Are you a champion horse rider? Stanford wants you!

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By Mikemac (Mikemac) on Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 01:00 pm: Edit

If you are a champion equestrian (state level) then you have a great hook to get into Stanford! An article in a Bay area paper reports that Stanford is closing its horse center to the public and plans to upgrade their collegiate equestrian program to be competitive with the best colleges nationwide.

To do so they are going to need to recruit good riders, so if you are such a person you can bet your application will get a second look in the admissions office. And you should be sure to let them know of your interest; write the admissions office to ask express your interest in the program and ask them to put you in touch with someone in the athletics dept who can answer your questions (BTW you better have some good questions ready when they get back to you!)

Right now Stanford is well known for many athletic programs like volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, and so on. But their equestrian program is in the dumps according to the article, so they aren't going to be getting applications from the best riders who want to continue riding in colleges.

According to the article, " `Stanford is looking at attracting students with a whole different caliber of riding,' said Rip. `The university has championed a bunch of very high-profile athletic teams -- and now they've focused on riding.` To succeed, the university plans to hire a nationally renowned trainer. Alumnus John Arrillaga, who made millions in real estate, is donating $2 million to get the project going."

This gives you, the skilled rider, a golden window for the next year or two until the word gets out; its the proverbial "hook" people are always looking for. Of course you have to be a competitive applicant, but if your stats are in line with those who have a decent shot at Stanford this is something that may very well put you in.

See the article at

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