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    My daughter is beginning to look for colleges (she is a junior in HS) and wants to continue riding in college. She is doing 1.30 jumpers and all the big eq and wants to take her horse with her. She is looking for a college with a very nice equestrian facility and is less concerned about location. So my question is what colleges have the nicest equestrian facilities?

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    University of Findlay has pretty nice facilities, limited turn out but of the places I've visited theirs are the nicest.

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      If she isn't planning on an equestrian major, Franklin and Marshall College has an equestrian team. They ride at Windy Mansion Equestrian Center under Jere Frankhouser. The facilities, care and training is top notch. They also attend most of the big shows. Some of the girls on the team choose to stay over the summer to train and show with him. The college gives a quality education.

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        Not really the advice you're looking for, but....don't pick what schools your daughter is going to apply to based on their riding facilities. Pick the school for the school and choose the riding after, whether it's on a nice facility on campus or a nice facility that you've found off campus.

        My main criteria when I was picking colleges was that it had a riding team...I missed out on a lot of good schools because of that and I'm really regretting my choices now, if I'd known when I was applying what I had known now, I would have had a lot more criteria ahead of riding, because the riding can happen wherever you go.

        But, that said...like the above poster said, University of Findlay...I'd also add Mount Holyoke, Sweet Briar, I showed once at Lake Erie College and it was really nice there, a friend of mine goes to Albion College and says the facilities there are really nice...

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          LEC is nice but a pain to show at in the winter. I refuse to now, warm up is just way too small. Regular indoor is very nice though.

          From what I understand from my trainer and best friend, college riding teams are very different than doing the regular hunters. Best friend HATED it. Switched to just leasing a horse and doing regular hunter shows.

          But ditto to picking a school based on academics and location, not just the riding (unless she's going to be an equine major).
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            The school's barn only matters if she wants to ride for a team. If not, you need a school that allows freshman to bring cars, and is within a half hour of a decent barn. As far as nicest school barns, Mount Holyoke's is beautiful.

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              Unsolicited advice, but I second with a thumbs up what HJ said a couple posts above. I made the same mistake. I adapt easily to situations so I thought I could just make the best of any situation and that would be enough. I was wrong. I made the best out of it. It wasn't enough.

              Please tell her to consider a lot of other criteria. Encourage her to consider what would happen if she could not ride. If the school would not still be enough, it is not the right school. In the first couple of weeks of my first yea second semester, when I was supposed to be really getting into the riding season, I badly injured both legs. Both of the injuries separately were enough to make me not able to walk for about two weeks, nevertheless when they were combined. These things really can happen.

              Again, unsolicited advice. But after my experience I feel I should share it.
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              • #8
                I agree pick the school based on the academics and then find a place for her to ride. What major is she considering as you might get different answers? Also what part of the country are you/she considering?

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                  Originally posted by hj0519 View Post
                  Not really the advice you're looking for, but....don't pick what schools your daughter is going to apply to based on their riding facilities. Pick the school for the school and choose the riding after, whether it's on a nice facility on campus or a nice facility that you've found off campus.

                  My main criteria when I was picking colleges was that it had a riding team...I missed out on a lot of good schools because of that and I'm really regretting my choices now, if I'd known when I was applying what I had known now, I would have had a lot more criteria ahead of riding, because the riding can happen wherever you go.

                  But, that said...like the above poster said, University of Findlay...I'd also add Mount Holyoke, Sweet Briar, I showed once at Lake Erie College and it was really nice there, a friend of mine goes to Albion College and says the facilities there are really nice...
                  I agree with this 1000%. She can always find a barn close to campus to keep her horse. Your daughter sounds like a very accomplished rider but I've known several girls who have gone to the very horsey schools, Centenary, Lake Erie, etc., with the intention of riding on the IHSA team, and trying out for the team and not making it. Again I don't know your daughter's abilities but those teams are VERY selective. They are also a huge time commitment and she would probably have little time to devote to her own horse.

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                  • #10
                    The OP needs to clarify whether her daughter wants to ride for a team or whether she wants to ride her own horse near school. There is a HUGE difference. A good, quality hunter/jumper barn can be found almost everywhere, find a school and the barn will come. If she wants to ride on a team it's a totally different situation.
                    Can you stress-fracture your brain?

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                      Originally posted by hj0519 View Post
                      Not really the advice you're looking for, but....don't pick what schools your daughter is going to apply to based on their riding facilities. Pick the school for the school and choose the riding after, whether it's on a nice facility on campus or a nice facility that you've found off campus.

                      My main criteria when I was picking colleges was that it had a riding team...I missed out on a lot of good schools because of that and I'm really regretting my choices now, if I'd known when I was applying what I had known now, I would have had a lot more criteria ahead of riding, because the riding can happen wherever you go.

                      But, that said...like the above poster said, University of Findlay...I'd also add Mount Holyoke, Sweet Briar, I showed once at Lake Erie College and it was really nice there, a friend of mine goes to Albion College and says the facilities there are really nice...
                      ditto! education first, riding second. trust me, OP, find a school and a nice barn will be somewhere (granted, as long as shes not going to somewhere in the middle of nowhere in western land. then it will be tough)
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                        To clarify she is not picking based on riding and her top 3 schools are not "horsey" schools. She would just like to apply to a few schools that are "horsey" just in case she changes her mind. And as for if she wants to be on a team or not she is open to the possibility and just trying to gather as much information as possible. And thank you all for your stories and suggestions, again she just wants to see all possibilities and keep them all open.

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                        • #13
                          I'm going to Skidmore College in the Fall. They have a great facility, excellent trainers, and are one of the best teams out there. PM me if you have specific questions.
                          http://www.skidmoreriding.com/

                          Mount Holyoke was another one of my schools that I had considered applying to. They are also known for their amazing riding program and facilities. Centenary is one of the best teams in the country and they have the instructors, horses, and facilities to boot. University of Georgia, Auburn University, College of Charleston, Texas A&M, and University of South Carolina have some of the best teams in the country as well.
                          www.justworldinternational.org

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                            She can always try to start a team....

                            The IHSA founder started this as a college freshman. With help, of course.

                            What does she want to major in? That would help too.

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                              She is unsure of her major at the moment but possibly pre-vet/med.

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                                I have never known anyone who had good luck taking their SHOW horse to school with them. Especially horses used to big show barn lifestyle & care...

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                                  I went to St. Andrews Presbyterian College... and loved it. I went for the riding, and while there the facilities got even better! The equitation center is amazing! not to mention the fantastic horses and staff there as well...

                                  and i got me a education too! i highly reccomend it,

                                  and for whatever i spelled wrong, dont blame st. Andrews... i just cant spell!

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                                    *jumper*- She knows not to pick just on riding and the schools she is mainly thinking about dont even have equestrian facilities, but she is just trying to get an idea of the other options available. But thanks for your concerns!

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                                      *jumper*- She knows not to pick just on riding and the schools she is mainly thinking about dont even have equestrian facilities, but she is just trying to get an idea of the other options available. But thanks for your concerns!

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                                        Originally posted by RyGirl View Post
                                        I have never known anyone who had good luck taking their SHOW horse to school with them. Especially horses used to big show barn lifestyle & care...
                                        I totally disagree. She probably won't be able to heavily campaign the circuit, but if she's smart, hardworking and willing to make sacrifices, she'll certainly be able to keep showing.

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