OUR TEAM FAQ'S IHSA The Equestrian Team was established in 1995. We are a completely student run club that operates through the University of Colorado at Boulder’s club sports program. We welcome riders of all levels and backgrounds. We have both English and Western disciplines that compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in Zone 8 Region 5. The English team is coached by Jill Pelzel and the Western team is coached by Holly Tracy. Throughout the year our team participates in horse shows, fundraisers, and fun social events. In the past four years the English team has attended IHSA nationals. How many members are there?
There are over 40 members between the English and Western Teams
How many shows are there? There are usually 4 or 5 weekends of showing each school year for each discipline.
When do I take lessons? Lessons can be taken on your own time. Lessons are scheduled individually with the desired coach at times that will work for you.
What disciplines are available?
The English team competes in hunter seat equitation and the western seat competes in western equitation on the rail with open divisions competing in reining.
Can I do both teams?
Yes! You are more than welcome to compete in both divisions. If you choose to do this you must purchase a western lesson package and an English lesson package. How many lessons do I have to take?
This varies from semester to semester, but usually 4+ lessons are required per semester in each discipline you will be showing in. Coaches will set a required amount of lessons you need to finish before each show. If you are not showing, lesson quantity is up to you.
Where do we practice? English team rides at Fall River Farm, and the Western team rides at C and H Quarter Horses .
Do I need my own horse? No. Both coaches have lesson horses available for riders of every skill level. If you do have your own horse, coaches may be open to setting up a boarding agreement depending on availability (please contact them). There are many boarding facilities in the Boulder area.
Do I need my own equipment?
The only thing we ask that you have are paddock boots to practice in. We also strongly recommend purchasing a helmet if you are joining the English team but there are loaners available. The team has extra show clothes to share but if you wish to purchase your own you can purchase these items at Fox Creek Mobile Equine Outfitters (on 30th Street.) The Equestrian Team receives a 10% off discount. How big of a time commitment is the Equestrian Team?
Team members are required to attend a team meeting on the first Wednesday of every month. They are also required to attend all home horse shows which are usually one or two weekends per semester. Lessons can be scheduled around your schedule.
Who do we compete against? Do we compete in an organization? We compete in IHSA (Region 5 Zone 8) and against schools in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Oklahoma, California and Kansas. Please see http://www.ihsainc.com/ for more information. How much does it cost to be on the team? Dues are $125/semester + $150 in fundraisers. Lessons are $65 each or a package of 12 is $350. There is also a $750 horse fee to cover the cost of feed, horse shoes, vet bills, and other expenses. Dues and fundraising help to pay for travel, team equipment, and horse living costs (shoes, vet bills, feed, tack, etc.).
Why do we do fundraising? Because we are a club sport, we only receive a limited amount of funding from the school. The money we receive does not even come close to meeting the team's needs, and because of this it is important to bring in money through fundraising. Our home horse show is our largest fundraiser and we do many others including beg letters, bake sales, t-shirt sales, etc.
Do I need experience to join the Equestrian Team?
No, we welcome riders of all levels. IHSA provides divisions for beginners through advanced riders. Who can join the team?
To be a competitive rider you must be a full time undergraduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Both the English and Western team compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). IHSA is designed to allow riders of all experience and backgrounds to ride and compete against other schools in horse shows at the collegiate level. CU competes in Zone 5 Region 8. The IHSA operates by splitting riders into divisions according to their experience and coach's recommendations. Riders determine who they ride by picking a horse at random, for example, picking a name out of a hat. Horses are provided by the school that is hosting the show and riders are able to watch the horse warm up but not warm them up ourselves, and are provided with a brief description. Riders then compete on their horse against riders from other schools placed in their same division. IHSA shows are judged based on the rider’s equitation and horsemanship, not on the ability of the horse. You will receive points in each class depending on your place that go towards a total amount of pointes per season (1st=7, 2nd=5, 3rd=4, 4th=3, 5th=2, 6th=1). All points carry over from year to year with the exception of the open division. Rider’s points in the open division are erased at the end of every show season. If a rider obtains more than 36 points in their division, with the exception of open, he or she qualifies for regionals and moves up to the next division. In open, a rider needs 27 points to qualify for regionals. The riders that place top 2 at regionals will move on to represent our region at zones and/or semi finals. The riders the place top 2 at zones will move on to nationals.
Official IHSA website: http://www.ihsainc.com.