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Frequently Asked Questions

What is IHSA?


How much does it cost?


Do I have to own a horse?


Do I have to try out?


What equipment will I need?


Do I have to have riding or showing experience?

 

Stephanie West

Does it take up alot of time?

What should I wear to lessons?

Where do we ride?

In what equestrian sports do we compete?

Who do we show against?

Is being on the Eq Team worth all of the time and effort?

Intermediate Huntseat rider Stephanie West
 
What is IHSA?

IHSA is the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, which sanctions the shows in which the equestrian team competes. IHSA offers many opportunities to college students, including show experience at regional, zone, and national levels. They offer scholarships and much more. IHSA membership includes about 360 colleges and universities and over 8,300 students from across the nation, divided into geographical regions. All IHSA competitions are judged solely on the rider. A random draw determines the horse each rider will compete on for each class at each show.

 

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How much does it cost?

This is the cheapest way to show horses. If you are used to carting your horse and all that goes with him to the show, you will welcome the change of pace. Each member of the team pays dues of $15 once a semester. If you are not planning on showing and just want to be involved, that is all it costs! If you are among the many that do choose to compete, IHSA National dues are $30 for one seat and $40 for both Hunter and Western seats, annually. Taking practice from one of our team coaches is strongly advised, especially if you are planning to show. Lessons cost $225 per semester (for 1 or 2 lessons per week). Travel expenses are relatively cheap, especially when we are fortunate to receive Student Government Association funding to help cover entry fees and some travel expenses. And that’s it! No feed to buy, no show sheen, and no farrier costs - this is truly the cheapest way to show.

 

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Do I have to own a horse?

No, we show and take lessons using university owned schooling horses. We have been lucky enough to have a wide variety of quality horses donated to the horse program.

 

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Do I have to try out?

Although try outs are not required, you will have to participate in a placement ride so that your experience level can be assessed and so you can be placed in the proper division.

 

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What equipment will I need?

You will need a ASTM/SEI approved helmet for lessons.  Those who will be showing hunter seat will need a show helmet and tall boots. Western riders will need western boots, with about a 1 inch heel.  The team has some English and Western show clothes that you may borrow; however, those showing longer than two semesters are strongly advised to purchase their own show attire.

 

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Do I have to have riding or showing experience?
 

No, you are put into classes according to your experience level, therefore those with no experience are just as welcome as those with World Championship titles.

 

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Does it take up a lot of time?
 
 

It can. We have team meetings every Monday night at 7:00 p.m. Those showing will also be taking one or two lessons per week depending on availability, each are an hour long. They will also have to give up some of their weekends to go to shows of course. We also do several fundraisers and community service projects as well.

 

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What should I wear to lessons?
 
 

For a hunter seat lesson, you should wear tall boots or half chaps, and helmet. For a western lesson you need helmet and riding boots with approximately a 1 inch heel.

 

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Where do we ride?
 
 

If you’re looking for an awesome facility, you’ve come to the right place. We are lucky enough to get to ride in the brand new horse science facilities. We have our own private enclosed arena, just behind the horse science building which houses offices, classrooms, and of course our horses. We have two round pens, and a dedicated jump field.  Just across the parking lot, is the Tennessee Miller Coliseum, which is a state of the art show arena, and the best in the state, we are privileged enough to get to use it from time to time, which is truly a privilege. See more about our facility here.


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In what equestrian sports do we compete?
 
 

We compete in hunter seat equitation, equitation over fences, western horsemanship, and reining horsemanship. All IHSA competitions are judged solely on the rider.

 

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Is being on the Eq Team worth all of the time and effort?

 
 
Absolutely yes! Being involved on the equestrian team not only greatly improves you riding, but also it makes you a better horseperson overall. One of the best parts of being on the team, is it allows you to meet so many new people who all have similar interests as you. Spending so much time with them really allows for good lasting friendships to form. Not to mention if you plan to go into the horse industry as a career, it looks great on your resume!
 
 
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