Riders are placed in classes, which in the IHSA competition go from Walk-Trot to Open. Descriptions of the classes can be found below. On the day of the show, riders travel to the stable hosting the show. Once at the show, each rider is randomly assigned a horse for each class the rider is in. Riders then gather with the team to observe the horses being schooled and to determine the best way to ride each horse. Before the rider’s class begins, the rider is expected to find and mount the horse. The rider then shows and exits the ring. The rider is then expected to meet with our trainer, Farra to discuss the results of the ride. After the show is finished, all riders travel back to Bucknell as a team.
beginner level, on flat only; riders entering this class have had less than 24 weeks of instruction and have never competed in a competition requiring them to canter
on flat only; riders entering this class have not had more than 24 weeks of instruction and has never jumped over 18 inches in competition; riders point out of this division at 18 points
on flat only; riders entering this class have not jumped over 2’9 in competition
flat and fences classes; fences will be no greater than 2’9; riders entering this class have not jumped over 3′ and have not won more that 5 hunt seat competitions
flat and fences classes; fences will be no greater than 3′; riders entering this class have not won more than 10 hunt seat competitions and no more than 6 competitions over fences
flat and fences classes; fences will be no greater than 3’3; riders entering this class have won at least 10 hunt seat competitions and more than 6 competitions over fences
In all classes, except where noted, riders need 35 points in order to qualify for Regionals and point up to the next class. A first place is worth 7 points, a second place 5 points, and so on. No points are awarded for placings less than sixth place. Point totals for each rider are kept by the secretary of the team. It is possible to be placed in one division for fences and another division for flat. Division placement is all determined at the start of the season using an IHSA generated form.
The Bucknell Team is a member of Zone 3, Region 1. The other college and universities that are members of our region include Dickinson College, Franklin and Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Indiana University of PA, Juniata College, Lebanon Valley College, Millersville University, Penn State, Susquehanna University, Wilson College, and York College of PA. Please check out the IHSA site or Campus Equestrian Zone 3, Region 1 Updates for more information.
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