Your scho­l­ar­ship in the USA

Equestrian is a tradi­tion in the USA. Not because of the cowboys, but because of the colleges. Since 1998 the sport has been regis­tered with the NCAA, the gover­ning body of all US college sports, as an “emer­ging sport”. With that said, the sport should grow slowly until it can finally be accepted as a full member of the NCAA family. Nevertheless, even the US tele­vi­sion network NBC reports on the biggest meets.
The most important thing for you: Sports scho­l­ar­s­hips are awarded for equestrian and enable you to combine your sport and your academic career at the highest level.

Equestrians studying at colleges in the USA

College teams in the USA

avail­able full scho­l­ar­s­hips for college equestrians



Equestrian sport

in the USA

How many scho­l­ar­s­hips are there?

As of now, 23 univer­si­ties have an equestrian team and offer up to 15 full scho­l­ar­s­hips per team.
In addi­tion, the schools provides horses and equip­ment to their riders.

How is the trai­ning and the season struc­tured in the USA?

Usually five riders from the univer­sity team compete against another team. On the day of the compe­ti­tion, pairs will be put toge­ther with one rider per univer­sity. They then have to compete against each other on the same horse drawn by lots in one of the following disci­plines:

  • Dres­sage: As in Germany, the riders must show a precise and harmo­nious harmony when carrying out the lessons. However, the horse is drawn to the rider.
  • Show jumping: In this disci­pline, riders have to over­come a course of eight to ten obsta­cles with their horse.
  • Horse­m­anship: Here the horse and rider show diffe­rent lessons in diffe­rent gaits of the horse according to a certain pattern.
  • Reining: Reining is similar to horse­m­anship, only there are addi­tional tasks such as “spins” (360 degree rota­tions on the horse’s hind­quar­ters) and “sliding stops” (stop­ping the horse from gallo­ping and sliding the hind­quar­ters under) added.

The riding season at the univer­si­ties takes place between September and November and between January and March. Depen­ding on how well your team does in both periods, the season conti­nues with playoff-like compe­ti­tions to choose the national cham­pion. In the USA there are almost exclu­si­vely so-called “dual meets”, where two univer­si­ties compete against each other.


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Requi­re­ments for your equestrian scho­l­ar­ship

In order to qualify for a sports scho­l­ar­ship in the USA, you don’t necessa­rily have to be a German cham­pion. Nevertheless, you should have already parti­ci­pated in German cham­pions­hips and show deve­lo­p­ment poten­tial. We can better fore­cast your chances for a sports scho­l­ar­ship if you fill out our non-binding assess­ment of oppor­tu­nities.

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