Now for the actual question!
I've been riding pretty much my whole life, but all of my practical experience is on the flat riding Arabian hunters. I consider myself a pretty advanced horseperson, since I know what I should be doing and I know the theory behind what I do. I do not consider myself an advanced rider, since I have confidence issues and really dislike how easily I fall off.
My barn recently welcomed in a college equestrian team, and I'm starting to realize how far I have to go before I can be competitive. I've been showing at Arabian shows for probably five years, but I've never jumped at a show. My equitation over fences, while I can stay out of the way pretty reliably, leaves quite a bit to be desired.
I'd like to know what specific things college riding teams look for so I can improve on those things. Ideally, I'd like to compete in both western and english, but if I had to pick one, it would be english.
Any other pointers or tips would be greatly appreciated, too (has anyone here been on the IU team?).