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Youth and Collegiate

Youth equestrian and collegiate equestrian articles from Horse Illustrated and Young Rider magazines cover topics involving youth ages 17 and under and equestrian college programs and riding teams. Collegiate programs include the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) equestrian program. Equestrian has been designated an emerging sport for women in Divisions I and II since 2002 in the NCAA, but that designation could change. With these three options, various colleges are participating in equestrian sports, in addition to having equine-related educational tracts. In addition, youth organizations abound, including 4-H, FFA, Pony Clubs, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and more. Learn about all of the various options and hear from riders and participants about these programs.

Thoroughbred Rescue Horses Succeed after Adoption

Did you know you can get rewarded for success with your Thoroughbred rescue horse? The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP)…

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Nexus Equine 4-H Challenge: A Makeover Just for Youth

While equine makeovers are all the rage these days, most are for professional trainers or adults with the experience and…

4 weeks ago

Youth Organizations: Encouraging Youth Involvement in the Horse Industry

Nearly every breed and discipline organization in the United States has to address the issue of bringing youth back into…

2 months ago

Downsizing Expectations: Lessons Learned from Owning a Miniature Horse

When my daughter was 2 years old, she was playing at a friend’s farm that was home to a pony…

2 months ago

Short Story: A Strange New Home

The lights flickered on in the barn that morning, and I heard the familiar shuffling of all the other ponies…

7 months ago

Choosing a Horse Camp

You’ve waited months for this—it’s finally time to reserve your spot at horse camp! You need to do this in…

12 months ago

Summer Horse Camp Postcards from Young Riders

Last year, Young Rider magazine asked to hear all about summer horse camp experiences from young riders, so here are some postcards…

1 year ago

Gracie Elliott Dreams About Competing at the NAYC

Young Rider Gracie Elliott realized her dreams of competing at the North American Youth Championships (NAYC) and shares her story.…

1 year ago

Kids Helping Horses: How Kids Can Make a Difference for Horses in Need

Kids helping horses is an amazing thing to see from today's youth. There are many great horse welfare organizations, rescues…

1 year ago

That’s a Wrap: 11 Fun and Fabulous Holiday Gifts for Horsey Kids

Holiday music has already started, and many are ready to start thinking about all the young horse-loving kids they know…

1 year ago