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OUR HORSES

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No horse requred. Click the picture to watch.

NO HORSE NEEDED

Unlike traditional horse shows, riders to do not need to have their own horse or tack (AKA equipment) in order to compete in the ISHS. 

Riders are allowed to compete on their own horses, and riders who do not have their own horses can "lease" one from the host barn at each show. About half of our riders use one of our horses, and judging is based on the rider-- not on the horse-- so that every rider is competing on the same playing field.

Many horse owners even leave their steed at home and ride one of ours. The kids love the extra challenge of riding a new horse, and parents love that they don't have to spend their Sunday trailering.  Plus, not all of our kids typically compete as Hunters, so this gives them a chance to ride in a different discipline-- without their Show Jumper horse racing around the ring!


WHY IT MATTERS

Because you do not need to own a horse to compete in ISHS, our series has made riding more affordable and accessible to students, schools, and parents.

Not needing a horse dramatically decreases the cost of horse showing, opens the door for more kids to compete, and makes it possible for competitors of all equine disciplines to ride together. It's extra cool because no other show series does it!

Many horse owners even leave their steed at home and ride one of ours. The kids love the extra challenge of riding a new horse, and parents love that they don't have to spend their Sunday trailering.  Plus, not all of our kids typically compete as Hunters, so this gives them a chance to ride in a different discipline-- without their Show Jumper horse racing around the ring!


Barns provide the take, and you can switch the saddle pad to rep your school while you ride!

Barns provide the take, and you can switch the saddle pad to rep your school while you ride!

HOW IT WORKS 

To ride one our our horses, all you have to do to is check "Need Horse" on your registration form when you sign for the show. A representative from the host barn will select a horse for you based on what division you enter, your height, weight, and riding experience. These reps are riding instructors at the facility who work with the horses every day, and ISHS coaches who attend the shows and know the kids. They spend a lot of time matchmaking to ensure each human-horse/ person-pony partnership is a perfect fit.  

You'll receive your horse assignment when you arrive at the show. The host barn washes the horses and provides the tack, so you can just show up and hop on!


Click the picture to see some ISHS horses in action.

ABOUT OUR HORSES

Our host barn's professionally trained horses are totally competent equine companions. They live at the facility, are regularly ridden in the show ring, and are comfortable in their surroundings. They are fun to ride, beautifully behaved, and the perfect "canvases" for you to showcase your skills. 

The judge cannot tell which horses belong to the barn and which ones belong to the riders. (But he/she doesn't care either way because judging is based solely on the athlete-- not on the animal.)

While performance is important, we consider safety to be the top priority. Instructors from the host barn are always on-site to help out, answer questions, and to ensure each rider is comfortable with their horse assignment.