About the Team
The UBC Thunderbirds Equestrian Sport Club competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). We are part of Zone 8, Region 4 including Washington and Oregon where most of our competitions take place. UBC is one of only 7 Canadian Universities part of the IHSA, which consists of a total of 419 teams across North America. The Equestrian team is currently showing in the Hunt Seat sector of the IHSA. After having been to National Finals in 2016, we are looking forward to additional team results this coming season.
Showing in the IHSA allows riders to continue their passion for the Equestrian Sport in university. Since it is not always feasible to own a horse while at school, the IHSA supports the ability to show on provided horses, exemplifying equitation and rider abilities. Joining our team gives the opportunity to travel and build team relationships with other student riders, as we engage in team practices, activities, and of course, the shows. Sportsmanship is a huge part of the IHSA, and as a result we gain connections with many other students from a variety of universities.
The IHSA has 8 levels of hunt seat riding, from the Walk-Trot flat class to Open over fences. Since our show format is catch riding, (i.e. we do not get warm up time before our judged round or flat class, and usually have never ridden the horses before) we recommend some previous riding experience even for the lower divisions. The more practice riders are able to get on different horses, the better they will become at showing IHSA. Riders will be required to attend mandatory lessons and meetings, and should also organize their own additional riding practice. Riders will also be required to attend a minimum of two horse shows per year and are responsible for their own basic show attire: black tall boots, tan breeches, white show shirt, black or navy hunter show jacket, and black riding helmet.
- Imagine Day: Find us at the TSC Booth and at our UBC Equestrian AMS Club Booth or contatct us via email
- Equestrian Team General Information Meeting: September 13 (Location TBA)
- IHSA Evaluation Rides: October 1st
- Initial Team Fees $150 CAD includes:
- IHSA individual and team membership
- TSC Apparel
- Every show attended requires the following expenses (USD):
- Class fees: $30-40 per class (maximum two classes per day)
- Hotel Room: $30 to 50
- Gas money: roughly $20
- Ranges for Hotel and Gas money are dependent on the number of riders attending each show, as these costs are split between the group.
Athletes are required to take at least one lesson per term with our designated coaching team. This is mandatory before the beginning of our show season. The lesson will typically be about 45 minutes to 1 hour on a borrowed horse. Additional lessons are highly recommended, and may be taken with any coach. Our executives can help connect you to a riding coach in the Southlands area for additional lessons. We will also be hosting several IHSA theory nights in preparation for our show season.
- Regional shows in Washington/Oregon:
- October 22
- January 14th & 15th
- February 4th
- Regional Finals in Washingon/Oregon
- Late February
- Zone Finals at Stanford University
- Early April
- National Finals in Lexington, Kentucky
- Early May
In the 2015-2016 show season, two of our riders qualified to compete at both Zone and National Finals. Natalie Nahirney was the Regional High Point rider in the Open division, and represented Zone 8 Region 4 in the Cacchione Cup at Nationals, with a finish in the top 20. Claire Anderson qualified for Regional finals in the Intermediate Flat divison. She was Champion at Regionals, and proceeded to win Reserve Champion at both Zone 8 Finals, and National Finals.
UBC Equestrian was previously an AMS club with a competitive component. The AMS Club still exists as an equestrian community at UBC, but no longer contains the IHSA show team. The 2015-2016 season was the first year our team qualified for IHSA Regional finals, Zone finals, and National finals.
Levels of Competition:
Class 1: Walk-Trot Hunter Seat Equitation
Walk-Trot riders are those who have had no more than 24 weeks of instruction and who have not competed in a mounted competition which required them to canter. Diagonals will count.
Class 2: Walk-Trot-Canter Hunter Seat Equitation
2A: Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter
2B Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter
Eligible for class 2A are those who have had more than 24 weeks of instruction and who have not competed in a mounted competition that required them to jump more than eighteen inches. Leads and diagonals count. 2B riders have not competed in any over fences classes higher than three feet in any competition, nor competed in any recognized competitions.
Class 3: Novice Hunter Seat Equitation on the Flat
Those who have won no more than five Hunter Seat equitation classes on the flat in recognized competitions.
Class 4: Novice Hunter Seat Equitation over Fences
Novice riders over fences have won no more than six classes in any over fences class three feet (3’) or higher in recognized competitions. Riders must have had at least six months continuous professional instruction over fences within the past year. To be shown over six or more fences at least 2′ 3″ in height and not to exceed 2′ 9″, and including at least one change of direction.
Class 5: Intermediate Hunter Seat Equitation on the Flat
Intermediate riders on the flat are those who have won six to ten Hunter Seat equitation classes on the flat in recognized competitions.
Class 6: Intermediate Hunter Seat Equitation over Fences
Intermediate riders over fences have won no more than six classes in any over fences class three feet, six inches (3’6”) or higher in recognized competitions.To be shown over six or more fences at least 2′ 6″ in height and not to exceed 3′, including at least one change of direction.
Class 7: Open Hunter Seat Equitation on the Flat
Open riders on the flat are those who have won more than ten Hunter Seat equitation classes on the flat in recognized competitions.
Class 8: Open Hunter Seat Equitation over Fences
Open riders over fences are those who have won more than six classes in any over fences class three feet, six inches (3’6”) or higher in recognized competitions. To be shown over six or more fences at least 2′ 9″ in height and not to exceed 3′ 3″ in height and 3′ in width including at least one change of direction.