Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we no longer allow prospective students to visit the farm.
For information about the University of Vermont’s academic programs, admissions, and other questions which are not related to the equestrian team, please contact the school directly at www.uvm.edu . There are no riding scholarships, the equestrian team is a club sport and we have no impact on your ability to get into the school.
FAQ’s About the UVM Equestrian Team
Q: I am interested in the equestrian team. May I schedule an appointment to speak with someone?
A: Send an email and we will connect you with a current team member who can answer any questions you might have which are not answered on this page. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we no longer allow visits to the farm.
Q: Do I have to try out to make the team?
A: Yes. We hold tryouts in the fall. Please send a video of your riding on the flat and over fences as well as your USEF rider report, if you have one.
Q: How many riders are on the team and what criteria are used in selecting them?
A: 25 to 30 riders. A successful candidate will be fit, athletic, energetic, competitive at their level, have a good attitude, and be able to take instruction. While this is a competitive team, the ultimate focus is on developing good riders who are team players and have a good work ethic.
Q. May I send you a video of my riding?
A. Absolutely! We ask that interested riders send videos of their riding, their USEF rider report, or other background information. This is the first part of our selection process. Please send via a YouTube link.
Q: I haven’t ridden in a few years. Should I try out for the team?
A: No, you should be actively riding before trying out. The team is not the proper place for you to get back into riding after an extended hiatus.
Q: What if I don’t make the team?
A: You are welcome to try out again at a later date.
Q: Do I need my own horse?
A: No, the team’s trainer supplies the horses.
Q: Do I have to be a great rider?
A: You should be competitive at your level. We have riders who range in ability from first-year beginners to Grand Prix competitors.
Q: What are the required time commitments?
A: The commitment to the equestrian team is for the entire year. Riders will attend a minimum of two lessons each week, two hours of mandatory help at the barn as well as scheduled strength/fitness workouts. Riders should allow about three hours of free time on lesson days. If you have a heavy course load, it may not be possible for you to commit to the team.
Q: What costs are involved?
A: You will be responsible for your lesson fees, entry fees for competitions, and other nominal expenses. Lesson fees are paid in their entirety at the beginning of each year and are non-refundable.
Q: How do we get to lessons and work hours?
A: There is a team member with a car in every lesson who will bring you to and from the farm.
Q: What if I don’t have or cannot afford show attire?
A: It is often possible to borrow items from other team riders.
Q: What do we wear to lessons?
A: Riders are required to wear an ASTM-approved helmet, boots, breeches, tucked-in shirt, and gloves to lessons. Hair should be neat and tidy. During the colder months, riders may wear winter riding attire.
Q: May I bring my own saddle?
A: Yes, space permitting.
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