IHSA members are men and women who come from all walks of life.  The organization’s alumni are some of the most accomplished and interesting people in the equestrian world and beyond. They share the bond they built during their IHSA competition days. Here are some of their stories.

To share your IHSA story, fill out the submission form and email it with your high-resolution photos (see our IHSA Photo Guide) to media@ihsainc.com.


Bradley Waffa


I didn’t begin riding horses until my freshman year at Sewanee. I rode once in Arizona when I was like 5 years old. My parents plopped me on an old mare named Pepperoni READ MORE




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I started riding when I was four years old with Bradey Spragg at the Atlanta Hunt Club. I became involved with IHSA when I began my studies at Sewanee. Competing on the Sewanee IHSA team was undoubtedly a highlight of my time at Sewanee. READ MORE




Kristin Eklin


I started riding at the age of 12. Advancement from local Open shows to national Quarter Horse shows prompted my interest in competing at a collegiate level. My passion for horses led me to select a college that offered strong academic programs coupled with a competitive collegiate READ MORE




Courtney Schintzius


I began casually riding at the age of 10 and then got more seriously involved as a teen with my first show horse. I grew up mainly riding equitation and hunters with my first two horses on the local circuit in Florida. READ MORE




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I rode extensively before college, competing in dressage, eventing, hunters, jumpers, equitation and even a little Western. I also started young horses. I competed on the IHSA team as a freshman through my junior year. It was an amazing challenge as we never knew what we'd be riding. READ MORE




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I began riding at 7 or 8 years old at a local summer camp. I liked it so much I begged my parents to send me for an additional week, which led to taking lessons on a regular basis. My passion grew quickly and I soon wanted to ride more often than my one-a-week lessons. READ MORE




Amanda Starbuck


My riding experience before joining IHSA was quite extensive. I started riding at the age of two. I learned everything I knew prior to the IHSA from my mom, Janie Weber, who owns and manages Stepping Stone Farm in Ridgefield, Connecticut. READ MORE




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Prior to Goucher, I grew up riding at my family's property, Foxfield Riding School, in Westlake Village, California. Foxfield is known for helping start many top riders' careers, including Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. READ MORE




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I rode off and on as a child, mostly Western and in rodeo arenas or on trails. When I started lessons as a teenager in saddle seat. Throughout high school, I did mostly trail riding with my Saddlebred mare. READ MORE





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I started riding when I was 5 and rode mainly at lesson barns until I was in High School. I had never shown before I showed in my first IHSA WTC class my freshman year. READ MORE