I competed through IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) while in college. But now that I've graduated (and finally have my own horse), I haven't been involved with it anymore. I had a blast though! It was so much fun (I'd never shown before) and I really liked planning our own horse shows.
I rode one of Findlay's horses at IHSA Nationals in 2005. It was very interesting to see the quality of the horses those East Coast schools had! We kind of just scrounge together horses that have been at pasture for a year or something. We even worked for our local Therapeutic Riding Center to earn time to practice ride on their horses. Basically, anything with 4 hooves and an owner willing to "donate" the animal's time were our mounts!
It was good though, we got to learn to ride any
kind of horse...not just the push-button kind!