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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.

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.…

3 days 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…

4 days 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…

2 weeks ago

Short Story: Brianna and the Big, Green, Pony-Riding Monster of Jealousy

Riding is Brianna's special thing. Can she learn to share it with her little sister or will this young horseback…

2 months ago

Horses and Higher Ed

Heading off to college is a big step, whether you choose to go thousands of miles away or just an…

2 months ago

A Primer on Equestrian Scholarships and Grants

As students move on to higher education, such as colleges and universities, it can become stressful on them to figure…

2 months ago

Improving Your Dressage Seat Equitation

Dressage seat equitation is a little different than a regular dressage test. In dressage equitation, the focus will be on…

2 months ago

Balancing School Work and Riding

As a horse-crazy kid, there’s a lot to look forward to when fall arrives. The flies have finally given up…

3 months ago

Go for Gold with These Back-To-School DIY Projects

Can you believe it's already time to go back to school? With these super-easy DIY back-to-school horse projects, you'll be…

3 months ago

U.S. Equestrian Announces Updated Equestrian Interscholastic Athlete Program for Riders in 5th through 12th Grade

U.S. Equestrian is excited to unveil a new name and an updated look for its popular student athlete recognition program,…

3 months ago