The Bowling Green State University Equestrian Team is recognized as a Sports Club through BGSU. Our members are passionate about horses, friends, and having fun. Our goal is to help everyone who is involved expand and show-off their knowledge of horsemanship.
While we are one team, we are made up of two discipline teams; an English and a Western team. Each team has their own coach and stable. Members practice with their respective discipline teams one-two times a week (coach’s preference).
Practices (lessons) are held at the coach’s stable, using the coach’s horses. We practice in small groups of two-four riders to give each rider appropriate time to be coached, while still remaining a team. All non-discipline activities are done as a team, including team meetings, which are held on Monday nights.
As a team we compete in both Hunt Seat and Stock Seat through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, known as the IHSA.
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association 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 be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. The IHSA has a strong emphasis on learning, sportsmanship, and, most importantly, having fun. Competition does play a role, but team spirit is a more dominating factor.
The objective of the IHSA competition is to offer the same opportunities to all riders, be it their first years of riding, or a rider with years of show experience. A unique factor of the IHSA is that riders do not have to own a horse to compete. Each show is hosted by a college or university that provides horses for all competing riders to use. By eliminating the expense of personally owning a horse, the IHSA places competitive riding within the reach of many who would otherwise be unable to participate in equestrian sports.
For more information visit the IHSA website