September 2015 - Head Start on College Riding
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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 01:46
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West Coast edition of the College Preparatory Invitational comes March 11-13.

Applications are now open to all eligible student riders, grades 9-12, who wish to attend The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI), a program that allows young equestrians to explore the college equestrian experience through a comprehensive education, competition and scholarship/community service program. Riders currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to review the CPI Rules and Regulations and apply for the opportunity to participate by completing the CPI Online Application. There is no application fee, however applications received after Oct. 15 will incur a $25.00 late fee.

During the CPI event, riders experience the college equestrian competition format and win scholarships in hunt seat equitation competition; they can explore an equestrian-focused college fair, attend educational presentations and take advantage of the opportunity for direct conversations with college admissions representatives and equestrian team coaches.

Riders have a choice of attending the event at either of two world-class equestrian venues as the CPI East Coast event will be held Jan. 15-17, 2016 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm Beach, FL and the West Coast CPI will be held Mar. 11-13, 2016, at the LA Equestrian Center’s ‘Equidome’ in Burbank. The West Coast addition is brand new.

The cost to attend the CPI is $530, which includes horse show entries, access to the college fair and event speakers, and sponsor-hosted social events throughout the weekend. All participants are also eligible for CPI scholarships. In 2015 the organization awarded $4,700 in scholarships to riders at the January event.

“We’ve already received a number of excellent applications from all over the country,” said CPI President, Lindsay Martin. “There is a lot of excitement among the student riders about having the opportunity to choose from two great venues for their CPI experience.”

In 2015, the CPI horse show in Palm Beach, Florida marked its fifth year with 150 student riders and nearly 30 participating colleges/universities from all over the nation.  More than 30 states, including Hawaii, were represented by the diverse roster of participants who attended the CPI.

The CPI is a three-day event designed to educate student riders about the different formats of college equestrian competitions and provide riders with resources to help them create their desired college equestrian experience. Riders in grades 9 through 12 have a chance to win scholarships in hunt seat equitation competition and participate in educational presentations throughout the event. In an effort to encourage academic excellence and embed social integrity as a lifelong commitment to the equestrian sport. he CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund also awards riders the opportunity to win scholarships for academics and community service.

Press release provided by CPI. To learn more, visit