ASBURY, N.J. — The College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) New Jersey was held Sept. 15 and 16 at The Ridge, Asbury, N.J.

USHJA President Mary Babick judged the horse show on Sept. 16. The day before, young riders learned from Olympian Nona Garson, who owns The Ridge. There was also a college fair as well as educational seminars.

A professional horsewoman for more than 38 years, Babick has trained several well-known riders in hunter, jumper and equitation, who have continued successful careers in the industry. She is a USEF Registered judge and has officiated at competitions all across the United States. Babick earned her instructor certification from the British Horse Society and is a USHJA Certified Trainer.

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This was the first time the CPI was held in New Jersey. Previous events were held in Florida. Riders do not bring their own horses but ride those provided by the show. They are assigned their mounts by random draw and have very little time to become acquainted with the horse before entering the ring.

According to its website: The CPI is 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 8 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 and Educational Fund also awards riders the opportunity to win scholarships for academics and community service.

Only 100 riders were accepted to participate in the show.

Next, The College Preparatory Invitational and The Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) are teaming up for the first ever PNHS Equestrian College Recruiting Weekend. It will be held during Junior Weekend, Oct. 11-14 in Harrisburg, Pa.

In the CPI College Quad, riders will have a chance to meet college coaches and admissions personnel and receive information about the degrees offered at their school, their equestrian team, barn facility, admissions procedures, and available scholarships.

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