The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show
The next CPI Horse Show will take place March 28 – 30, 2014 and will only feature hunt seat equitation riders in over fences and flat work. Applications to participate are available online as of August 15, 2013. A $25 application fee will be assessed to applications received after November 15, 2013.
See the application page for more information.
The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show (CPI) is a three day event designed to educate student riders about the different formats of college equestrian competitions and provide riders with resources to help them create their desired college equestrian experience. Riders in grades 9 through 12 have a chance to win scholarships in hunt seat equitation competition and participate in educational presentations throughout the event. In an effort to encourage academic excellence and embed social integrity as a lifelong commitment to the equestrian sport, the CPI Scholarship Fund also awards riders the opportunity to win scholarships for academics and community service. To learn more of the scholarship award opportunities available at the CPI event, please visit the CPI Scholarships page.
The College Fair at the CPI Horse Show hosts representatives from colleges and universities from around the country, inviting all college bound riders to come to the CPI to meet coaches and school representatives and explore the options they offer for riding in college. (Please note that NCEA colleges may not participate in the college fair due to NCAA guidelines, but they do participate in educational presentations and join their colleagues in the private seating area for coaches at the horse show portion of the event). In an effort to encourage as many colleges to come meet the dedicated student riders, the CPI does not charge a fee to collegiate equestrian team coaches and school representatives to attend the CPI Horse Show. Tables and chairs in a sheltered area are provided for all attending schools to meet families and distribute information about the degrees offered at their school, their equestrian team, barn facility, admissions procedures, and available scholarships. The college fair is open to riders and spectators alike. Colleges are encouraged to decorate their tables with banners, awards, and table-top displays. If you are a college looking to attend the CPI, please contact Connie Sawyer at (518) 461-6288.
For the CPI Hunt Seat Equitation Competition portion of the event, the horses, saddles and tack for all the student riders to show in flat and over fences work is provided by the CPI. Participants are only to bring their show clothes, helmets and crops, saving families the expense of transporting and stabling a competition horse. In addition, riding an unknown horse with unknown tack at the CPI competition allows the rider to experience the collegiate competition format and gives the rider a chance to display their horsemanship, sportsmanship and skill in managing the unfamiliar mount.
Included with the CPI rider participation fee is the CPI Online Rider Resume. The student riders are provided the option of loading their resumes on the CPI website for public viewing. The rider resume is specifically designed to highlight important information of interest to college coaches and admission representatives. The online resume may include the student’s riding, academic, and special interest achievements, and it allows the rider to load three pictures and two YouTube videos. The videos are optional and can showcase the students riding abilities or any other interests or abilities they deem important to highlight in a video.
The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida is the world class equestrian show venue of the CPI. The center features a covered arena, ample spectator and coach seating areas, and is located 7 miles east of the renowned Wellington Winter Equestrian Festival.
As the event dates get closer, the CPI will release information on new developments, including guest speakers, show officials, special event presentations, and show schedules via communications to our Mailing List and our Facebook page and the website. Please stay connected with the College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show. If you are in grades 9 – 12, and would like to participate in the CPI Horse Show, please review the CPI Rules and Regulations and complete the CPI Online Application