Deerfield Farm helps prepare students for their futureMalena Palmer

If you have the desire to ride at the collegiate level—then Deerfield Farm is for you.  We have a proven progression built around the team concept for riders who want to try to attain a collegiate scholarship or be prepared to ride at that level.

Deerfield offers much more than standard lessons; they help their students excel so they can compete in Equestrian events on a college level.  In fact, Deerfield Farm is known for the self-confidence they instill in their students, which comes from their success on the athletic field and transfers to the classroom.

There are many rules and regulations regarding communication between colleges and student athletes before and after scholarship offers and that’s where Deerfield Farm comes in.  Sue and the collegiate coach can discuss as much as they like and since Sue is experienced in this area, she can be beneficial as schools offer varying amounts of scholarships depending on their guidelines and the terms agreed upon while negotiating the scholarship. 

Sue also has established relationships with many of the collegiate coaches and they (the coaches ) recognize Deerfield Farm as a world class Equestrian program.  Our riders are prepared when they enter the college level.

College Scholarships

Scholarships are decided on a case by case basis with some offering tuition, books, reduced rates, etc. with the biggest advantage often being in the fringe benefits offered.  Every school has an ARC (Academic Resource Center), which is usually a state-of-the-art building only available to student athletes, where they have unlimited tutoring available in all subjects.  Other perks can include a special cafeteria with cooked to order meals and preferential treatment for class selection, rooming and schedules.

Deerfield students awarded scholarshipsHannah Auburn University Equestrian Team

Over the years, many Deerfield students have been awarded athletic scholarships from prestigious universities. Savannah Scott and Eva Marcellis are both currently attending the University of Georgia and riding on their Equestrian team.

In April of 2015, our Senior student Taeya Harle was awarded a scholarship to Fresno State University. She signed on to the NCAA Div 1 Equestrian team at Fresno to ride on an athletic scholarship. In November of 2015, Hannah Byrne officially signed with Auburn University to ride for their NCAA Equestrian Team in the fall of 2016.

In February 2016 Haley Pembroke signed with Auburn University to ride on their NCAA Equestrian Team. Haley joins fellow Deerfield rider Hannah Byrne. Julia Kelly, who originally signed with Auburn, has transferred to Fresno State University in California and is now riding with their team.

Malena Palmer signed to ride with UC Davis starting in the fall of 2019. We are so proud of all our students who continue on with their equestrian training and wish them the best of luck.

Tips for high school freshman and sophomores

to get you started on the right track if you’re interested in being a potential candidate for a college varsity Equestrian team

  • Consult the Varsity Equestrian website to learn general information about Varsity Equestrian and colleges that offer NCAA-sanctioned teams.
  • Attend a Varsity Equestrian competition to get a better idea of what it’s all about.
  • Download or order a copy of the NCAA “Guide for the College-bound student-athlete.”
  • Let your trainer know of your interest
  • Keep up your grades and take the PSAT as its good practice for the SAT and ACT.
  • Keep riding, learning and showing as much as you can.

Advice for high school juniors and seniors

  • Make sure you’ve followed the advice above
  • Very important-register online with the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Explore colleges and narrow down your choices to which you would like to apply
  • Go to the individual websites of your colleges of interest to fill out their online Equestrian Athlete Questionnaire (very important step).
  • Start taking the SAT and ACT in the fall of your Junior year (allows for time to retake it if necessary)
  • Create a 1-page riding resume that includes highlights from your horse-show experiences
  • Create a 1-page non-riding resume outlining academic achievements, awards and extra-curricular activities.
  • Review the NCAA Rulebook so you know the bylaws and terms.
Malena Scholarship

List of NCAA Schools

Division 1 Schools
  • Auburn University-Auburn, AL
  • Baylor University-Waco,TX
  • Brown University-Providence, RI
  • California State University, Fresno-Fresno, CA
  • College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
  • Cornell University- Ithaca, NY
  • Delaware State University- Dover, DE
  • University Of Georgia - Athens, GA
  • Kansas State University-Manhattan, KS
  • New Mexico State University-Las Cruces, NM
  • Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, OK
  • Sacred Heart University- Fairfield, CT
  • University Of South Carolina -Columbia, SC
  • South Dakota State University – Brookings, SD
  • Southern Methodist University - Dallas, TX
  • Texas Christian University - Fort Worth, TX
  • University of Tennessee, Martin - Martin, TN
  • Texas A&M University - College Station, TX
Division 2 Schools
  • University Of Minnesota - Crookston, MN
  • Pace University - Pleasantville, NY
  • Seton Hill - Greensburg, PA
  • Stonehill College - Easton, MA
  • West Texas A&M University - Canyon, TX
Savannah and horse Taeya Fresno Scholarship Savannah Collegiate

I was welcomed into their fabulous community with open arms and not only accepted as I was, but also quickly learned new skills I hadn't even known existed, both on the horse and off! They have made me the rider and the person I am today and I can only imagine how much further I can continue to grow with them!

- Michelle W.