WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Audrey Schulze, a 10th grader from Ridgewood, N.J. earned the CPI Overall High-Point Rider award at the ninth Annual College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) Florida Horse Show Jan.17-20 at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach.
At the premier college equestrian recruiting and educational event, young riders met coaches and admissions representatives from 35 colleges offering equestrian competition and equine science programs. Colleges and universities scouted talent during the CPI Horse Show, a collegiate format competition with levels that range from Walk-Trot through Advanced. Riders competed on loaned horses, sight-unseen, in a catch-ride format that provides an added challenge. Just as in the collegiate format, riders competed both individually and in the CPI Team Challenge.
At home, Schulze competes in the Big Eq and trains with Brian and Jolene Cash. She decided to come to CPI with her friends.
"I think it's a fun show," Schulze said. "I looked at some of the colleges with the other girls from my barn. I wasn't expecting to get high point rider."
Schulze had some experience catch-riding Welsh ponies for breeders and brought her positive approach to her rides at CPI. "I just try to be kind to the horse and try to have a positive ride," she said.
Schulze earned a Weatherbeeta blanket and cooler and a $500 CPI Scholarship.
Claire Willis, of Montclair, N.J., Grade 11 was the Intermediate champion.
New this year, the event kicked off with a welcome reception and educational program. Randi Heathman from Equestrian College Advisor spoke to the audience of students and parents.
"I think it's hard to be a kid these days," Heathman said. "I continue to support this event because I feel like we're all in it together. We're all supporting these students and we're all asking them questions that they need to ask themselves."
"We want to thank our generous sponsors, the participants, their parents and coaches, the colleges, the providers of our wonderful horses, our staff and volunteers," said Lindsay Martin, CPI president. "We strive to provide a way for young equestrians to fulfill their dreams for the future."
Plans are underway for CPI Florida Horse Show, March 16-17 and CPI New Jersey, Sept. 21-22. Entries are open for the New Jersey event which will be held at The Ridge Farm at Riverview in Asbury, N.J.
The New Jersey CPI made its debut in 2018.
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