Advice For Riders Vying To Be On A College Equestrian Team
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:
- 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.
- A focus on mentorship
- Brave, willing and resilient personality
- Focus on horsemanship
- Sign up with NCAA Eligibility Center
- Update your bio, videos etc.