Advice For Riders Vying To Be On A College Equestrian Team

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We asked University of South Carolina assistant equestrian coach, Kristen Terebesi to share advice for young riders who want to make it on a college team

Here’s a summary of what she said:

Get Experience

  • Ride as many different horses as you can (the good, the bad and the ugly)

Keep In Touch

  • Send video links of your riding
  • Fill out appropriate forms
  • Be honest about the experiences you’ve had
  • Be open to watching your competitors and understand the caliber that’s out there

What Horses Will I Ride?

  • The National Collegiate Equestrian Association tests five riders from each team in head-to-head competitions.
  • Five horses are selected for each event.
  • Each rider is paired with one of the five horses in a random draw before the competition.
  • She is able to watch the horse warm up and receives four minutes to practice on her assigned mount before competing.
  • Riders from opposing teams compete on the same horse in the head-to-head competition.
  • Each rider receives a score and the rider with the highest score receives one point for her team.

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Other Attributes

  • A focus on mentorship
  • Brave, willing and resilient personality
  • Focus on horsemanship

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