The FAU Equestrian Show Team proudly competes at horse shows sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA). The IHSA encompasses 40 Regions in 8 Zones with over 400 member colleges in 45 states and Canada and represents 10,000 members. Students who do well at IHSA shows can qualify for regional and national championship competitions. FAU belongs to Zone 5, Region 5 of the IHSA, along with Ave Maria University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida Southern College, Florida State University, Keiser University, Nova Southeastern University, Rollins College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, University of Tampa, University of West Florida and Valencia College.

IHSA welcomes beginners through advanced riders in the hunter and Western disciplines to compete individually or on a team. All genders compete with and against each other.

IHSA eliminates the expenses of horse ownership. Horses are furnished by host colleges and are chosen by drawing lots. The use of personal tack is not allowed and schooling is not permitted. The format fairly tests the horsemanship of the athletes. Divisions range from Beginner to the Open Division for the more experienced riders.

Full-time undergraduate students of member colleges are eligible to compete. Riders qualify for the National Championship (Nationals) through a point system. During the year, contestants accumulate points at their IHSA local shows to qualify for the Regional Finals in their respective divisions. The top two riders in each class of the Regional Finals move forward to the Zone Finals. The top two competitors in each class at Zones qualify for Nationals.


Christian Echavarria 


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