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Sun, Mar. 18th, 2007, 02:12 pm
recycleanimals: Riding in Santa Barbara

Hello everyone, I was referred here from equestrian.

So, I'm a high school senior and I've just received my college admissions letters. I live in San Diego, and I got accepted to both San Diego State and UC Santa Barbara. UCSB is obviously the better school, but the only thing that's holding me back from submitting my intent to enroll this very second is riding. I have the most amazing trainer right now that I've been riding with for years, and I honestly can't imagine ever riding with someone else. If I did end up going to UCSB, I would only really be able to come home on vacations and during the summer, so I would almost never get to see or ride with the trainer I have now. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good hunter/jumper barn in the Santa Barbara area that I can go and check out when I take a tour of the school. I don't own my own horse, so I'm just looking for a good trainer that I can take lessons with. I tried Googling "Santa Barbara + horseback riding" but didn't find much, and when I looked at the southern California equestrian directory, all I found were western barns. I figured you guys would understand putting your passion above anything else, including a college education, so I hope you can help me out. :)

I got some really great responses from people in equestrian about Ridgewood and Amapola. Ridgewood looks too expensive for me based on their boarding and training rates (they're twice as expensive as the current barn I'm with in San Diego), but I emailed both of the barns to get more information about their lesson rates. If anyone has any more information about these barns that deal with their lesson programs, trainers, and available horses to take lessons on, that'd be awesome. Also, I have absolutely zero interest in showing, so it doesn't matter if it's a show barn or not. I drive my current trainer crazy with how anti-show I am, haha. Thanks again!

Fri, Mar. 16th, 2007, 10:02 pm
equuswiz: fundraising

My poor(money-wise), unmotivated(fundraising-, not riding-wise) team need some suggestions for fundraising.
It can't be anything barn-related since we do not have our own barn. In fact it would probably be best if it wasnt horse related cause most people in the college don't even know we have an equestrian team. But if you have a horse related idea that does involve actually using a horse, go ahead and mention it.
We don't want to do that dang chocolate bars cause we all know we just end up buying them ourselves. And a bake sale does really bring in that much money. So other suggestions?

Tue, Mar. 13th, 2007, 12:54 pm
shahrazad: Living on an equestrian income after college

So, I just filled out the required exit counseling paperwork for my Stafford and Perkins loans and I'm feeling horrifically depressed about my financial future.

I'm going to be a working student during the day for a dressage trainer and keep my crappy night job so I can have money during the summer, but after that I'm not sure what I'm going to be doing. Hopefully I can find a job at a barn. If really desperate, I could go work for a newspaper since my actual degree is in journalism (I had to pick two concentrations where I'm certain not to make hardly any money). To make things more difficult, my boyfriend whom I'm moving in with is going to be starting grad school in the fall, so we're both going to be poor.

My point is, I was wondering if anyone who has graduated has any advice on how to make living on a small income work, particularly if you're trying to work in the equestrian world, or even if you're working in a different field and trying to support an equestrian addiction. At this point I'll just settle for an inspirational story. I just want to know that other people out there have graduated school and gotten jobs while still riding and managing to eat.

Mon, Feb. 12th, 2007, 10:36 am
blkmtnsafriruby: Cal Poly SLO

Can anyone tell me about the team/barns at cal poly SLO? I might be going there in a few years and I'm really trying to find a California school where I can keep my horse and ride. So yeah, any info would be great! Thanks!

Mon, Feb. 12th, 2007, 04:20 pm
kstardust: College - Riding Timings

Hi! I'm not really sure if this kind of entry works here!

To those of you with funky (read: very busy) college schedules, how many hours a week do you ride? If you get to ride maybe 3 or so days a week and have your horse(s) boarded at a barn, how often would they be turned out?

I don't have my own horse but I do wonder how it would be if I did. The place where I ride is kind of far and "out of the way", and no other barns closer to me so going there more frequently during the school year is difficult. So I'm just curious about other college students' schedules.

Cross posted at equestrian

Fri, Feb. 2nd, 2007, 12:56 pm
shahrazad: USDF Rider Workshop

So, I'm participating in my first USDF Rider Workshop the first weekend in March. It's being directed by Sarah Geikie.
For those of you who don't know, the USDF workshop program is part of eventually becoming a certified USDF instructor. There are workshops for each of the practical areas instructors are tested on for certification. The rider portion consists of presenting and riding a familiar horse on the first day and presenting and riding an unfamiliar horse on the second day.
So, my question is, have any of you participated in a workshop before, or another discipline's equivalent?
I'm getting a bit nervous as it gets closer and I was just looking for some experiences from others. A friend of mine is participating in the workshop with me and another friend is the organizer for it and they've both told me I'll be fine, but I've never really ridden and been scrutinized to my face before. At least at shows you don't have to stand there and listen while you're told what you did wrong in front of a bunch of other people!
Thanks everybody. :-)

Wed, Jan. 24th, 2007, 11:59 pm
colorimetry: Adopting program horses

Hey guys! I hope your semesters and beyond are going well.
I've been wondering if any of you have had experience adopting or buying a retiree from a college riding program. I'm planning to eventually adopt one of my school's horses when he is retired from the lesson program here, despite my mother's qualms about hauling him from Virginia to South Carolina =D I am 100% dedicated to this horse and the main instructor has most of the say in where he goes, and she supports my wishes to adopt him all the way. Any success stories (or unsuccessful stories) about this sort of thing?

Sun, Jan. 21st, 2007, 07:50 pm
kiissthesky: Friends?

I need some more horesy friends on my list! :D If you want to add me, feel free! I talk about my practices and shows a lot and would looove to read more entries from fellow horse riders!

My name is Cathryn and I'm 19 and I ride for Radford University's equestrian team in Virginia.

Sat, Jan. 20th, 2007, 02:03 pm
blkmtnsafriruby: UCSB

Soooo.. I'm a Junior in HS this year, and I've been thinking about what I'm going to do for college. Right now, UCSB seems like it could be the school for me, but I don't know, I haven't even visited yet. But I was wondering,

Does anyone know anything about the horse scene in Santa Barbara? I ride english (eventing) so I would like to know mainly about that... Thanks!

P.S. I found the names of some stables there, but absolutely no info other than that, so if anyone knows anything about boarding and whatnot over there, let me know! Thanks!

Fri, Dec. 8th, 2006, 08:36 pm
snappedapple: Any Averett (College) University alumni/students here?

I'm just curious to find out. I graduated in 2000, back when it was still College. It's really hard to call it University! Anyway, I wasn't an equestrian studies major, I just took the novice riding class as a freshman, but I thought it would be cool to find out if anyone who posted here goes/went there.

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