Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is IHSA?

A: IHSA is the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, which sanctions those shows in which the equestrian team competes. IHSA offers many opportunities to college students, including show experience at regional, zone and national levels. They offer scholarships and much more. IHSA membership includes about 360 colleges and universities and over 8,300 students from across the nation, divided into geographical regions. All IHSA competitions are judged solely on the rider. A random draw determines the horse each rider will compete on for each class at each show.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: This is the cheapest way to show horses. If you are used to carting your horse and all that goes with him to the show, you will welcome the change of pace. If you just want to be involved but are not planning on riding and showing the cost is $50 per semester. Taking lessons from our coach is required if you are planning on showing. Lessons cost $425 per semester (two lessons per week) which breaks down to approximately $15 per lesson. IHSA National dues are $30 for one seat and $40 for both hunter and western seats annually. Travel expenses and entry fees for showing are relatively cheap and we do fundraisers throughout the year to assist with these costs.

Q: Do I have to own a horse?
A: No. Lander University provides all horses, tack and facilities for the Equestrian Team, and members show and take lessons on university-owned horses. For those who do own a horse, stall and pasture boarding are available at the Equestrian Center.

Q: Can I board my own horse at Lander’s Equestrian Center?
A: Absolutely! We are more than happy to board your special equine partner at our new Equestrian Center. We offer both stall and pasture board.

Q: Do I need equipment?
A: You will need an ASTM/SEI-approved helmet for lessons. Those who will be showing hunt seat will need a show helmet and tall boots. Western riders will need western boots with a 1-inch heel. If you plan on showing, you will also need to purchase your own show attire.

Q: Do I have to have riding or showing experience?
A: No, you are put into classes according to your experience level; therefore those with no experience are just as welcome as those with World Championship titles.

Q: Does it take up a lot of time?
A: It can. We have team meetings once a week. Those on the Riding Team will be taking two (2) lessons per week which are an hour long. They will also have to spend some weekends going to shows of course. In addition, we have weekly team workouts for an hour. We also do several fundraisers and community service projects as well.

Q: What should I wear to lessons?
A: For a hunter seat lesson, you should wear breeches, tall boots or half chaps, and an ASTM/SEI approved helmet. For a western lesson you should wear jeans, riding boots with approximately a 1-inch heel, and an ASTM/SEI approved helmet.

Q: Where do we ride?
A: If you are looking for an awesome facility, you’ve come to the right place! We are lucky enough to get to ride in the brand new Lander University Equestrian Center! We have our own private 150’ x 300’ outdoor arena, outdoor grass arena, jumps, beautiful barn, classroom, offices and of course many outstanding horses!

Q: In what equestrian sports do we compete?
A: We compete in hunter seat equitation, equitation over fences, western horsemanship and reining horsemanship. All IHSA competitions are judged solely on the rider.

Q: Who do we show against?
A: Our regular-season shows are within Zone 5 Region 2, competing against the following:
  • Berry College
  • Clemson University
  • Converse College
  • Emory University
  • Erskine College
  • Furman University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Judson College
  • North Georgia College & State University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of South Carolina Columbia
  • University of South Carolina Aiken
Q: Is being on the Equestrian Team worth all of the time and effort?
A: Absolutely yes! Being involved on the Equestrian Team not only greatly improves your riding, but also makes you a better horseperson overall. One of the best parts of being on the team is that it allows you to meet so many new people who all have similar interests as you. Spending so much time with them really allows for good lasting friendships to form. Not to mention no matter what career path you are on, it looks great on your resume!