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To ride or Not to Ride - in COLLEGE!

(Part 1)

Next Step Consulting Provides Solutions

As equine professionals, one question we are asked REPEATEDLY by parents is, “Am I paying for my child to ride so they can get a scholarship to college?” Well sure, riding can get you a scholarship, but you may also end up paying more for your child’s riding education than for school tuition! (You know this to be true 😅). The good news is that there is more to riding in school than just getting the riding scholarship. Let’s take a look at the options. 

Can riding help you get into college?

Many parents have strong opinions about their child spending time in the saddle when they are also supposed to focus on their studies. But, for exceptional riders who don’t have the grades to get into Ivy League schools, riding on the team can tip the balance in your favor. 

One real-life example: One of our clients really wanted to go to Brown University. Her grades were good but not top-tier. However, her extensive riding resume put her at the top of the list to get in if she would agree to ride on the team!

Can your good grades give you the opportunity to ride? 

Maybe you don’t have a high-level riding resume, but you do want to ride in college on a good team. If your grades are impeccable, it’s possible to get a scholarship based on your grades to a college that has very strict grade standards and a great riding team!

In addition, many of the large, division one athletics need to balance out their scholarship money equally through different genders. This could be a way for someone with great grades to get an incredible scholarship to a great school if they were flexible about where they would attend. 

What does riding do for you?

A good way to approach riding in College is to first list your priorities:

  • Is the school more important to you?

  • Is the scholarship more important?

  • The strength of the riding team?

 Then work backwards to decide how riding helps you reach your goals.  Another example of how riding can help you reach your goals: Dartmouth has only in recent years added riding to its sports roster. It is an incredibly difficult school to get into but if you have strong academics and solid equestrian results, this could get you into school AND onto the riding team.

Stay tuned for part 2 - To Take The Horse or Not to Take the Horse? 

 Are you or your child headed off to College soon? Let Next Step help you utilize riding to help you get the most out of your College experience. Your first consultation is on us. Email 

About Next Step

Learning through experimentation costs you time and money. Next Step was created by successful equestrian professionals in the hunter/jumper industry to give you access to a network of experts in their fields. Next Step can provide creative solutions for your horse business, hobby, or career. Services available include:

Career Management

Next Step provides Olympic-level strategy for an everyday price. As a third-party expert, there is no conflict of interest and they provide solid advice you can trust.

Business Assistance

Your hobby doesn't have to be a massive drain on your finances. Running your horse operation like a business can help you pay to play. We can show you how.

Project Management

From marketing, facility building, and event planning to charitable donations, and product representation, you have access to our network of specialty service providers to help you plan just about anything. 


As professionals without a stake in your purchases and sales, we can help you create and implement a clear investment strategy designed with your goals in mind.

Next Step hears your wants/needs, prioritizes them, and designs a program and connections that work for you. The options are endless with horses for lease and for sale along with connections with numerous professionals from across the globe. What's YOUR next step? Contact us for a free consultation. 

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