learn about NCAA rules though--very strict for contacting potential athletes.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by momof3 View Post
                Some of the 'not as competitive' NCAA schools may be an option, but many of those don't give scholarship money if that is something you are looking for as well.
                I think this depends - a friend of mine just got accepted to SDSU (South Dakota State) with scholarship money.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Aubreyyy View Post
                  I checked out USC's team.

                  Depending on how old you are, the coaches may not even be able to talk to you, but I went to a couple of the shows. I reccommend you do the same if you can! I decided I HATED the format after watching them.
                  Yeah, definitely go see the shows and see if you like the format - I don't really like the format either, I like IHSA better because it's more like "regular" horse show format. I didn't like the whole head-to-head thing and doing a flat test and not a flat class.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CFiona View Post
                    I think this depends - a friend of mine just got accepted to SDSU (South Dakota State) with scholarship money.
                    I hope your friend visited South Dakota in winter to get a feel for what its like.
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                    • #11
                      ha!

                      Originally posted by Windswept Stable View Post
                      I hope your friend visited South Dakota in winter to get a feel for what its like.
                      Hahaha, funny you mention that! She did just visit, I believe it was February or March, but of course it was a beautiful day! Blue skies, not a cloud for miles! Of course it was cold as H*$# but it was beautiful and I think it sucked her right in! They always get the Freshman that way don't they?

                      I asked her "You know, it is South DAKOTA. Are you SURE you know what you are doing?" And she said she is ready for it. She's been though some nasty winters here, and she works at a barn with no covered arena, not really even a covered aisle, since she was 11. She's just excited to have an indoor arena and real plumbing!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CFiona View Post
                        Hahaha, funny you mention that! She did just visit, I believe it was February or March, but of course it was a beautiful day! Blue skies, not a cloud for miles! Of course it was cold as H*$# but it was beautiful and I think it sucked her right in! They always get the Freshman that way don't they?

                        I asked her "You know, it is South DAKOTA. Are you SURE you know what you are doing?" And she said she is ready for it. She's been though some nasty winters here, and she works at a barn with no covered arena, not really even a covered aisle, since she was 11. She's just excited to have an indoor arena and real plumbing!
                        My daughter visited there about 4 yrs ago to see about riding there--it was so cold, the wind was howling and it was freezing cold... and we were there in October. And it was snowing & blowing at the HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME. I went back to the hotel and my daughter said she had to keep going to the bathroom to find warmth because she could not feel her toes! That was in early or mid October. I can only imagine what real winter is like.
                        Scholarship offer was GREAT... but too cold. Otherwise a great school.
                        Super nice people at the college.
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                        • #13
                          A fully funded NCAA riding program has 15 full scholarships to offer every year. They can give out full rides or divide the scholarships up as they see fit. I don't know if all of the schools that participate are fully funded or not.

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                          • #14
                            I just got back from USC's (South Carolina) Equestrian Clinic today. The coaches gave us a lot of information about their team and NCAA rules, as well as great riding instruction on flat and jumping. I'm not sure if any of the colleges you are looking at do Clinics but I highly recommend going to one if they offer it, to get a feel of what that school is looking for.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by momof3 View Post
                              Unless you are 'known' and competitive at the 3'6" level, the chances of you getting on the team at the better NCAA schools is pretty slim. Schools are now actively recruiting the top riders, and are getting them. You have the riders that have won or ribboned at various finals now going the NCAA route. Some of the 'not as competitive' NCAA schools may be an option, but many of those don't give scholarship money if that is something you are looking for as well. You should first go to Varsity Equestrian and the NCAA Clearinghouse, and learn about NCAA rules though--very strict for contacting potential athletes.
                              Truth.

                              I'm a pretty decent rider... I've shown some in the 3's and 4's and the USET, but not consistently since my horse is 20 and has some soundness issues. I was turned down by my school. They told me things at my try-out that were contradictory (that I got in too short when I had a fine spot and too short when I found a longer spot at the next fence), as well as telling me things about my riding that were untrue (said my leg swung badly, which is doesn't and that I was too short at 5'7").

                              I would have appreciated them just saying "we're going to sign this girl who won year ends in the Childrens/Junior/Green hunters because it looks better on our website. But they had to, by some rule I'm sure, throw me on a horse and watch me ride. I didn't have the name and the record for them to publish, so I was passed over.


                              I'm currently looking for a horse that I can do the High A/O's on and maybe go to YR's with. Just wait... if I go to YR's the same coach will be beating down the door to get me on the team.

                              Don't get me wrong, I'm not bitter or angry, I'm offering this as info for someone out there who might have a chance to build the kind of reputation these teams are looking for....

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                              • #16
                                Wow, Smile, where do you go to school? I'm sorry that you were treated badly during tryouts.

                                I know that, while not every girl on my team receives scholarship money, most who try out DO make it on the team and receive all of the benefits that come along with that. I guess it just varies wildly from school to school.

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                                • #17
                                  I was given a scholarship and rode on the team at St. Andrews Presbyterian College and they have a fantastic riding program and a multi-million dollar facility. In my opinion, the best equestrian teams right now are the following:

                                  UVA
                                  SCAD
                                  Sweet Briar College
                                  St. Andrews College

                                  Many of the best equestrian colleges do not even participate in NCAA due to its limitations and format. The schools that participate in ANRC usually have the most talented riders and horses from my experience. Hope this helps.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by BearWolf View Post
                                    I was given a scholarship and rode on the team at St. Andrews Presbyterian College and they have a fantastic riding program and a multi-million dollar facility. In my opinion, the best equestrian teams right now are the following:

                                    UVA
                                    SCAD
                                    Sweet Briar College
                                    St. Andrews College

                                    Many of the best equestrian colleges do not even participate in NCAA due to its limitations and format. The schools that participate in ANRC usually have the most talented riders and horses from my experience. Hope this helps.
                                    There are a ton of academic scholarships out there at many school. D-3 schools are not allowed to give athletic scholarships to anyone. That said, the good athletes usually will get some nice academic money.

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                                    • #19
                                      Not sure what you are referring to in the above post. Despite its small student body, St. Andrews is NOT a division 3 college, its in Division 2. Furthermore, I was given an academic and athletic scholarship there and the equestrian team does not participate in NCAA due to its limitations. They would rather participate in ANRC which is much more competitive than the NCAA shows and have the flexibility to compete in Florida during the winter at the major A shows. Perhaps you should check your facts before making broad statements.....

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Tha Ridge View Post
                                        Wow, Smile, where do you go to school? I'm sorry that you were treated badly during tryouts.

                                        I know that, while not every girl on my team receives scholarship money, most who try out DO make it on the team and receive all of the benefits that come along with that. I guess it just varies wildly from school to school.
                                        Can't speak for all NCAA schoolks but DD was told at two schools - yes they would look at her if she really wanted but the team is recruited and the liklihood of making it is very very small. DD was not sure about the commitment to an NCAA sport so it wasn't an issue... but it was an interesting response

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