Colby started their equestrian program in 1992. There are currently 372 member colleges with 8364 student competitors. The IHSA competitions provide full-time students with an interest in showing to participate without the expense of owning a horse. Students compete with students at their own level of experience. There are classes for beginners who have very little riding experience to open riders that have successfully competed in national competitions. Riders may compete in Hunt Seat and/or Western divisions. The riders compete for individual recognition as well as team competition.
The CCC show team competes as a member of Zone 8, Region 5. Our region includes Colorado College, Laramie County Community College, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, United States Air Force Academy, University of Colorado, and University of Wyoming. In 2013, the CCC Equestrian Team was recognized as the Regional Reserve High Point Western and Hunt Seat Team. The individual zone champions from our zone were recognized as the Zone All Star Team in Western Horsemanship. The regional shows are held in Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming, with post-season competitions all across the United States -- truly a traveling team!
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) was established in 1967.
The IHSA 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. Emphasis is on learning, sportsmanship, and fun. Competition plays a role but the students’ enthusiasm and team spirit are the major factors. The objective of IHSA competition is to offer the opportunity to riders in their first years of riding as well as to students with show experience. Eliminating the expense of shipping or even owning horses puts IHSA competitions within reach of many who would otherwise miss the equestrian experience. (Information courtesy of ihsainc.com)
Every year new members join the show team to have fun, advance their riding skills, make new friends and much more. Shanda Mattix is coach of the Colby Community College Horse Show Team and can be contacted for information about joining, scholarships, classes and Colby's team.