Teams & Competitions
Our competitive equestrian teams include:
- IHSA Hunt Seat Team
- IHSA Western Team
- IDA Dressage Team
- ICTA Intercollegiate Combined Training Association Club
- Jumper and Dressage Prix de Villes Competitions
- Dressage Derby of Ohio
- United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Hunter/Jumper Show Series
- United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) & USDF Dressage Show Series
Clubs which our students are active in include:
- Laddie’s Legacy Club
- Pre-Veterinary Club
English IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association)
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team for Lake Erie
College participates with other colleges in Hunt Seat Equitation competitions.
Riders draw for horses and compete on the flat or over fences. Since there is
no warm-up period for the rider on their chosen horse, IHSA competitions are a
true test of both equitation and horsemanship.Lake Erie College’s IHSA English national caliber team competes at an
average of 8 horse shows per year. The shows are hosted by teams in the region,
with many being held at either Lake Erie College or the University of Findlay.
A typical show will have over 175 competitors in divisions ranging from
Walk-Trot to Open Over Fences.
In the past three years Lake Erie College has had 7 National Finalists, with three riders who finished in the top ten. The team has also had the Regional High Point Cachionne Cup rider in 2010 and 2011. Seven riders qualified for zones in 2012.
The equestrian team has approximately 40 members. The focus for all riders is on honing their riding and competition skills, developing strong "catch riding” skills, and being a compassionate, thinking horse person.
Our team is comprised of riders who share a strong work ethic and a winning attitude.
Western IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association)
The Western IHSA team has weekly practices either at the school or
at a nearby farm. The team competes at western horse shows throughout the
school year in Horsemanship or Reining classes. We welcome new riders that want
to try the western discipline.
In 2012 and 2011, the team had 6 riders qualify for Regionals. In the last 6 years our team has sent riders to Regionals, Semi-finals and Nationals.
IDA (Intercollegiate Dressage Association)
As the 2011 Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Champion, the Lake Erie College Dressage team is continuing its winning tradition as a national powerhouse. The team consists of students from all levels of ability interested in learning more about the sport of dressage, including riding, training, and showing. Each team member practices weekly in preparation for shows hosted throughout Michigan and Ohio.
In 2012 the team placed 6th nationally and in 2009 the team placed seventh nationally out of the forty-two teams in IDA. The Lake Erie College IDA team was National Champion in 2005 and Reserve National Champion in 2006. Over the past several years Lake Erie College has sent four regional champions to compete individually.
ICTA (Intercollegiate Combined Training Association
The Intercollegiate Combined Training Association is a club designed for students wishing to focus on the sport of Eventing. ICTA practices in a group lesson format with their coach approximately once a week. Members may use either their personal horse or a college owned horse and equipment to practice and compete.
Members have the opportunity to go cross country schooling as well as travel and compete at various local 3-day events, combined tests, jumper and dressage shows. ICTA works throughout the year to manage and host clinics, combined tests, and jumper schooling shows at the College.
Laddie’s Legacy Club
This club is named for our founder, Laddie Andahazy, who promoted Lake Erie College, the Equestrian Program, and our fine horses. The Legacy Club assists with raising funds for the support of the Equine Studies Program.
Each year the club awards the Laddie’s Legacy Cup to the student who demonstrates great sportsmanship and dedication to the program. The award recipients school horses, model great sportsmanship, collaborate with all the clubs and teams, and help with show management.
Pre Veterinary Club
Lake Erie College has a club for students interested in veterinary medicine. Students tour area veterinary hospitals, share advice on veterinary college admission processes and attend conferences. The club assists students in planning the proper courses throughout their undergraduate years and utilizes alumni and upperclassmen experiences to better prepare students for their future in veterinary medicine
Equine Leadership Council
The Equine Leadership Council is composed of student-elected leaders from all areas of the Lake Erie College Equine Studies Department. The mission is to serve fellow equine studies students by acting as a liaison between students, faculty, staff and administration.
This group provides a forum for discussion about issues in the Equine Studies program. Equine Leadership Council is responsible for assisting in the planning for the State of the Equine Address, clean up day, Fun Night, Open Campus days and the Annual Recognition Dinner. They also hold class meetings and assist in preparation of promotional materials.