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LOOKING FOR AN EQUESTRIAN SCHOLARSHIP?
Athletes who have coordination, strength and ability to ride are great candidates for college scholarships. Universities and colleges award equestrian scholarships to very talented athletes, which enables the athlete to participate in collegiate, intercollegiate matches and national championships.
Equestrian Scholarships – When is the best time?
The best time to go to the USA with an equestrian scholarship is right after graduation from high school or up to two years after. Only athletes ages 18 – 24 can compete within the college leagues, any older and you will be looking at competing in the NAIA. Coaches are increasingly committing to younger athletes as this gives them the opportunity to work with the athletes for a longer period of time. It is also possible to go to the USA for one to four years it depends on if you wish to seek a bachelor’s degree from you time there. We would recommend going to America as early as possible because this will give you the best chance of gaining a sports scholarship and turning professional after college.
Equestrian scholarships – How good do you have to be?
An equestrian scholarship can be achieved if you are at the right level. For riders on the level of Division I the chances to receive a full scholarship are relatively high if you know who to contact.
In order to gain the opportunities of your profile and thus receive higher scholarship offers, it is important that you try to participate more on a national level in the time prior to starting U.S college. This will show college coaches that you are able to compete at a high level.
If you are competing at a national level then you have a great chance of receiving a 100% scholarship. Coaches will also look at an athlete’s potential, it’s a vital aspect, as coaches know from experience that even moderate athletic performance can be boosted immensely with their intensive training methods. A college recruitment coach will look at a sport CV or the athlete, photographs, video and our staff advice regarding the athlete’s ability.
To find out whether you have what is takes in obtaining an equestrian scholarship and therefore be placed on a college team, please complete our free application form.
The team can evaluate your potential as a possible future college athlete. If the team believes you have a chance you will be invited to join our program. A sports consultant will go through everything you need to know about the sports scholarship process.
Equestrian training on a scholarships program
If you gain an equestrian scholarship you will be expected to practice for around 4 hours a day 5 times a week. This would consist of training and then additional strength and conditioning training. Practice can seem tough to an international athlete because you may not be used to the hard workouts and training. This hard training often allows athletes to reach previously unattained levels of fitness and performance while at college.