WHAT TYPE OF RIDING DOES THE TEAM OFFER?
We ride english hunt seat under a national organization called the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. We are currently in Zone 4, Region 1.
DO I HAVE TO OWN A HORSE OR TACK?
No, lessons are taken on a horse belonging to our trainer, or one of the boarder's at our barn. Their tack is used as well. For shows, the team trailers in several of the lesson horses, and riders split the cost.
WHERE DO YOU LESSON AND HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO RIDE?
We ride out of Brookside Farms, located at 3317 Bailey Rd, Dacula, GA 30019, with Sarah Dubois. During the show season, one lesson per week is required of most riders. Team members who take lessons in another program may only have to ride every other week with our coach. Lessons are given seven days a week at a weekly time reserved for the rider. The drive to Brookside Farms is roughly 30 minutes, so carpooling with other riders in your lesson group is encouraged.
HOW LONG ARE LESSONS AND HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
Lessons are an hour in length and are $50 each. Riders need to arrive 30 minutes prior to lessons to allow time to groom and tack their horses. After riding, allow for an additional 20-30 minutes to cool down their horse and clean up.
HOW LONG IS THE SEASON?
Our season begins with a team clinic in August, which is when all riders must begin their lessons with our coach. The first show is usually in September or October, and shows will continue into January or February. The team and/or individual riders can qualify for Regionals, which is held in late February or March. Further post-season competition takes place in the following months.
WHERE ARE SHOWS HELD?
Typical show locations are within an hour drive of Suwanee. These locations include Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville, Wills Park in Alpharetta, and the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. We have occasionally ventured further, including Madison, GA and Greenville, SC.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL SHOW DAY LOOK LIKE?
Shows are held on Saturdays or Sundays. A show day is a long one, with riders usually arriving around 6:30 am to groom, feed, and warm-up the first group of horses. The Varsity Open and Varsity Intermediate divisions ride before the mid-show break. Following the break, the Junior Varsity Novice and Junior Varsity Beginner divisions ride. Team members are asked to stay for the entirety of the show to support teammates and share in duties. Most shows end between 2:00 and 5:00- riders will then need to stay until the trailer has been packed and horses have been loaded.
HOW MUCH DOES EACH SHOW COST?
An average show day cost is $130-$175. This includes fees for the use of the horses, coaching, and cost of the rider's classes. Each member rides in five regular-season shows to try to advance to Regionals.
WHAT OTHER COSTS CAN BE EXPECTED?
The first year on the team is the most expensive. There will be show attire and spirit wear to purchase. Most of this attire can last several years if properly cared for. Some show attire can be purchased from local tack consignment shops or team members who have outgrown their items. It is important that all attire is properly fitted, as judges do deduct points because of ill-fitting garments.
WHAT ATTIRE WILL BE NEEDED FOR SHOWS?
The uniform must be the standard team uniform. The coach approves fit of all items, and is able to help riders find appropriate attire. Show clothing must be clean, well cared for, and neat, as the judges expect a professional look. Riders must have the following:
- black show helmet
- white long-sleeved show shirt with collar
- black hunter show coat
- tan knee patch show breeches
- tall, black hunter show boots
- black leather gloves
- hair net matching the rider's hair color
- black show crop
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