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College Riding 101

Specializing in educating high school aged riders and their parents about the various equestrian opportunities available at the college level and explain the recruiting process.

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What's In the Book?

what's in the book

CHAPTER 1: Introduction: topics covered include: Why Ride In College?, How To Use This Book, Getting Started, Getting Help, Consider Initial Criteria, Self-Assessment Quiz The Competitive Equestrian vs. The Equestrian Enthusiast, What Type of Program is Right for You? and a Journal Template is included.  

CHAPTER 2: The Competitive Equestrian: topics covered include: Disciplines Offered at College, Equestrian and Athletic Associations, Understanding NCAA, Varsity and the IHSA, Fast Facts on College dressage, polo, saddle seat, eventing, rodeo and the NCAA, 


CHAPTER 3: The Career Equestrian: topics covered include: Equestrian Studies, Some Common Equestrian Careers & Related Degrees, Job Descriptions 


CHAPTER 4: Academic Qualifications: topics covered include: Identifying the Best College For You, Knowing Yourself and Your Road Blocks, Academic Preferences as Compared to Majors and Minors, Narrowing Down a Major, Tips for Considering A School, Academic Qualifications: Grades, SAT and ACT Scores, Academic Reminders and Check List by Year


CHAPTER 5: The Admissions Process: topics covered include: How to Apply to Colleges, What Colleges Consider and Who To Ask For Help, Admissions Options, The Campus Visit. The Visit Checklist, When to Visit , The Interview, Say Thank You


CHAPTER 6: Athletics: topics covered include:  Who Can Be A Recruited Athlete? Who Gets Equestrian Athletic Scholarships?  What Does it Mean To Be a Prospect?, NCAA Prospects Start Here, A Brief Description of the Divisions, Understanding the Athletic Landscape & The NCAA Eligibility Understanding NCAA, Varsity and the IHSA, Academic Certification, Amateur Certification, Scholarship and Athletically Related Financial Aid, National Letter of Intent, Recruiting, Responsibilities for You and the Coach, Recruiting Terms and Important Dates, Common Mistakes Made by Prospects


CHAPTER 7: Athletics: Materials Used to Recruit and Be Recruited: topics covered include:  Sample Equestrian Prospect Resume Template, Making A Recruiting Video,The Interview, NCAA Sport Sponsorship, Important Tasks Listed by Year


CHAPTER 8: How to Pay for College: topics covered include: Cost of College, How to Pay For College, Free Money: Scholarships, Free Money: Institutional Grants, Borrowing: Loans Work Study and Employment


CHAPTER 9: Create Your Own Preseason Program: topics covered include:  What You Can Do in High School to Prepare for a College, Tryouts and Rider Placement, Goal Setting, Fitness for the College Equestrian, Attend a Camp, Clinics, or an Exposure Showcase, Join a High School or Youth Equestrian Program


CHAPTER 10: Wrapping It Up: topics covered include: Making a Decision, Comparison of Target Schools, College Equestrian Programs Listed by State and Program


REFERENCES AND RECOURSES: Summarized is a list of worksheets, check lists and charts and what pages they can be found on, as well as a list of websites for additional information.


EQUESTRIAN PROGRAMS: Listed by state with the type of program/team offered.

Events & Services

All Services Are Tailored to the Clients Needs!


Mounted Clinics: This service includes riding instruction, a lecture on college selection and the recruiting process, a mock competition in collegiate formats, and feedback is provided. 


Lectures: This service is provided to groups and organizations. It includes an explanation of the college riding associations, understanding the recruiting process, a discussion on what college coaches REALLY want to see from prospects (and NOT see), and Q&A session.


One-On-One Evaluations:  Guidance is available for riders trying to determine which type of program is right for them.  Rider evaluations, goal setting and instruction is available to include exercises and tips to get you ready for the college riding experience.


Tryout Preparation: Evaluation and guidance is available for riders trying to prepare for tryout or walk on positions. 


Personal Consultations: This service is for riders and parents who are unable to attend a lecture or clinic and may need additional assistance in navigating through the college riding process. 


Research Assistance: This service is available for riders trying to decide between schools.  College coaches can be hard to reach and may not  be able to provide you with the type of information you are requesting.  Our staff can assist in gathering information on the specific program you are interested in to help you make a decision on which programs are right for you.




  • Western States Horse Expo, CA

  • Equine Affaire, OH

  • Delaware Horse Expo, DE

  • PA World Expo, PA

  • Equine Affaire, MA

  • Wilton Riding Club, CT

  • Fox Hill Farm, Sleepy Hollow, NY 

  • Grier School, Tyrone, PA

  • College Equestrian Preparation Clinics at River’s Edge Farm, Bethany, CT

  • Sacred Heart University Equestrian College Prep Clinic

  • New Cannan Mounted Troop College Riding 101 Lecture

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About the Author:

Sloane Milstein founded College Riding 101 after completing her fourth season as an NCAA Division I, Varsity Equestrian and IHSA Coach and Assistant Athletic Director for Sacred Heart University.  “In more mainstream high school sports there is a natural progression from high school to college, coaches are more prepared to help their athletes. However there is clear need in our sport to educate riders, and their parents about the college riding process; when to start the search, understanding how the recruiting process works and how to determine which program is right for the individual students needs.”  


Coach Milstein is an experienced rider and instructor in numerous disciplines including hunter/jumpers, three-day eventing, side saddle and is proficient in western horsemanship.  She is also an accomplished all around athlete; 2000 and 2004 Olympic Hopeful in both Pistol Shooting and Modern Pentathlon (Running, Swimming, Shooting, Fencing and Horseback Riding) respectively.


Coach Milstein is currently a TCP certified instructor, USEF steward, the author of the High School Equestrian’s Guide to College Riding, the Equestrian Chair for Maccabi USA, and is currently a professor at Texas A&M in the Division of Sport Management.

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"Having worked in admissions for Harvard University, I understand the student application and acceptance process.  So I’m impressed with how comprehensive a resource Sloane Milstein has compiled... If there’s a high school-aged rider in your family who spells their college plans, h-o-r-s-e-s, this book can help them take the reins on their own future."

L.A. Pomeroy, IHSA Media Liaison

2010 AHP Freelance Print Journalist of the Year

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