Originally Posted by upnover
I did IHSA in college so I don't know a whole lot about NCAA teams... but I believe college teams are equitation, not hunters. So if you're purely a jumper you won't be completely out of your element, even if most of your teammates come from a hunter background. You can go to their website to get more information. In the meantime I would really put a big focus on your position, riding as effectively as possible (meaning, lots of dressage), and getting on as many different horses as you can. Also, if it's a possibility I'd try and show as much as you can with a very good equitation instructor. The difficultly of getting on a team depends more on the school, not if it's IHSA or NCAA. I know NCAA teams that just about anyone can get on and IHSA teams that are extremely difficult (You basically have to be successful in the big eqs on the A circuit to even get a chance). IHSA has 3 separate levels of jumping and when I was in college w/t/c teams too. I'd also call the coaches of the teams your interested in (or better yet, go visit in person!) and talk with her about your background and what you need to be doing to prepare. I think Horse Illustrated just had an article this month on IHSA teams...
Yup, Practical Horseman did a HUGE article on it. That's why I brought it up. Its interesting that you say there are NCAA teams that are easy to get on because the article gave me the impression that it was mostly people that would go on to be Olympic riders and such...Which worried me.
Unfortunately I do not have access to a good equitation teacher. My current barn isn't the best, but I can't really leave. I'm highly self taught, but that's not to say badly taught. A lot of the things I'm best at are things I taught myself off this forum.