1. It gives a student an opportunity to continue competing without having the financial/time commitment of bringing their horse to school with them. Specifically at the University of Pittsburgh-which is an urban campus-the students get the opportunity to leave the city, continue to ride, and get a break from urban living.In addition, members of the IHSA are eligible for several scholarship opportunities-I strongly encourage students to apply for these. Becki Bloom, Head Coach, University of Pittsburgh, PA
2. They develop team building skills, create friendships and networking that assist in college and way after. Lori Cramer, Miami Equestrian, Director of Riding.
3. Being able to integrate their riding into pursuing a college degree is important for the serious rider who is college bound. Traditionally, the choices for competitive riders going to college have been to reduce their involvement in riding in order to pursue a non-equine related degree or to attend a college that offers equine degrees. Intercollegiate competitions permit students to find the best fit in a degree program without having to give up horses for 4 years. For riders who have always shown as individuals, the chance to be part of a team is a unique opportunity. Carol Burrowbridge, Mercer College, Head Coach
4. Our team at Wellesley is primarily a way for our members to continue riding while in college. It is a great opportunity to continue riding and competing without a lot of pressure, time requirement, and without having to own and keep your own horse. Amelia C. Cutler, Wellesley Equestrian Captain.
5. An opportunity to grow as a rider as well as a leader. Erin S. LeCompt, Moorehead State University Head Coach.
6. It provides the collegiate”team” experience to the Equestrian athletes as well as the more traditional collegiate sports do. For many this is a new and valuable concept. Eddie Federwisch, Virginia Intermont Head Coach.
7. Getting involved with student organizations is so important to having a successful and meaningful college experience. While academics are of course a priority, organizations such as an equestrian team are an outlet for growth, as well as making friends and memories that you will cherish for life. Involvement to a group with a united cause or goal is incredibly valuable. For example, on CUET we regularly talk about how much the team has helped us develop, bond, and learn new skills that will be vital to our futures, wherever those might be and whatever they might entail. It is also a wonderful opportunity for people who have never been able to ride or show before. Many teammates would not have the option of learning to ride or of competing if it weren’t for the IHSA and their respective team, making the team a invaluable. Charlotte Powers, Clemson University, Equestrian Team Vice President.