We particularly encourage less experienced riders to consider becoming part of the team. IHSA shows are fun and exciting, with competition at a range of levels from beginner (walk/trot) through experienced (open). Because points are awarded equally for place finishes at all levels, this is truly a sport where every member can make a difference for the team.
Equestrian Team members do not need to have a horse in order to compete; in fact, IHSA rules require the host team to provide all the horses for the competition.
Our training facility is Stillmeadows Farm. Stillmeadows is owned by Sulu and Derek Reed, both of whom are nationally recognized Grand Prix level riders. They are assisted by Tracey Harmon, an accomplished rider who has managed barns for some of the best riders in the country. Stillmeadows is located approximately eight miles from RMC's campus and offers two large, lighted outdoor arenas, as well as a beautiful indoor arena, several barns for boarders and ample turnout.
Members of the R-MC Equestrian Team commit to a minimum of ten riding lessons per semester with trainer Jessica Straus at Haverhill and agree to participate in all horse shows and team activities to the best of their abilities.
Lesson fees are $425 per semester for ten lessons. (Additional lessons may be arranged directly with Haverhill.) In addition, each team member pays IHSA dues (currently $30).
The college provides transportation to shows and pays the team’s travel costs and show entry fees.
The IHSA seeks to make equestrian competition available to any college student, without regard to the student’s financial resources, riding level, or show experience. At IHSA events, all competitors ride horses provided by the host college, and riders choose their horses by drawing lots. The IHSA notes, “The theory behind this structure is to equalize variables of the competition and test the horsemanship of the contestants.”
At IHSA Division I shows, students are able to compete in hunt seat equitation both on the flat and over fences.