During the academic year our Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Riding Teams and our Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team participate in a number of intercollegiate competitions. The IHSA riders compete in hunter seat and/or western shows up to 10 times per school year before moving on to Regionals, Zones and Nationals. Additionally, the team sends riders to one or more tournaments each season to experience competition outside the region.
At the 2002 National Championships, which Cazenovia College hosted at its Equine Center, the Hunter Seat team finished as National Reserve Champions and our riders earned two National Championships and two National Reserve Championships. Cazenovia College has continued the winning tradition with multiple national awards since that time, including the 2007 Open Western Horsemanship National Champion, 2007 fourth place National Hunter Seat Team and 2009 Open Hunter Seat on the Flat National Champion.
Competitions are organized for both Hunter Seat and Western riders, at different proficiency levels. Everyone, from the least to the most experienced rider, has an opportunity to compete and excel. The Dressage Team competes under the auspices of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA). They too were invited to compete at the national level every year from 2002 to the present, and have won National Champion and Reserve National Champion titles. The College was proud to host the IDA National Championship in 2004 becoming the first college to have hosted both the IHSA and the IDA National Championships.
Positions on all teams are by competitive tryouts that are scheduled at various times throughout the year. Incoming students who are interested in any team positions are urged to discuss this with the admissions counselors in order to obtain information about try out dates.
The Equine Ambassadors Club is also available to all interested students on campus. The club functions as an educational, social, and service organization with a variety of activities throughout the year.