Pre-Collegiate Summer Program

The goal of the Program is to immerse high school students in the world of collegiate riding at the beautiful Red Barn Equestrian Center, located on the campus of Stanford University.


The Pre-Collegiate Summer Program gives riders the opportunity to learn about the world of competitive collegiate riding in both the IHSA and NCEA formats. Collegiate riding offers a unique opportunity to experience catch riding on many different types of horses, from school mounts to seasoned show horses. Collegiate riders are expected to be able to show off their equitation and bring out the best on horses large and small, lazy and forward. In addition, the IHSA and NCEA present a different show format than USHJA and IDA shows, and give athletes a chance to be part of a team.

The unique nature of collegiate riding often leaves prospective students confused, and sometimes even unsure of not only what to look for in a college riding program, but also what to expect once they’re at college. Over the five days at the Red Barn, our hope is to give riders a taste of the collegiate riding experience to help them decide the right fit for their college riding experience and feel more prepared once there. Group sizes for our Pre-Collegiate Summer Program are between eight and ten riders each week.

Our program is constructed to allow participants chances to ride with a breadth of our collegiate coaching staff, interact with current and former student athletes, and (when time allows) even try new disciplines. It is also a time for independence and the chance to explore, try new things, and address personal strengths and weaknesses. We begin the week with an introduction and Q & A that is open to riders and their families, and we wrap up the week with sessions open for observation on Friday. But, for the majority of the program we ask parents, guardians, and coaches/trainers, to plan their own adventures on Campus or in the Bay Area, allowing students to participate independently.

Program Highlights:

  • A welcome talk on Monday for riders and parents/guardians with the coaching staff giving a summary of collegiate riding, the week’s activities and a brief Q and A.
  • Daily mounted practices with Stanford’s coaches and clinicians. Flat and fences practices are on Stanford horses and focus on fundamentals, show ring preparations, and fitness to best prepare riders to lesson and compete on many different horses. During over fences work, jump height is reflective of the height of fences in collegiate shows (in IHSA competition Novice is 2’-2’6”, Intermediate is 2’6”-2’9”, and Open is 2’9”-3’).
  • Fitness sessions geared towards collegiate riders.
  • Lunch discussions covering different aspects of collegiate riding, such as, the differences between IHSA and NCAA, balancing riding and school, collegiate competitions, and the unique opportunities and challenges associated with collegiate equestrian activities.
  • A mock show with a flat and over fences phase.

As a note, participants will need to find their own accommodations and bring their own lunch each day as we are unable to provide housing. 


Check back in December for our 2020 session dates!

How to Apply:

The Pre-Collegiate Summer Program is open to riders entering grades 9-12. For more information on pricing and how to apply, please contact Tina Davey.