California Riding Magazine • December, 2012

Ultimate Gift for Aspiring College Equestrians
College Preparatory Invitational invites West Coasters.

Long Day, Long Wait. Photo by Paige Vinson

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show (CPI) will hold its third annual competition on Jan. 18-20, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. It's a long way for West Coast riders, but worth the trip and then some for high school equestrians who are serious about pursuing opportunities to continue riding in college.

The CPI looks forward to welcoming college-bound hunt seat equitation and dressage riders at the nation's premiere College Equestrian Recruiting event, offering them more scholarship opportunities than ever.

The mission of the CPI is to prepare and educate student riders in grades 8-12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide the riders with resources to create their desired college equestrian experience. The show is specifically geared to promote college recruitment
of equestrians by providing the opportunity for coaches and potential students to meet in person. The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is rooted in the belief that equestrian talent, not finances, should dictate a rider's opportunity to be a part of a collegiate team.

All it takes is a handshake. Photo by Paige Vinson

Along with the competition, the CPI will offer seminars and question and answer sessions during the show. Riders and their families will hear about the college equestrian experience and familiarize themselves with the different associations that govern collegiate riding.

There will also be a number of college and universities present at the CPI to distribute literature and introduce the academic and riding opportunities, including scholarships, offered at their respective institutions.

The expanded CPI College Expo will take place in conjunction with the CPI competition and will be presented by Practical Horseman Magazine. The College Expo offers a two-day opportunity to all college-bound riders and their families to attend the CPI to explore all of their collegiate riding and scholarship opportunities even if they are not competing in the Championship.

Meet & Greets

Representatives from colleges and universities with equestrian teams and programs will be on hand to talk with any and all potential student riders and their families. At presstime, these colleges included Skidmore, SweetBriar, San Diego State University, Auburn, Virginia Intermont, Findlay, University of South Carolina and many others, with the list likely to grow as the date approaches.

The CPI also offers many great scholarships to it participants and the amount of money for many of the rider scholarships has been increased for the 2013 competition. Charles Owen has officially signed on as a sponsor of the 2013 CPI, and because of their support, the CPI will be able to double the amount of money for its High Point Rider Scholarships. The scholarships will award $2,000 each to the High Point Hunt Seat Equitation Rider and the High Point Dressage Rider, increased from the $1,000 originally set for the year. The Essay Award, Champion of Service Award and Written Horsemanship Test will all award $1,500, and the eight Photo Journalist Awards that were new to the competition last year will now award $100 to each winner.

The outcome of hard work. Photo by Paige Vinson

The CPI is a great opportunity for riders from around the country. For participants traveling long distances, The USHJA Foundation is pleased to award two qualified applicants a $1,500 travel grant to attend the event. The USHJA and the USHJA Foundation have selected young rider Logan Fraser as the first recipient of this year's CPI Travel Grants, which gives Fraser a $1,500 Travel Grant to help cover expenses for her to travel and compete at the 2013 CPI.

CPI is also pleased to announce the opportunity of three $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors who participate in the 2013 CPI and enroll at the Virginia Intermont College. To be eligible, students must compete at the 2013 CPI in their senior year, file a completed Virginia Intermont application, and submit all appropriate secondary school transcripts and standardized test scores to Virginia Intermont. Selections for acceptance to Virginia Intermont are based on scholastic success and community service. Students receiving the CPI scholarships and accepted to Virginia Intermont are also eligible to receive additional scholarships through Virginia Intermont performance and academic awards.

Morning ride. Photo by Paige Vinson

As the competition continues to grow in both size and importance, the CPI is very excited to announce that there will be an increase in the available number of dressage entries for the 2013 event. Last year was the first time that the CPI added the dressage seat equitation division, and the great interest and success of the classes
was impressive.

The CPI's 2013 sponsors are instrumental in making this event possible. They include Alfred University, Centenary College, Charles Owen, CWD, Dover Saddlery, Dyer Equestrian, EQUUS Foundation, FootingFirst, LLC, Mississippi College, Practical Horseman Magazine, Randolph College, The University of Findlay and the USHJA Foundation.

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