I am currently an 18 year old rider who has been offered a position to ride for a barn in Europe over the duration of summer.
I was wondering (I haven’t found anything similar to this on here yet and the Amatuer rules as well all know are quite confusing) if I take the opportunity, will I turn professional?
[INDENT] Some information about the opportunity:
- As far as I know, I will not be receiving any lessons in return for the work I do. I will be acting as a groom (cleaning tack, stalls, horses, and keeping the barn maintained) and exercising the horses.
- There is the possibility of either being paid a set amount a week so I can pay for housing and food and such [I]OR[/I] not being paid, but having my living/food expenses paid for.
- My plane tickets (USA to Europe and Europe back to USA) would also be potentially subsidized.
So back to my original question, will I be considered a professional once I begin this ‘internship’ even though the entirety of the trip will be in Europe? Also (this may or may not be in anyone’s knowledge, but it is worth it to ask) will be NCAA eligibility be revoked if I turn Pro under USEF guidelines?
I am okay with turning pro because of this wonderful opportunity, I just would rather not throw away a riding scholarship because of this.
Hopefully someone can comprehend this, and if not, I can try to clarify. I am in the process of speaking to an NCAA representative but they are taking forever to reply and I would like to know as soon as possible.
Thanks for reading!