New Plans in the Works for IHSA Alumni Competition

The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) leadership announced changes to alumni competition for the 2022-2023 season. Alumni competition will continue as usual for the regular season through Regional Finals, Zone Finals and Semi-Finals. Under the auspices of the Intercollegiate Alumni Association (IHSAA), a new, separate IHSAA National Championship Show is in the planning stages. Stay tuned to the IHSA social media, website and your inbox for details.

For the 2023-2024 season and beyond, a new IHSAA competition format is being developed to create more opportunities to grow the ranks of the IHSAA competing members, increase competition options, including broadening the geographic reach and more closely align with the interests of alumni.

“We encourage alumni to compete this season and make it their best season ever,” said IHSA National Alumni Director Tammy Cranouski. “Our goal is to include more IHSA alumni and create a more successful IHSAA program. I am excited for the future of IHSAA competitions and look forward to sharing the details of the new format in the very near future.”

An estimated 250,000 people have participated in the IHSA since its founding in 1967. IHSA alumni play a significant role in the equestrian world as professionals, in careers in equestrian focused-businesses, governing bodies, communication firms, amateur competitors, horse owners, breeders and more. One of the IHSA’s goals is to engage both competing and champion (non-competing) alumni by encouraging them to participate in the alumni association and its activities and support the organization by becoming mentors to current undergraduate members.

The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) welcomes all genders at a range of riding levels and offers individual and team competition in hunter seat equitation, Western horsemanship, ranch riding and reining at more than 400 member colleges and universities. Membership in IHSA means that college students can participate in horse shows regardless of their experience or financial status. Students compete from beginner through advanced with suitable, provided horses, eliminating the expense of horse ownership.

Founded in 1967 by Bob Cacchione, it is the oldest and largest intercollegiate equestrian organization with 10,000 members in 47 states and Canada. IHSA college and university team participation is represented through a variety of programs, including varsity athletics, academic departments and club sports. IHSA offers valuable hands-on experience and professional development in multiple facets of the equine industry. Many IHSA teams participate in service projects, giving back to their communities. Through the IHSA, students enhance their college experience and develop the tools that help build successful careers.

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