in becoming a Jackrabbit equestrian rider?
To become a
member of the team, the coaches need to access your academic and athletic
abilities. There is an online questionnaire to fill out. In addition, you need
to send a copy of your high school transcripts, ACT and/or SAT score, as well
as a short list of your riding history and accomplishments. The coaches also
need to see a video of your riding. You can send a DVD or include a YouTube
link. If possible, please show your
abilities on more than one horse and give a brief description of the horse.
coaching staff does not need a professional video, however they do need clear
footage that they can easily see to clearly determine your position and
abilities. If you have footage of past shows, please include some of that as
well, but coaches prefer more recent video, so they can evaluate your current
skills. Please remember to focus on your
horsemanship/equitation and not the hunters, jumpers or pleasure from a show.
prospective student-athlete should submit their video during their junior year
or the summer before their senior year; however, the coaches do accept applications
submitted during a student-athlete's senior year. Information may be scanned and e-mailed or
riders should direct their questions and information to head coach Megan
Rossiter, and hunt seat riders should direct their questions and information to
assistant coach Kamerra Brown.
receive telephone calls from prospective student athletes at any time in their
high school career. However, coaches cannot return phone calls to students
prior to July 1 of their senior year in high school. After that point, NCAA rules restrict coaches
to one phone call per week. When leaving
a message for a coach, please be sure to also give your year in school. E-mail is also a convenient way to contact
Horses and Equipment
provides all the horses and tack for practice and home meets. When the team
travels, the host school provides the horses and tack at each competition. Student-athletes
only need to bring apparel when traveling.
riders individually based on an ideal ride.
We compete in a head-to-head format on unfamiliar horses. One student-athlete
from each team competes on the same horse. The rider that scores the highest on
that horse wins one point for their team.
State looks for riders with the skills for success in one or two of the events
in which we compete; hunt seat equitation over fences, hunt seat equitation on
the flat, western horsemanship and western reining. Coaches prefer show
experience at advanced levels, and most of the Jackrabbit riders specialize in
one event. SDSU looks for talented and accomplished riders with the ability to
successfully ride a variety of horses. In addition to riding skills, SDSU looks
for responsible, athletic students that also succeed academically.
allows each university a maximum of 15 full scholarships for equestrian, and
SDSU offers the maximum. Equestrian falls under the category of an equivalency
sport, which means that the coaches often divide scholarships into partial
High School Juniors and Seniors
online with the NCAA Eligibility Center found at https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/
the SAT and/or ACT in the fall of your junior year, to allow plenty of
opportunities for possible retakes when offered. When registering online for
these tests, be sure to check the box requesting that a copy of your results be
sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center (which has its own designated code of
High School Freshmen and Sophomores
contact coaches at any time by telephone or e-mail. However, due to NCAA rules the coaches cannot
reply to e-mail sent by freshman and sophomores in high school. NCAA rules do
allow coaches to answer questions from prospective student-athletes if they
reach coaches on the phone. Coaches can also return e-mails to student-athletes
beginning their junior year of high school and may make and return phone calls
to students beginning July 1 prior to their senior year. If a student-athlete would like to visit the
school, they can set up an "unofficial" visit at any time with one of the
coaches. An unofficial visit, made at
the expense of the prospect, can occur prior to the senior year.
You may want
to organize your competition records.
Start making a list of year-end awards and/or seasonal show highlights,
and update it regularly. Also, from ninth grade forward, start keeping a
detailed accounting of all prize money won and expenses incurred at horse
shows, which includes saving and organizing all receipts.