FAQ’s About the UVM Equestrian Team
Q: Do I have to try out to make the team?
A: Yes, tryouts are held, but remember that we need riders at all levels. Tryouts are held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, but arrangements may be made at any time of year. If too many riders at a given level tryout for the team, they may be put on a waiting list. If spaces open up, some riders who have been wait listed may be asked to join. Riders who have been on the team at the lower levels have to try out from year to year.
Q: How many riders are on the team and what criteria are used in selecting them?
A: 30 to 35. A successful candidate will be fit, athletic, have a good attitude and be able to take instruction. While this is a competitive team, the ultimate focus is on developing good riders.
Q: I haven’t ridden in a few years. Should I try out for the team?
A: It is recommended that you be actively riding before trying out. Even taking lessons over the summer before school will help.
Q: What if I don’t make the team?
A: You may take advantage of the farm’s excellent lesson program to improve your skills and tryout again at a later date.
Q: Do I need my own horse?
A: No, the team’s trainer supplies the horses.
Q: Do I have to be a great rider?
A: All levels of rider are welcome. We have riders who range in ability from first year beginners to Grand Prix competitors.
Q: What are the required time commitments?
A: A minimum of two lessons each week, two hours of mandatory help at the barn as well as attendance at weekly meetings. Riders should allot about three hours of free time on lesson days.
Q: What costs are involved?
A: You will be responsible for your lesson fees, currently $1500-1600 per year, entry fees for competitions, which are $28/class, and other nominal expenses. Lesson fees are paid in their entirety at the beginning of each year and are non-refundable.
Q: How do we get to lessons?
A: There is a team member with a car in every lesson who will bring you to and from the farm.
Q: What if I don’t have or cannot afford show attire?
A: You may borrow clothing from another team member.
Q: What do we wear to lessons?
A: Riders are required to wear boots and breeches to lessons. During the colder months, riders may wear winter riding attire. All riders must wear ASTM certified helmets when mounted.
Q: Can I get academic credit for being on the team?
A: Riders may receive PE credit for team participation for one year. Internships may also be arranged which are eligible for credit from UVM.
Q: May I bring my own horse to school?
A: Yes. There are always a number of student-owned horses which are boarded at Imajica. If you interested in doing so, please contact us as soon as possible since stalls are available only on a limited basis.
Q: Will my horse be used by the team?
A: Not unless you want it to be.
Q: May I bring my own saddle?
A: Yes, but note that there is limited space for student’s saddles.
Q. May I send you a video of my riding?
A. Absolutely! I encourage interested riders to send me videos of their riding. Please do send any video which must be returned. It is best to email or send a youtube link.
Q: I am interested in applying to UVM. May I schedule an appointment to speak with you and visit the farm?
A: You are welcome to come to the farm for a self-guided tour. Because Imajica is a private facility and usually very busy, I do not meet with prospective students. For information about the University of Vermont’s academic programs, admissions, and other questions which are not related to the equestrian team, please contact the school directly. There are no riding scholarships and I have no impact on your ability to get into the school.
Information can be found on their website: www.uvm.edu