Best college for riding?

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  • WWGMD Original Poster WWGMD
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    I’m going into my junior year in HS and I’m starting to look at colleges – I definitely want to ride at school, and I might want to pursue an equine major or minor (still deciding). Does anyone have any recommendations for schools with either good riding teams, good equine studies programs, or both?

    FadingTwilight FadingTwilight
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    I’m not sure i can recommend any, but what areas are you looking in? That will help others list some for you. I know there are a few good ones in Ohio, but there also some decent ones in other neighboring states.


    schepansky.alex schepansky.alex
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    Depending on how far away you want to go to college, I would highly suggest University of Findlay. They have great professors and their equine program is great! They also offer majors and minors in equine studies along with other majors and minors to choose from. Id definitely check that out.

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    Also in Ohio, Lake Erie College, it’s a little smaller than Findlay I believe. Their Equine and Science departments are very nice and the horses are great.

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    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana is a beautiful school. It is much smaller than Findlay, and the riding facilities are immaculate. Everyone there has been very helpful in my college search and I was told that they will help find you a career, or at least an internship, after graduation.

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    First, make sure that the IHSA format is going to be something you will enjoy before choosing your school based on that. I went to USC and the equestrian team was awesome! Loved the coach, girls, horses, facilities, and perks of being a D1 athlete; however the IHSA is not like the USHJA AT ALL!!!! It depends on what your experience going into it is, if you will be in a lower level division and don’t have much circuit experience you might like it, but most of my big EQ friends all echo the same motto: Stay away from IHSA

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    West Texas A&M is awesome, but I’m a little partial since I graduated from there! They do have an IHSA team, but they have an great horse center. You can get a Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Business & Industry and the professors are fantastic. They have a great equestrian team and horse judging team.

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    University of New Hampshire all the way. Seriously one of the best programs I have seen.

    There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.

    Everclear Everclear
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    Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA)
    current colleges/universities with teams

    Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA)
    current colleges/universities with teams

    Happy searching & application process!

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