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Riding Competitively at Sweet Briar College

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team

Tryouts: Third Week of the fall semester

Eligibility: All riders enrolled in a riding activity course and in good academic standing

Size of Team: Sixteen to twenty riders

Number of Competitions: Six to ten regular season shows

Post Season Opportunities: Regionals, Zones, and Nationals if the rider qualifies

College Support: Entry fees at all competitions, transportation to all competitions, lodging when needed

Field Team

Tryouts: Spring semester

Eligibility: Must be cantering courses at 2'9" or higher in the ring and the field with consistent performances and student must be in good academic standing


Size of Team: Maximum of six riders, no more than four may be mounted on Sweet Briar horses

Number of Competitions: Four to five hunter trials and hunter pace events

College Support: Entry fees at all competitions, horse and rider transportation

Hunter Show Team

Tryouts: Spring semester

Eligibility: Must have been showing successfully at 2'9" or higher during the fall semester and have met the SBC riding requirements for the Level 2 Rank and student must be in good academic standing

Size of Team: Maximum of eight riders, no more than four may be mounted on Sweet Briar horses

Number of Competitions: Three to four USEF A rated shows and three to four SWVHJA rated shows

College Support: Stalls and Bedding at three away horse shows, tack and grooming stalls, horse and rider transportation, lodging when needed, entry fees for all on-campus horse shows

Jumper Show Team

Tryouts: Spring semester

Eligibility: Must have been showing successfully at Level Three or higher during the fall semester and have met the SBC riding requirements for the Level 2 Rank and student must be in good academic standing

Size of Team: Maximum of six riders all mounted on their own horses

Number of Competitions: Three to four USEF A rated shows and three to four SWVHJA rated shows

College Support: Stalls and Bedding at three away horse shows, tack and grooming stalls, horse and rider transportation, lodging when needed, entry fees for all on-campus horse shows

American National Riding Commission (ANRC) and ODAC Team

Tryouts: Fall semester (fall equitrial is generally required)

Eligibility: Must be cantering courses at 2'9" or higher in the ring and the field with consistent performances and must meet the SBC riding requirements for the Level 2 Rank or Jumper Riding Level and student must be in good academic standing

Size of Team: Maximum of six riders, no more than four may be mounted on Sweet Briar horses

Number of Competitions: One USEF A rated show, three to four SWVHJA rated shows, the spring equitrial, the ODAC Championship horse show and ANRC Nationals

College Support: Stalls and Bedding at one away horse show, tack and grooming stalls, horse and rider transportation, lodging when needed, entry fees for all on-campus horse shows, entry fees and all other expenses for ODAC and ANRC Nationals.

Independent Competitors

Tryouts: Not applicable

Eligibility: First year students may compete off-campus with their instructor's permission during their first semester in the riding program. All other riders must have completed the SBC riding requirements for the Level 2 Rank or Jumper Riding Levels.

Number of Competitors: We will take all eligible riders that we can arrange shipping for

Number of Competitions: Three to four USEF A rated shows and three to four SWVHJA rated shows each semester.

College Support: Horse transportation, tack and grooming stalls if needed, lodging for shows more than 75 miles away from campus.