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About the IHSA

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The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional, zone, and national levels. At shows, students ride horses that are furnished by the host college and chosen by drawing lots. The use of personal tack is not allowed and schooling is not permitted. The theory behind this structure is to equalize variables of the competition and test the horsemanship of the contestants. Classes range from walk/trot for first year students to the Open Division for the more experienced riders. The IHSA now consists of 40 Regions in 8 Zones with almost 400 member colleges in 45 states and Canada. It receives a great deal of media attention and is now a fairly popular means of competition for many collegiate equestrians. For additional information, please visit