Horseback riding, specifically competitive horseback riding, has receive a bad reputation from high competition costs. Regardless of discipline, the entry fees, trailering, equipment, stall fees, and coaching can add up in the blink of an eye.
This was the main reason that the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association was founded. Everyone knows what it's like to be a broke college student, and Bob Cacchione was one when he founded the organization as a student himself. In the 50 years of its existence, IHSA has grown immensely. It hosts hunt seat, western horsemanship, and reining divisions with a total of 416 registered teams and over 9,000 registered riders.
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association takes their mission a step further and gives participating students the opportunity to apply for scholarships and attend job fairs that focus on equestrian careers. Once you've been competitive as an IHSA team member, you're also qualified to become part of the organization's growing alumni population.
This is not the first time that Caracol Silver has participated in the IHSA National Finals. We return year after year because we believe in the fundamentals of learning, horsemanship, and celebrating in the shared love of equestrian sport. Our experience this weekend has been filled with fun and laughter. If you're anywhere near the Kentucky Horse Park, we'd love for you to join us!