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thinking about RIDING IN COLLEGE?
For many horse-crazy guys and gals, the thought of ending their equestrian career when they go to college can be a sad reality. Luckily, there are lots of opportunities to be had at all levels. Whether you are a beginner or expert, I can help you navigate the world of collegiate riding and find the right fit for you.
meet the person behind Sorrel Equestrian Consulting
My background with college riding is extensive, having coached for a total of 16 years. I was a member of the University of South Carolina IHSA equestrian team for three years and served as Captain my senior year. When I graduated, I had the opportunity to coach at Fresno State University, Auburn University, and then landed at my alma mater for 14 years. I watched the program at South Carolina evolve into the first-class NCEA Division 1 team it is today.
During my time at South Carolina, I coached our western team to help win three back-to-back SEC Champion titles in 2012, 2013, and 2014. We also won two National Championships in 2007 and 2015. I was fortunate to coach amazing students. Many were named to the First Team All-American Team and SEC Riders of the Year, and I'm thankful for these relationships.
Although I coached Horsemanship and Reining on a daily basis, I was actively involved in the process of recruiting all events. I was able to create and maintain relationships with all the prospects and athletes from year to year.
I pride myself in developing and nurturing positive relationships. During my 16 years of coaching I learned how and where prospects fit best. I am confident in my ability to prepare you for the next level by providing you with superior guidance. The bottom line is that coaches are busy, but we will break through the noise.
owner and consultant
Lizzie van der Walde
University of South Carolina Equestrian 2015-2019
"Not only was Ruth an amazing coach but she is an even better person and friend. She genuinely cares about every girl she has coached and wants to see us succeed in life. She always had my best interest in mind and will be someone who I know will be there for me no matter what!"
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