The team competes in up to six regional shows each year along with Nationals. We encourage all members and parents to travel with us. Students learn teamwork, time management and how to be an effective rider who produces a winning ride in the dressage arena. It is not necessary to be an equine major to participate on the team. Many riders major in a variety of other degrees and compete on the team.
The IDA team consists of an Introductory level rider, two Training level riders, and a First level rider. IDA teams do not transport their own horses to competitions. The host school provides all horses for the show. The team captain, (the First level rider), participates in a "draw" to determine the team's group of four horses. The horses are then "paraded" while each coach assigns one of its riders to each horse in the group of horses. Riders then mount at their assigned time, receive 10 minutes to warm up and perform their dressage test for the judge.
Team tryouts are held during the beginning of September. An ASTM approved helmet is required. Show clothes and tack are recommended, but not required. Students may rent a tack locker (if available) for $75 a semester to store their equipment.
You will try out on one of the University's school horses and will be assigned to an appropriate competition level.
Weekly practices are posted and are held in the early morning!
Our IDA team is a school funded club sport. Therefore, travel and showing expenses are covered by the school. For more information about IDA, visit the Intercollegiate Dressage Association website.
For more information about UF's IDA Dressage Team, contact Coach Nicole Thungen at [email protected].