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post #11 of 18 Old 12-06-2012, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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So, what I've basically gathered is that I can possibly do both..? I've read a lot about the IHSA and have thought it would be fun and beneficial to be a part of, but I've shied away from it because I want to continue competing on my own horse. But if I can be on that team and then compete my own horse by myself, that would be awesome!

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post #12 of 18 Old 12-06-2012, 09:08 PM
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Oh yeah, you are totally free to do your own thing in addition to the IHSA. NCAA riding teams are different however. I am not clear on the specifics, maybe someone that rides NCAA can clarify, but I am pretty sure you are not allowed to compete outside of the team or something along those lines. But in the IHSA there are no such rules about competing on your own. I have found that the IHSA has been extremely beneficial for my riding. I did my last year of it last year.
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post #13 of 18 Old 12-07-2012, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much!! That's so cool to hear, I've heard such awesome things about the IHSA and have wanted to join but I also want to focus on my own competing.. Thanks so much for the feedback

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post #14 of 18 Old 12-18-2012, 04:41 PM
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william woods university has an AMAZING jumper program. however, the equestrian portion is actually a major, not just a team. when i was looking into equestrian teams i learned all about it but its been a while so i forget if you can somehow major in equestrian something and also get a degree in something else or maybe minor in it(i believe that was possible). but i totally understand how you feel im now a sophomore in college and don't do the equestrian teams because in texas its only IHSA and NCAA and i am NOT a hunters fan hahah. but william woods has around a hundred horses all available for you to ride and show in not just collegiate show but the actual national jumper circuit USHJ. if you can do it they even have grand prix jumpers for you to show and ride. its pretty awesome(: haha. its in missouri by the way.
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aha! i looked into it a little more and i was right, you can be involved in the riding program without actually majoring in equestrian studies! also i've heard good things about berry college.
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post #16 of 18 Old 12-19-2012, 08:56 PM
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IHSA is great! I am on the purdue equestrian team and I love it, it's a great way to meet people. And you can definitely compete with your own horse too, it's only a one lesson a week commitment. I know a lot of people that are involved with the team but also competitive otherwise. It's not a huge time commitment just to ride for the team, only about three weekend shows a semester. There are actually a lot of schools that have a team!
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post #17 of 18 Old 12-23-2012, 09:43 AM
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I attended York College of Pennsylvania. They had an IHSA team. These shows were hard because you rode the horses that were at the College the show was being held, and you did not know which horse you were getting until you saw which horse was drawn for you. You also could not ride the horse before your class. Sometimes everyone would watch a spunky horse buck or bolt while the rider had to deal with it on the fly. There were many jumper rounds too. You do have to commit to one lesson a week with the coach of your team.

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Midway College isn't bad.
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