The Tufts Equestrian team gives students a chance to follow their passion for horseback riding at Tufts.
Team members are asked to pay about $1000 in order to cover the cost of lessons, transportation to and from the barn, and other team-related costs. This high cost of membership has become a huge financial barrier to many students interested in learning or continuing to horseback ride while at Tufts. Many students express interest at our first general interest meeting, only to decide not to try out after seeing the price tag.
In order to expand access to the equestrian team, and horseback riding as a sport in general, we created a scholarship in 2018 and are fundraising to continue to offset some of these costs for potential incoming members.
The scholarship is awarded on a yearly basis to one or more students depending on levels of need and our funds. We have partnered with the financial aid office to create a timeline and general procedure in order to award this scholarship so that the current team leadership does not know who is receiving the scholarship on the team. The scholarship can be awarded to multiple students each year and be divided among those with the most need in proportion to the amount of financial aid the students receive for tuition.
We have successfully maintained this scholarship for three years now, and our goal is to raise enough money to continue it for the foreseeable future. The scholarship benefits the Tufts wider community by allowing more students to consider joining the equestrian team, thereby exposing new and old riders to the sport at Tufts and enriching their student experience. For the Tufts Equestrian Team, this scholarship creates a more diverse set of athletes on the team, including first-time riders. Attracting students who have never ridden before coming to Tufts is a goal of the team in order to remain competitive but also to stay true to the team’s mission of connecting students with the sport of horse-back riding and a strong support group of fellow like-minded horse lovers.Please help us increase access to the equestrian team for students who would not be able to join otherwise. Thank you for your support!
Choose a giving level
We spend a lot of time driving to practices and events, which adds up to a lot of money spent on gas. As members we all chip in to cover the costs to our drivers. This would cover the cost of one member's traveling fees for a semester.
New riders can pay for 4 horseback riding lessons, as opposed to the full 8 lessons per semester, to allow them to experience riding on the team and managing our practice schedule before making the commitment to riding full time during the semester.
One horseback riding lesson with our coach is $55 per lesson. Riders are expected to pay for 8 lessons per semester per year at minimum so they have the consistent practice necessary to be competitive riders. This is the biggest expense for our team members.