ExEL College Combine: A Groundbreaking Opportunity for Aspiring Collegiate Equestrians


The Greater Memphis Area is set to host an unprecedented event for young equestrians aiming to ride and compete at the collegiate level. The ExEL Summer Spectacular Horse Show and College Combine, organized by Brittany Kasprack Coleman, owner of ExEL Shows, promises to be a transformative experience for riders in grades nine through 12.

This event will take place from June 20-23, 2024 at the Germantown Charity Horse Show grounds in Germantown, Tennessee. The event provides a unique platform for aspiring athletes to showcase their skills and engage with recruiting colleges.

A First-of-Its-Kind Event
The ExEL College Combine is the first event of its kind in the region, bridging the gap between high school equestrians and collegiate riding programs. It offers a rare opportunity for young riders to perform in front of collegiate coaches from a variety of institutions, including Division I, II, and III schools, as well as IHSA, IDA, and USEA programs. Confirmed colleges attending include prestigious institutions such as the University of Louisville, Keiser University, South Dakota State, Albion University, Alvernia University, the Ferrum Panthers, SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design), UT Martin, Rhodes College, Ole Miss, Hollins University, Sweet Briar College, and Emory & Henry College, among others.

Inclusivity for All Skill Levels
One of the standout features of the ExEL College Combine is its inclusivity. Riders of all skill levels are encouraged to attend, from beginners to those competing at advanced Equitation levels. Middle school equestrians are also invited to audit the events, providing them with valuable exposure to the collegiate riding landscape.

Important Notes for Attendees
A crucial point to note is that NCEA Division I coaches can only engage directly with upcoming seniors. Freshmen to juniors will be limited to observation only, in accordance with NCEA regulations.

Key Events on the Agenda
The ExEL College Combine is packed with events designed to offer maximum exposure and learning opportunities for participants. Here is an agenda for the weekend:

Collegiate Showcase 
Clinic — June 20, 2024
The clinic will feature prominent clinicians Matt Cyphert and Louisa Marcelle Eadie, working with riders in a two-phase (flat and fences) small group setting. Riders will be grouped according to experience level, and horses must be provided by the riders or leased. Importantly, horses must be fit for the level of the assigned clinic and able to tolerate swapping riders. Horses are available for lease by contacting show management. Collegiate coaches will be onsite to evaluate rider performance, and auditing this event is free of charge.

Collegiate Fair — June 20-23, 2024
Throughout the weekend, collegiate coaches and administrators will be available for one-on-one discussions with riders, trainers, and parents. This exclusive opportunity is reserved for registered recruits.

Combine Conference —June 20, 2024
The Pathways to Collegiate Riding Conference will feature guest speakers such as Piper Klemm of The Plaid Horse and Randi Heathman of The College Equestrian Advisor, among others. This conference is open to participating equestrians, trainers, and parents.

ACT Prep — June 20, 2024
Athletes will have the chance to participate in an ACT Prep session conducted by academic professionals, aiding them in their overall college preparation.

Horsemanship Quiz Bowl — June 20, 2024
An educational horsemanship knowledge bowl will be held, with prizes up for grabs, making for an engaging and informative experience.

Collegiate Show Observation — June 21-23, 2024
Riders participating in the ExEL College Combine will be listed in a directory for collegiate coaches to observe their classes. Riders may compete in any class throughout the ExEL Show, and coaches will be assisted in tracking riders over the weekend. Trainers are available to riders who do not have a trainer present at the show.

The ExEL College Combine represents an unparalleled opportunity for young equestrians to take a significant step toward their collegiate riding ambitions. With a comprehensive agenda designed to maximize exposure and learning, this event is poised to become a cornerstone for aspiring collegiate riders in the Mid-South region and beyond.

For more information visit www.exelshows.com. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of a groundbreaking event that can shape the future of your equestrian career.

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