I'm a junior in high school and I'm starting to pick out colleges. I'd like to go to Indiana University (I live instate and both my parents went there) and study computer science... before totally disregarding that I have a computer science degree and proceeding into work with horses. I've already been told this is not a great idea. I realize that training is a hard job and I'm not likely to ever make a lot of money, and all of that's ignoring how difficult it is to get started. That's why I picked computer science as a major, instead of business or equine science - if I ever need a job, I've got an extremely versatile major that pretty much proves that I don't suck at being a functioning human being.
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?).