Rankings are based on easily quantifiable data submitted by a school representative. Use this site to narrow down your list of top schools, then do your own research on those schools by visiting their web sites, requesting information about their programs, touring their campuses, and talking to their graduates.
- Overall: determined by calculating the average points awarded over all individual categories.
- Teacher:Student Ratio: a good indicator of the amount of individualized attention a student can expect to receive.
- Horse:Student Ratio: experience with a wide variety of horses is critical to those aspiring to a career in riding or training.
- Arena:Student Ratio: a good indicator of the amount of instructed time in the saddle a student will receive.
- Instructed Rides per Week: the only way to develop the unique skills riding requires is on the back of a horse.
- Avg Riding Class Size: the single most important factor in determining the amount of personalized attention a student can expect to receive in the saddle.
- Avg Lecture Class Size: small class sizes promote student-teacher interaction and enhance the overall classroom experience.
- Equine Related Credits: a good indicator of how focused a program is on the horse industry.
- Facility Location: a school-owned, on-campus equine facility is a good indication that there is strong support for the program.
- Tuition: education is a major investment and you want to receive the highest possible value for your dollar.
- Longevity: a good indicator that a program is producing quality graduates for the equine industry.