Tryout Information

Tryouts for the 2008-09 season have been completed.

 

Tryouts for the 2009-10 season will take place during the first week of classes for the fall semester in August, 2009. 

 

Before you are allowed to try out for the team, you must be certified through the NCAA Clearinghouse.  This process is mandatory for all student athletes competing in any sport at the college level.  Please visit their website at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net to fill out the appropriate forms.  As this process can be lengthy, we recommend that you register as soon as possible. 

 

Please check back for more specific details regarding the 2009-10 tryouts during the summer of 2009.  Be sure to also check out our Prospective Athletes page for more information regarding the recruiting process and what the coaches are looking for in prospective student athletes. Below are a few answers to general questions regarding tryouts.

FAQ's Regarding Tryouts

Do I need my own tack?
No, we provide all the horses, tack and equipment.  If you have your own helmet to wear if you’re trying out for the hunter seat team, please bring this as well.  If you do not have a helmet, we will provide one for you.  If you are trying out for the Western team, you can bring your own spurs but you may or may not need them depending on the horse that you ride.  If you do not have spurs but need them, they will also be provided for you.

What should I wear?
You should wear fitted clothes that are able to show your body position.  Please wear jeans and boots if you are trying out for Western and breeches, tall boots, and a helmet if you are trying out for Hunter Seat.  If you do not have breeches and boots, please wear jeans and boots as well.  

How many people tryout for the team?
This number varies from year to year.  In the past, we have had anywhere from 50 to 120 riders try out.

How many people make the team?
This number also varies each year and depends on a variety of factors including how many recruits are coming in, how many riders we’ve lost, etc. 

What are you looking for at tryouts?
We are looking for the top riders that possess the skills for success in the events in which we compete: Equitation over Fences, Equitation on the Flat, Horsemanship and Reining.  Show experience at advanced levels is preferred but not necessarily a requirement 

In which of the events should I tryout?
You should show us your best skills.  Tryouts are not the time to experiment.  It does not make a difference to us if your members compete in 4 events or 1 event, though most of our riders specialize in one discipline.