Okay people, I have a series of questions! I’m a freshman entering into my sophomore year this upcoming school year. I ride in the hunters and eq with emphasis on the equitation. I’m planning on doing the Maclays next year (we’ll see how that goes :eek:). I was wondering a few things.
- Is IEA worth the time/price/commitment to get the experience of riding different horses?
- Does IEA make a difference if I want to ride in college?
- NCAA or IHSA in college?
Thanks so much for your time![/QUOTE]
I never rode IEA so I can’t comment on the first one. As for two, what you do in IEA might affect what level you would come on to an IHSA team as. In general, it is better to come in to the lowest level possible so you are as competitive as possible. A person who would do okay in novice might do really well in w/t/c and therefore try to save their eligibility for w/t/c if they know they are definitely doing IHSA. However, a team might also have a ton of w/t/c riders and really need a novice rider so it just depends on the school. So IEA would only maybe affect what level of IHSA you would be.
As for IHSA versus NCAA, I get the feeling its more what you can get in to and what your choice school has. NCAA is very selective and if you are doing IEA you are not doing the height/circuit that is going to get you recruited. As far as quality of IHSA, it completely depends on the school. Schools like Centenary and St. Lawrence have very intense riding teams and programs, while otherwise school have high quality but less intense programs. And then others have some not so great programs. Quality of IHSA teams is more reflective on the school and the region than the IHSA itself, imho.