1. How do I join the team?
We hold try-outs in the fall. Come find us at ASU's annual ASU's Passport on the Tempe Campus and Downtown or contact us directly to set up a try-out time and date. We invite all levels of riders to tryout for the team. We have two different teams - the Varsity team and the Junior Varsity team - which allow girls of all experience and financial status to join.
2. How much does it cost?
The team is split into two different groups - the Varsity team and the Junior Varsity team - in order to accommodate more people and their budgets. The dues may change depending on how much funding we receive from ASU. The dues can be paid in payments if needed and cover a variety of things. The team dues for the show team cover all show expenses including entree fees, hotel fees, and transportation. The team dues for the recreational team cover local team events. Lessons are $35 each and we require show team members to lesson weekly and rec team members to lesson bi-weekly. The lesson dues are based on the number of weeks in our competitive season, but members can always lesson more than the minimum. Email for the exact amount or come to the first meeting!
3. Do I need my own horse or Equipment?
We provide all lesson and show horses and basic equipment including saddles and bridles. Most riders will need their own riding breeches and boots (there are lesson helmets if needed). Varisty team riders will need their own breeches, boots, gloves, and show apparel, although we can sometimes loan girls specific items if needed. If you have your own horse or equipment you will be welcome to bring them - please contact us for more information about boarding, etc.
4. How does IHSA work?
Many refer to IHSA showing as "catch riding". The show is divided into division based on the rider's ability and competition experience. You draw a number which is assigned to a particular horse. You are allowed to watch the horses warm up before the draw takes place and take notes to reference later. There is no individual warm up allowed for over fences or flat classes. This style allows for an even playing field and offers the riders an opportunity to demonstrate their horsemanship and ability to ride any type of horse.
5. Are there other ways to get involved with the team?
We are often looking for volunteers and donations to help us with hosting and funding team events and shows, so please contact us if you are interested in helping out!
6. Are there any scholarships available for riders?
Visit www.ihsainc.com for more information!
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