Frequently Asked Questions about the Lander University Equestrian Team


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 419 colleges and universities and over 9250 students from across the nation, divided into geographical regions.  All IHSA competitions are judged solely on the rider’s Equitation. 

A random draw determines the horse which is provided by the host school 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, you can be a member of the LUET Club the cost is $75.00 per semester. As a paying club member you will have the option to take part in at least 6 Equine Education lectures.  If you wish to, and are selected, to be an active, competing LUET member you will pay a team riding fee of $650.00 per semester.  This Fee covers a minimum of 18 group lessons per semester with the LUET riding coach, all practice rides during the semester, all equine education lectures and team workouts, and transportation to and from competitions.  As a Team member, Team Workouts and lessons with the LUET Coach are required. If you subtract transportation costs and assume a minimum of 6 practice rides @ approximately $15 per ride the approximate breakdown per group lesson ends up being about $20.00 per group lesson! If you compare that with most reputable equestrian lesson facilities, that is a great deal! If you choose and are selected to be a competing member of the IHSA Lander University Equestrian Team you will have to join the IHSA. You will be responsible for paying for your Yearly Membership dues. IHSA National Association yearly dues are $40.00 for one discipline and $60 for both Hunter and Western disciplines.  Transportation and Hotel expenses are covered for the competing team members by the riding team fee. Team Members are responsible for their own meals and entry fees which run approximately $40.00 per class (about ½ the cost of most regular rated shows). As a whole showing IHSA is relatively cheap and it is possible to do fundraisers throughout the year to assist with these costs.   

Q: Do I have to own a horse?

A: No, you will show and take lessons using university owned schooling horses.  We have been lucky enough to have a wide variety of quality Hunter and Western horses donated and leased to the program.

Q: Can I board my personal horse at Lander’s Equestrian Center?

A:  Absolutely!  We are more than happy to board your special equine partner at our Equestrian Center.  We offer both stall and pasture board.  Please contact our Director Sandy Garron for more information.

Q: Do I have to try out?

A: Yes, all new students will need to meet one on one with the LUET Coach and do some sort of try out /placement ride. Additionally, New students who wish to compete on the IHSA team will have to meet with the LUET Coach to fill out the IHSA riding placement form. This form is to assess your experience and level so you can be placed in the division with riders of similar background and experience.

Q: What equipment will I need?

A: You will need an ASTM/SEI approved helmet for all lessons. Those who will be showing hunt seat will need a show helmet and tall boots.  Western riders will need western boots, with about a 1 inch heel and proper fitting jeans (no super low rise jeans) that are long enough to cover their boot heel when mounted.  If you plan on showing, you will also need to purchase your own proper/approved show attire. 

Q: Do I have to have riding or showing experience?

A: No, you are put into divisions according to your experience level; therefore those with no experience are just as welcome as those with Medal wins and World Championship titles.

Q: Does it take up a lot of time?

A: It can!   We have team meetings 2 to 4 times a month.  Those on the Riding Team will be taking a minimum of two (2) lessons per week which are an hour long.  They will also have weekly 1 hour workouts and spend some weekends going to shows.  In addition, Team members will also have horse related responsibilities, Equine Education lectures and additional workouts.  Plus we participate in some campus functions as well as having several fundraisers and community service projects. 

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 (super low rise jeans are not acceptable) that are long enough to cover your boot heel when mounted, 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 have our own private 150’ x 300’ covered arena, outdoor sand arena, jumps, round pen, beautiful barn, classroom, offices, therapeutic riding center, 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 riders equitation.

Q: Who do we show against?

A: Our regular season shows are within IHSA Zone 5 - Region 3, competing against the following:

  • Clemson University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • College of Charleston
  • Converse College
  • Furman University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • University of South Carolina Aiken
  • University of South Carolina Columbia
  • Wesleyan University
  • Wofford University

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 makes you a well-rounded, independent, better overall person.  One of the best parts of being on the team, is it allows you to meet many new people who all have similar interest.  You will acquire many connections and create lasting friendships.  Not to mention no matter what career path you are on, you will develop useful life skills and it also looks great on your resume!