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    I've been trying to find information on how to get an equestrian scholarship and what scholarships are available, but I can't find anything really useful. Do you guys know where I could find some information?
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    • #3
      The NCAA offers scholarships for D1 Varsity Equestrian. Visit varsityequestrian.com to see which schools offer scholarships, but to get one now you really need to be competing at or above 3'6 and doing very well in tough competition.

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      • #4
        You can also check out your show association. I know VHSA offers a scholarship for members.

        Google is definitely your friend (and would have been my first stop) -- varsityscholarships.com was the first thing that popped up when I did a search. The first three sites all looked quite good and reputable with a ton of pertinent information.

        Good luck!
        According to the Mayan calendar, the world will not end this week. Please plan your life accordingly.

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          Originally posted by loshad View Post
          You can also check out your show association. I know VHSA offers a scholarship for members.

          Google is definitely your friend (and would have been my first stop) -- varsityscholarships.com was the first thing that popped up when I did a search. The first three sites all looked quite good and reputable with a ton of pertinent information.

          Good luck!
          What did u google? I googled a bunch of different things and couldn't find much.

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          • #6
            Equestrian scholarships.
            According to the Mayan calendar, the world will not end this week. Please plan your life accordingly.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by heartinrye View Post
              The NCAA offers scholarships for D1 Varsity Equestrian. Visit varsityequestrian.com to see which schools offer scholarships, but to get one now you really need to be competing at or above 3'6 and doing very well in tough competition.
              This kills me. If you are in a position where you have had opportunity to prove you are very competitive at 3'6 or above, I'm thinking you don't need that scholarship money.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hot Soup View Post
                This kills me. If you are in a position where you have had opportunity to prove you are very competitive at 3'6 or above, I'm thinking you don't need that scholarship money.
                Athletic scholarships and need based scholarships are two totally different things.
                To the original poster; do a search here on COTH about varsity equestrian, NCAA equestrian, etc. and you will find out a lot of information that has been discussed extensively.

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                • #9
                  You also might want to check out the Equestrian Talent Searches:

                  http://beckettrunriding.com/equestrian_talent_search

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hot Soup View Post
                    This kills me. If you are in a position where you have had opportunity to prove you are very competitive at 3'6 or above, I'm thinking you don't need that scholarship money.
                    Division 1 athletics is supposed to be about the best of the best. It isn't a charity. The fact that our sport requires a certain amount of money to be successful is of no interest to the NCAA.
                    "Are you yawning? You don't ride well enough to yawn. I can yawn, because I ride better than you. Meredith Michael Beerbaum can yawn. But you? Not so much..."
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                    • #11
                      There are many scholarships offered from many smaller organizations. Some go unclaimed. Many of the breed organizations ofer scholarship $ as well as regional horse show groups and PHA's. Do some sleuthing and you can find way more than you think.
                      www.midatlanticeq.com
                      Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival,Scholarships and College Fair
                      November 11-13, 2016

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                      • #12
                        Another site you may find some info is www.equestriancollegerecruiter.com They seem to be doing a pretty good job as an information source.
                        www.midatlanticeq.com
                        Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival,Scholarships and College Fair
                        November 11-13, 2016

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                        • #13
                          Take a look at the National PHA website.
                          http://www.nationalpha.com/purpose.html
                          They have a scholarship fund as do some of the local chapters.
                          http://www.nationalpha.com/chapters.html

                          Here is some information from a local chapter
                          http://www.lipha.org/scholarshipprogr.html

                          The LIPHA awarded 5 scholarships last year
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                            Originally posted by SaturdayNightLive View Post
                            Division 1 athletics is supposed to be about the best of the best. It isn't a charity. The fact that our sport requires a certain amount of money to be successful is of no interest to the NCAA.
                            How about the riders who have the talent to be very successful but not the financial means to compete at those levels. By limiting the pool to those with both the talent & big money combo, they are excluding a heck of a lot of talented riders.

                            Anyways, I still think the fundamental purpose of any scholarship (merit-based, need-based, etc.) is about opportunity for education. In this case, the pool for a free college education is being limited to students who already have finances in place (an assumption I'm making based on what I know of the costs associated with being a top junior rider in this sport); I just think a huge opportunity like that could be better appointed.

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                              I know plenty of young riders that have gotten on NCAA teams without being heiresses or natonal champions. But yes, you must ride well. Stop whining and go out and promote yourself to the teams.
                              www.midatlanticeq.com
                              Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival,Scholarships and College Fair
                              November 11-13, 2016

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                                Originally posted by Hot Soup View Post
                                How about the riders who have the talent to be very successful but not the financial means to compete at those levels. By limiting the pool to those with both the talent & big money combo, they are excluding a heck of a lot of talented riders.

                                Anyways, I still think the fundamental purpose of any scholarship (merit-based, need-based, etc.) is about opportunity for education. In this case, the pool for a free college education is being limited to students who already have finances in place (an assumption I'm making based on what I know of the costs associated with being a top junior rider in this sport); I just think a huge opportunity like that could be better appointed.
                                When a school is funding a D1 Equestrian Team they expect results and many times the coaches are under a lot of pressure to produce said results. Just because a rider has been lucky enough to have the funds to compete at the 3'6" level should in no way make them less deserving of a scholarship. Talented riders without a long show record can still get on the teams as walk ons or through open try outs with the opportunity for scholarship money in later years.

                                I was recruited and am on a partial scholarship as a freshman at a D1 school. While I was fortunate enough to have a lot of opportunities as a junior I also worked my butt off riding everything I could and helping my trainers on the ground to get here. In no way do I think those opportunities should exclude me from being able to earn a scholarship for something I happen to have some talent at. It just happens to be that an extensive show record proves how useful you could be to the team and gives the coach an idea of what you're capable of under pressure in competition.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Hot Soup View Post
                                  This kills me. If you are in a position where you have had opportunity to prove you are very competitive at 3'6 or above, I'm thinking you don't need that scholarship money.
                                  that's where it gets tricky, because MOST well-known medal riders/jr hunter riders are NOT interested in NCAA because that means they cant do ANY money classes the year before they start riding for NCAA and they cant while they do NCAA. thats the killer for most well known/well funded jr riding stars.

                                  so, it does root out a lot of kids who do alright and dont have tons of money. chances are, those kids dont have the funds for a fancy schmancy jr hunter that is worth putting in a money class -- these are the kids theyre getting on these teams.
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                                  • #18
                                    NCAA equestrian is like any other NCAA sport; it is about recruiting the best-not about being fair to everyone. The football team is out recruiting top high school football players. You can try-out as a walk-on without that high school experience but you have to show an extraordinary talent to be selected for a team. It just makes sense that if the equestrian team is competing at 3'/3'6" that would recruit riders that have shown they have that ability. (That being said the NCAA teams recruit western and english flat riders).

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by superpony123 View Post
                                      that's where it gets tricky, because MOST well-known medal riders/jr hunter riders are NOT interested in NCAA because that means they cant do ANY money classes the year before they start riding for NCAA and they cant while they do NCAA. thats the killer for most well known/well funded jr riding stars.

                                      so, it does root out a lot of kids who do alright and dont have tons of money. chances are, those kids dont have the funds for a fancy schmancy jr hunter that is worth putting in a money class -- these are the kids theyre getting on these teams.
                                      That information is incorrect. There is no limit on money classes before they start riding for NCAA. Just that the money won cannot exceed the expenses. While they are on a team money can be won during the "off-season" which is usually the summer so long as it once again does not exceed expenses.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Hot Soup View Post
                                        How about the riders who have the talent to be very successful but not the financial means to compete at those levels. By limiting the pool to those with both the talent & big money combo, they are excluding a heck of a lot of talented riders.

                                        Anyways, I still think the fundamental purpose of any scholarship (merit-based, need-based, etc.) is about opportunity for education. In this case, the pool for a free college education is being limited to students who already have finances in place (an assumption I'm making based on what I know of the costs associated with being a top junior rider in this sport); I just think a huge opportunity like that could be better appointed.
                                        So, should a D1 football team choose a player who has the build and desire to play football but came from a school without a football program over a talented football player? Uh, no.

                                        Sorry, but a truly talented rider can make it without being a millionaire. Sounds like you're a lot of sour grapes.

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