Horse Activities: Interscholastic Riding Competition

The start of the school season needn’t mean the end of your child’s riding activities. Thanks to interscholastic and intercollegiate riding programs, students at the middle, secondary and college levels at both private and public schools can enjoy time in the saddle by participating in riding as a sanctioned school sport.

The ability to continue one’s equestrian education is not the only benefit. Interscholastic and intercollegiate riding programs can encourage teamwork, the formation of new friendships and the development of strategic skills through competitions at the local, regional and national levels.

Though some programs require students to use their own horses or lease horses from the host school, others offer students the opportunity to polish their equestrian abilities on different horses without investing in a horse and tack. Some programs have Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions and affiliated show circuits. Check out the following organizations for information about age/grade requirements, locations, riding styles and levels, and possible scholarships or grants:

Middle and/or Secondary (High) School Programs:

American National Riding Commission (ANRC)—English
anrc.org

 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI)—English
www.collegeprepinvitational.com

IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association)—English, Western and Dressage
www.rideiea.org

IEL (Interscholastic Equestrian League)—English (Hunter and Jumper) and Dressage
www.theiel.org

Inter-School Horse Show (ISHS)—English
www.interschoolhorseshow.org

US Equestrian Interscholastic Athlete Program—multi-discipline and multi-breed
www.usef.org/learning-center/youth-programs/lettering

 College:

American National Riding Commission (ANRC)—English
anrc.org

Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA)—Dressage
www.teamdressage.com

 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA)—English (Hunt Seat) and Western
www.ihsainc.com

Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riding Association (ISSRA)—English (Saddle Seat)
www.intercollegiatesaddleseatriding.com

National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA)—female students only, English (Jumping Seat) and Western
collegiateequestrian.com

 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA)—Western (rodeo sports)
www.collegerodeo.com

USEA Intercollegiate Eventing—English (Eventing)
www.useventing.com/membership/intercollegiate