Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riding Association – ISSRA
The Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riding Association, Inc. (ISSRA) was founded in January 2008 by Sally
Haydon, Ph.D. in Lexington, Kentucky. Development of the organization was prompted by ten college
students from Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, Georgetown College, Morehead State
University and Art Institute Online, who expressed interest in the formation of an organization promoting
saddle seat riding and showing for college students.
The mission of ISSRA is to establish saddle seat riding teams at colleges and universities across
the United States providing beginners through experienced and/or advanced riders with an opportunity
to learn to ride or continue their riding and showing throughout college without the necessity of
owning a horse while in college.
Each ISSRA team is paired with a local riding school or academy that serves as the team’s home base
and provides riding instruction and team practices, horses and coaching at ISSRA horse shows. Beginners
(with little or no horse experience) through advanced riders (who have won World or National Championships)
are eligible to join ISSRA. ISSRA is the first intercollegiate equestrian program to offer saddle seat riding.
Please visit the ISSRA website at www.intercollegiatesaddleseat.com.