Who Are We?
We are a group of 25 to 30 co-ed undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. We come from a variety of backgrounds but find commonality in our love for horses.
We are a collegiate team at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The team provides a great social network as our season spans the entire school year, rather than just a semester. Wisconsin Equestrian also plans several social events throughout the year so everyone may get to know each other and create a bond of friendship and team competition.
What Do We Do?
Wisconsin Equestrian competes in approximately ten horse shows throughout the school year. These are generally held across about five weekends. As riders continue to improve and show dedication to the team, show teams will change throughout the school year. Therefore, not every team member will compete in every show.
Team members are divided into lesson groups of 4-5 people and take one hour-long lesson a week with the Coach. Horses are varied each week so you won't ride the same horse every week. Different horses can teach us different skills. This also replicates the IHSA show environment. Lessons are held at Sugar Creek Stables.
Practices are held intermittently throughout the semester with the same format as lessons. Our coaches teach the practices at the same location. Team members are required to go to at least 4 practices a semester. Practices are set up to get more ride time and learn from our 3 different coaches as they all have valuable knowledge to share.
**For both lessons and practices, riders must commit additional time to groom/tack up horses before the scheduled riding time and untack/cool down horses after. This usually adds an additional hour to lessons and practices
Sugar Creek Stables is located in Albany, WI, which is about 40 minutes away from the UW-Madison Campus. Team members carpool to the barn for lessons and practices, so owning a car is not necessary.
What Is IHSA?
The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association was established in 1967 by Robert Cacchione while he was an 18-year-old sophomore attending Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Cacchione developed the prototype competition program with the help of his professor and renowned horseman Jack Fritz.
The IHSA now encompasses 40 Regions in 8 Zones with over 400 member colleges in 45 states and Canada and represents 10,000 members in hunter seat equitation, Western horsemanship, and reining.
The IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at the regional, zone, and national levels. IHSA welcomes beginners through advanced riders in the hunter and Western disciplines to compete individually or on a team. Men and women compete with and against each other.
The IHSA eliminates the expenses of horse ownership and allows more students to compete. 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 Walk/Trot to the Open Division for the more experienced riders.