We are a hunter/jumper team that competes against other
colleges in the region through the IHSA
(Intercollegiate Horse Show Association).
We travel all over
Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and occasionally others to IHSA
horse shows. At the shows, we draw the name of a
horse out of a hat, and we get to watch that horse ride
around all day. We don't really get any contact
with our horse until it's time to ride. We're
judged on our equitation/horsemanship (how we look on the horse) and
how well we can handle the horse that we draw.
The hunter/jumper team rides in both
flat classes and over fences. The flat classes are
walk/trot and walk/trot/canter. The
walk/trot/canter is divided into five groups: beginner,
advanced, novice, intermediate, and open. You need to
qualify for the novice, intermediate, or open flat class in order to
be able to jump.
The placings are
given out 1st through 6th, and each placing is given a
1st Place: 7 points
4th Place: 3 points
2nd Place: 5 points
5th Place: 2 points
3rd Place: 4 Points
6th Place: 1 point
accumulates points over the course of the year according
to what placing they get at the
shows. When a
rider earns a certain number of points, they are able to move on to the next division. The points earned
also count towards a trip to Regionals, Zones, and ultimately Nationals.
As a team we also accumulate points,
although those are earned a little differently. There is one rider secretly
selected from each division as the 'point rider'.
If the point rider gets first place, then 7 points are
awarded to the team, if the point rider doesn't place,
then the team gets no points. The points awarded to the
point rider in each division are added up at the end of
the show and determine the overall placing of the team.
We're a team that loves horses and
loves to have fun, and if that sounds like something
that interests you...contact us!
Our Practices are held on a
weekly basis and riders are grouped according to
skill level. As a team, we expect each rider to be
committed to their riding and the team. It is also
required that every member works chores at our barn
2 nights per month. Team members
also have the opportunity to hack once a week. It
is not necessary to have your own transportation- we
carpool to the barn and competitions!
hard, we work hard, and we have a lot of fun!
Meetings are held at the
beginning of each school year and periodically throughout the
Rachel Fenske (contact info below) if you would
like more information or are interested in joining!