The 2015 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI), slated for January 16-18, is offering discounted early registration through November 15.
Staged at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm Beach, FL, the CPI has the mission of preparing and educating student riders in grades 9-12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encouraging academics and horsemanship and providing 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. 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. Given the fact that the CPI provides all the horses and necessary tack for the show, riders do not incur the expense of transporting horses to the show.
The CPI show is based on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) hunt seat equitation classification, in which horses will be assigned by a random draw on the day of competition. Along with the competition, the CPI will offer seminars and question and answer sessions. 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 to distribute literature and introduce the academic and riding opportunities, including scholarships, offered at their institution.
Because the future leaders of the equestrian business and sport are the college bound riders, The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show Scholarship Fund is designed to reward those riders that exhibit social conduct and academic excellence as well as competitive success. The CPI offers various types of scholarships, which are detailed on its website.
The event will accept 180 participants, and applications are available online, including entry to hunt seat and scholarship competitions, rider online resume and educational presentations. Admission fees to the 2015 CPI are $530 per entry. Applications received after Nov. 15 will be assessed a $25 late fee.
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