Intercollegiate Horse Show Association


Dec. 14, 2001

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association was established in 1967 at Fairleigh Dickinson University by Robert Cacchione and John Fritz. The purpose of the IHSA is to promote competition for riders of any skill level regardless of financial status. Students compete individually and as team members at both Regional and National levels. For all who take part, these IHSA competitions develop sportsmanship, team enthusiasm and horsemanship.

The IHSA's competitions are affordable because individual colleges host each event and provide the horses. However, this is not the only unique aspect of IHSA competitions. Not only are riders not allowed to use their own horses, but also personal tack and schooling/warm ups are not permitted. Horses and riders are paired up randomly by drawing. This enables riders to compete on an even keel and truly test their horsemanship ability. Riders compete in two riding disciplines, english and western, and four different classes, equitation over fences, equitation on the flat, western horsemanship and reining.

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