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Welcome to Equestrian College Recruiter

In today’s exciting world of collegiate equestrian, the college recruitment process starts earlier and earlier and is becoming more competitive than ever! Sound strategies and the proper preparation are imperative for success, it is vital for prospects to stand out and get on coaches’ radar. Ideally, the student would start establishing their collegiate resume in Freshman year of high school and creating college coach relationships and connections even before their junior year in high school.

At Equestrian College Recruiter, our foremost objective is to assist students and their families in establishing key relationships and to help them market their equestrian, academic, and interpersonal skills. We provide tools and resources to help narrow down and select schools that are a great fit athletically, intellectually, and socially, as well as help provide exposure to highlight and showcase the student’s distinct talents and accomplishments.

As aspiring students, parents and their trainers trudge through the complex college selection process, they find it can be an emotional, time consuming process, and that the information regarding a college’s program offerings can be overwhelming, confusing, and sometimes even conflicting. Trying to understand the requirements, what is needed for the application, the best types of supporting materials and just figuring out how to get the proper exposure is extremely stressful.

The key to a successful college selection process is to efficiently and effectively expose the student to the colleges that will most appropriately continue to develop the student’s unique skills, and present the best prospects for the future. Equestrian College Recruiter offers expert services that are specific to aspiring equestrians and their parents. Our vast network of resources will create introductions, help students become notable, and facilitate opportunities for them to showcase their talents to the colleges of their choice.

Equestrian College Recruiter recognizes that while each student has questions that are unique to their own needs and objectives, the answers to many questions can be found on our FAQs page.  Questions include:

  • What is the college equestrian riding experience all about?
  • Which schools have equestrian teams and offer scholarships?
  • How do I create the most effective recruitment videos and resumes?

If you are a college bound equestrian student, register your profile today on Equestrian College Recruiter!

Start your journey to achieving your college equestrian goals today!

College Riding Disciplines

Hunter Seat on the Flat

Hunter Seat on the Flat is a classic form of English riding using the style of forward seating. The term “Hunter Seat” is based on the tradition of fox tracking and hunting, and allows the horse more freedom of movement as the rider’s weight is carried in a more forward position and slightly off the horse’s back. Judging is based on the rider’s equitation covering numerous aspects.

Hunter Seat Over Fences

In the class Hunter Seat “Equitation over Fences” participants are judged on their riding position, ability, style, strategy, and consistency while negotiating a course of jumps with their horses. Judges evaluate the smoothness, flow from jump to jump to jump, the number of strides taken by the horse, and how well the rider and horse appear to make their round seem effortless.

Western Horsemanship

This event evaluates the rider’s skill in performing a set of stipulated maneuvers. Judging is based on the degree of precision and smoothness in executing seven to nine maneuvers and requires the horse and rider to work in precise and complete unison.

Western Reining

Western Reins is a class based on set patterns and a precise scoring system. The horse’s and rider’s athletic abilities are tested with patterns comprised of a series of maneuvers including spins, stops, flying lead changes, and circles with changes in size and speed.


As a national organization of college dressage programs, The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) is affiliated with the United States Dressage Federation and offers organized competitions that adhere closely to the US Equestrian Federation rules.


The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), with 137 member schools, oversees competitions and exhibitions throughout the US at which more than 3,500 student-athletes compete in its various and numerous exciting events.

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