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Opportunity Day

September 28, 2013

Equestrian Opportunity Day

Interested in Equestrian Studies?

We invite you to our Equestrian Studies Opportunity Day on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Tentative Schedule:

  • 8:45 AM – Optional morning tour of main campus
  • 10:00 AM – Equestrian Opportunity Day Welcome
  • 10:30 AM – Tour of Equestrian facilities
  • 11:00 AM – Morning Events: Fall Horse Trial, Combined Test and Dressage Show
  • 12:00 PM – Luncheon
  • 1:00 PM – Afternoon Events: Fall Horse Trial, Combined Test and Dressage Show
  • 4:30 PM – Optional afternoon tour of main campus

This visit opportunity is in conjunction with our fall Horse Trial, Combined Test, and Dressage competition. Watching the competition is always exciting, and if you want to get behind-the-scenes, we will be happy to pair you with one of the cross country jump judges, so you can be up close and personal! Of course, if you are an experienced competitor in horse trials, combined tests, or dressage, you are welcome to enter your own horse and ride as part of the day’s activities.

The Horse Trial is a three phase test of a horse and rider’s all-around athletic ability, boldness, and trust in each other.  The dressage phase is a set pattern of movements and each movement earns a separate score.  The stadium jumping phase tests a horse’s handiness and willingness to jump clean over jumps that are bright colored and fall down if hit.  The endurance phase tests stamina, boldness, surefootedness and speed when galloping and jumping solid obstacles over a cross country course.  It is a real adrenaline rush and the most dramatic, enticing part of a horse trial.

The Combined Test is for the horse and rider team who want to test themselves in the precision of a Dressage test and the challenge of stadium jumping, but may not yet have the fitness and stamina or training for cross country. 

At Houghton College, you will receive great preparation for a career with horses as an instructor, trainer or manager.  If your interests lie in science, business, psychology, education, music or another area – and you can’t imagine college without a chance to also foster your passion for horses – then a minor in equestrian studies or the chance to take courses and ride for fun in the practice ride times may be the exact right fit for you. 

Can you tell that we are passionate about our work with horses?  We love it! It is no wonder that the Princeton Review ranked Houghton College Equestrian Program as “best in the northeast, and very probably best in the nation.”

Jo-Anne O. Young
Equestrian Program Director

Houghton College
One Willard Avenue
Houghton, NY 14744
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