Sports

COME RIDE WITH US: WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN THE EQUESTRIAN TEAMS

The Alfred State Equestrian Teams will be holding an organizational meeting for students interested in participating on the intercollegiate club riding teams during the 2012-2013 academic year.  Coaches and current team members will be on hand to answer any questions at 5:00 p.m. on Monday April 23, 2012 in Room 119 of the EJ Brown building. “No experience is necessary because we welcome anyone with an interest in riding horses.”

Where We Ride

We currently ride at Kendrick Show Stables (English) and Hurdale Farm (Western). You don’t have to have a horse to be on the team. In our lessons, we use the stable’s lesson horses so we do not get used to riding one horse. Lessons are usually $20-35 depending on how many people you ride with and how long the lesson is. No car? No problem! Most of our members carpool to lessons.

IHSA Competitions

The Alfred State College Equestrian Teams are members of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, a nationally recognized organization. The IHSA promotes competition for riders of any skill level through individual and team competitions at regional and national levels. IHSA competitions develop sportsmanship, team enthusiasm, and horsemanship.

IHSA shows are a true test of horsemanship ability. When we go to shows, we ride the host school’s horses. We aren’t allowed to school/warm up the horses before our classes, we just get on and go! Horse and rider are paired up randomly, which makes all riders compete on an equal level.

The IHSA currently has two disciplines – Hunter/English and Stock Seat/Western. You can choose to compete in one or both. There are five levels that you will be accessed into at the beginning of the year – Walk-Trot, Walk-Trot-Canter, Novice, Intermediate, or Open. Depending on where you point into, you may start at basic walk/trot, walk/trot/canter, or low level jumping for hunters or reining patterns for western/stock seat. Riders move up through the levels by accumulating points by placing at each horse show. There are eight riding shows held each year. Points earned in each show carry over from year to year except for the open riders.

Not interested in showing?

Team members participate in club meetings, at which they attend to team business and learn about stable management and horse care. They also participate in campus leadership activities. Team members are frequently involved in volunteer activities throughout the year. The team also fundraises actively to pay for team apparel and other costs involved in riding and showing.  Team members not showing can also participate in social events from grooming to movie nights to trail rides and horse handling and assisting at shows.

For more information about the equestrian teams contact: boltonvl @alfredstate.edu

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