FAQ’s About the UVM Equestrian Team
Q: Do I have to try out to make the team?
A: Yes. Tryouts are held at the beginning of the fall semester and ALL interested riders are required to participate, including riders who have been on the team before. All riders are required to wear boots, breeches, a polo shirt, gloves and helmet to tryouts. There is a $5 administrative fee.
Q: How many riders are on the team and what criteria are used in selecting them?
A: 30 to 35. A successful candidate will be fit, athletic, energetic, 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! I encourage interested riders to send videos of their riding. It can be very helpful in the selection process. Please only send via email or a YouTube link.
Q: I haven’t ridden in a few years. Should I try out for the team?
A: It is highly recommended that you be actively riding before trying out. Even taking lessons over the summer before school will help. The team is not the proper place for you to get back into riding.
Q: What if I don’t make the team?
A: You may arrange lessons, depending on availability, to improve your skills and tryout 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: All levels of rider are welcome, but you should be skilled within 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 attendance at weekly meetings. Riders should allot 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, which are $30/class, 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?
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 boots, breeches, and gloves to lessons. Hair should be neat and tidy. During the colder months, riders may wear winter riding attire. All riders must wear ASTM certified helmets when mounted.
Q: May I bring my own horse to school?
A: Yes. There are always a number of student-owned horses which are kept at Imajica. If you are interested in doing so, please contact us as soon as possible since stalls are available only on a limited basis.
Q: Will my horse be used by the team?
A: Not unless you would like it to be. However, riders with their own horses are welcome to ride them in team lessons.
Q: May I bring my own saddle?
Q: I am interested in applying to UVM. May I schedule an appointment to speak with you and visit the farm?
A: You are welcome to come to the farm for a self-guided tour. Because Imajica is a private facility and usually very busy, I do not meet with prospective students. 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. There are no riding scholarships and I have no impact on your ability to get into the school.
Information can be found on their website: www.uvm.edu