Frequently asked questions

What is IHSA?

IHSA welcomes beginners through advanced riders in the hunter and Western disciplines to compete individually or on a team. Men and women compete with and against each other. IHSA eliminates the expenses of horse ownership and allows more students to compete. Horses are furnished by host colleges and are chosen by drawing lots. The use of personal tack is not allowed and schooling is not permitted. The format fairly tests the horsemanship of the athletes. Divisions range from Walk/Trot to the Open Division for the more experienced riders.

Do I need my own horse?

No! Auburn provides horses for use during practice and all schools hosting meets provide horses.

How do you compete?

At Auburn riders tryout at the begining of the year and are placed in one of three categoies: Competing, Non-Competing, and General Members. Competing memebers are eligible to horse show although the roster can change between shows as we are only allowed fourteen spots and have twenty-four huntseat members and sixteen western members on the competing team. Non-competing members practice weekly and can earn a chance to move up to a competing spot the following semester. General Members are given free ride opportunities but do not actively practice with the team. They are given a chance to move up to non-competing or competing if the coaches feel that they have earned a spot. Genereal members are integral to having our home meets run smoothly and efficiently.

What does it cost?

There is a yearly team fee of $75 Jumping practice costs $1250/semester Huntseat flat/Western costs $1000/semester Non-competing costs $500/semester These costs include lessons and workouts.

Do I need to have shown before?

No! We take all level of riders from all backgrounds.

How do I get involved?

Checkout our member information page!