A subset of USEF Alliance Partners, Education Partners are those non-profit organizations whose mission is to provide opportunities for participation in equestrian sport to individuals attending scholastic and collegiate institutions and that offer a competitive program that includes a final championship event which incorporates either team or individual participation and recognition, or both. The Education Partner Program was initiated to accomplish two goals focused on broadening participation and education at the collegiate and scholastic levels of equestrian sport. The first is to introduce young equestrians, their parents, and coaches to US Equestrian, and the second is to maintain a connection with collegiate equestrians as they further their education and careers within the equestrian industry.
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2020 USEF Education Partner Organizations
American National Riding Commission – ANRC
The primary goal of ANRC is to promote the American System of Forward Riding and to promote the highest quality of educated riding and related services within schools, colleges, universities, and public or private riding establishments. Each year, ANRC offers competitive programs that focus on developing excellence in riding skill, knowledge of riding theory, and the horse’s performance. Each year ANRC offers:
- Instructional riding clinics
- The ANRC National Equitation Championships to enhance the collegiate, junior, and adult amateur riding experience
- A DVD series that provides a step-by-step guide on how to implement forward riding concepts for both horse and rider
- Opportunities to work with other organizations whose purposes are in accord with those of the ANRC
ANRC competitive programs focus on developing excellence in riding skills, knowledge of riding theory, and the horse’s performance. ANRC educational materials provide visual representations of good performances, as well as specific programs and schooling techniques for the rider to follow.
Participants may compete on a school-owned horse, a leased horse, or a privately owned horse. The highest score in each phase will be awarded to the rider who demonstrates excellence in equitation and produces a smooth, cooperative performance exemplifying quality hunter movement both on the flat and over fences. Throughout the year, coaches are encouraged to incorporate forward riding theory and sound stable management practices to improve the rider’s mounted and unmounted horsemanship skills. Students are encouraged to set personal goals as well as team goals, study ANRC materials, practice fundamentals, and apply knowledge.
For more information regarding ANRC programs visit: www.anrc.org.
Intercollegiate Dressage Association - IDA
The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) is a national organization that offers organized competitions, educational resources, and the opportunity for students to make dressage part of their college experience.
IDA is affordable and fun with established teams on the East Coast, West Coast, and in the Midwest and Canada. College students interested in dressage are encouraged to start teams at their schools. IDA provides support for new teams through regional leadership and assistance grants.
Regional competitions lead to the National Championships each year. Riders may compete as a collegiate team or as an individual riding tests from the USDF Introductory Level through First Level. Dressage Seat Equitation and Quiz Challenge are also offered throughout the year leading to the National Championships in April.
At least 55 colleges are members which field teams for IDA, providing over 700 riders in total to the program. Among those colleges many also offer riding scholarships
For more information please visit the IDA website teamdressage.com.
Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association - IHSA
The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) welcomes men and women of all riding levels and offers individual and team competition in hunter seat equitation, Western horsemanship and reining at more than 400 member colleges and universities. Founded in 1967, 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.
The IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional, zone and national levels. The association was founded on the principle that any college student should have the opportunity to participate in equestrian competition regardless of financial status, gender or riding level. The IHSA emphasizes learning and sportsmanship and fosters teamwork. IHSA welcomes riders in their first years of riding and students with show experience. IHSA eliminates the expense of owning and transporting horses and puts competition within financial reach of college and university students.
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 to build successful careers.
For more information visit the IHSA website at ihsainc.com.
Interscholastic Equestrian Association - IEA
Co-founded in 2002 in Ohio by Roxane Durant, Myron Leff, Wayne Ackerer and Tim Boone, IEA now has a nationwide membership of approximately 14,000 elementary, middle and high school students (grades 4 through 12), their parents, and coaches. A non-profit organization offers its members the opportunity to participate in team and individual equestrian competition in the disciplines of hunt seat, western horsemanship, reining, and dressage, all without the requirement of horse ownership.
The MISSION of the IEA is to introduce students in private and public middle and secondary schools to equestrian sports and to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction.
The IEA PURPOSE is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian sport at the middle and secondary school levels (primarily ages 9 through 19).
For more information, please visit rideiea.org.
National Collegiate Equestrian Association - NCEA (NCAA Emerging Sport)
The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), in concert with the mission and vision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), is committed to providing collegiate opportunities for female equestrian student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while embracing equity, diversity and promoting academic and competitive excellence. NCAA Equestrian student-athletes, coaches, and programs adhere to their respective NCAA Division rules and regulations. Currently 24 colleges and universities sponsor equestrian as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women with more being added each year. More than 1,400 women are listed on NCAA team rosters across the United States.
The NCEA features a head-to-head team competition format in four events: Jumping Seat Equitation on the Flat and Over Fences, Western Horsemanship and Reining. Student-athletes from each team are matched to their mounts by random draw prior to each meet. Horses are designated by event to be ridden by each pair of opposing student-athletes competing head-to-head. The rider receiving the higher score from the judges earns a point for her team. The team with the most combined points from the four events is the winner.
The NCEA National Championship is held in April each year. Qualification for this seeded bracket championship requires participation in a minimum of three NCEA regular season meets. The NCEA National Champion is determined by competition between the two teams that advance from the semifinal meets.
The NCEA promotes the advancement of NCAA Equestrian within college athletics and its guiding vision is to be recognized globally as the premier level of competition for elite female collegiate equestrian student-athletes.
For more information, please visit our website collegiateequestrian.com.
USEA Intercollegiate Eventing
In 2014, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors approved the creation of the Intercollegiate Eventing Program as an official program of the USEA. Originally proposed with input from the Intercollegiate Eventing League, the program was established to provide a framework on which eventing teams and individual competition could flourish at universities and colleges across the country. Collegiate athletic programs have been the training grounds for Olympians, amateur athletes and professional athletes for generations. Enabling students to train in the Olympic sport of eventing is a natural addition.
Intercollegiate Team Challenges are quickly becoming popular additions to recognized horse trials in the United States. Teams competing in events identified as Intercollegiate Team Challenges are able to self-identify to the competition organizer, and will compete in the regular horse trial competition as individuals. Combining their individual scores, their team scores will be tabulated and matched against other teams.
The inaugural USEA Intercollegiate Championship was held in 2016 and continues to grow each year. The Intercollegiate Eventing Championship offers Beginner Novice – Intermediate and no qualification is necessary, however schools represented must be registered Affiliates of USEA and competitors must be enrolled as undergraduate students or have graduated no earlier than six months prior to the championship. Beginning in 2020, USEA will offer a Graduate division at the Intercollegiate Championships, allowing graduate students to compete in their own division at the event.
For more information about the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Program please visit USEA Intercollegiate Eventing.
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