The University of Findlay's English Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team has become one of the top equestrian teams in the country. They captured the 2001 IHSA National Championship and followed it up with the 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010 Reserve National Championship titles. The coaches, instructors and staff are dedicated and proud of our intense equestrian programs that help develop the most accomplished intercollegiate riders.
IHSA is unique in that students do not bring their own horses to the competition. Instead, the host college provides all horses. The riders then participate in a "draw" to determine their mounts. Once assigned, the rider will mount his/her horse, adjust his/her stirrups and enter the show ring. Riders are judged on hunt seat equitation over fences and/or on the flat.
It is not necessary to be an equestrian studies major to participate on the team. Many riders attend the University for a variety of other degrees and compete on the team.
In addition to regional, zone and national championships, we have approximately seven regional qualifying shows per year. We encourage all members and parents to travel with us.
We have a wonderful parent and alumni support group. As a member of The University of Findlay's IHSA team, students learn teamwork, time management and how to be successful riders who produce winning rides. Although the IHSA requires an ample amount of hard work and commitment, the rewards are great and many.
A saddle, girth, saddle pads and bridle will be necessary for practice.
The University of Findlay covers all varsity team travel and showing expenses. In accordance with IHSA rules, all varsity team members must be at least a Collegiate member of the USHJA.
Team tryouts will be held during the first couple of weeks in September. You will need your show clothes and an ASTM approved helmet. You will try out on one of The University of Findlay's school horses.
IHSA team members are all required to volunteer one weekend, working at Cedar Point Amusement Park This is a great opportunity for the team members to get to know each other away from the farm and to work together as a team.
Visit the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) website for more information.
IHSA Hunt Seat Team Coaches
Head Coach: Stella Prescott
Asst. Coach: Eileen "Bud" Roberts