The Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riding Association was founded in 2008 in an effort to provide college students the opportunity to continue their riding without the need to own their own horse and to promote the saddle seat discipline to new riders.
Since that time ISSRA has grown to include riders from schools across Kentucky.
ISSRA is looking to expand across the country, and would love involvement from other schools.
If you are a barn interested in coaching a team, and have a college or University nearby, please contact ISSRA President, Deveau Zubrod for more information about starting a team. dzubrod@gmail
ISSRA operates its shows similar to the World Cup. Each rider shows in an equitation rail class and a pattern class.
Riders compete on the American Saddlebred, Morgan, Arabian, National Show Horse and other trotting breeds of horses traditionally shown in saddle seat classes.
Individual riders draw a horse for each class entered, and have minimal warm-up.
Coaches select team point riders in each division prior to the first class and those riders accumulate both team and individual points.
Awards consist of a High Point Team, a Reserve High Point Team, High Point Rider and Reserve High Point Rider - to both Senior and Junior riders - based on accumulated points.
Each ISSRA coach places his/her riders in specified divisions based on show experience and a formal riding evaluation.
Senior riders compete in Open, Open Limit, Advanced, or Novice classes, while Junior riders compete in Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter (WTC), Beginner WT classes, or Intermediate WTC
Any undergraduate or graduate student with at a minimum of a 2.2 cumulative GPA enrolled full-time in a college or university is eligible to join the ISSRA as an individual member.
Riders that are not full-time students may still participate on a team, and accumulate individual points for year-end awards. However, they will not be able to acquired team points or be selected as a point rider for their team.
Alumni riders are also able to compete in their respective classes.
In 2018 ISSRA created a scholarship to be given to an undergraduate, full-time student participating on an ISSRA team. This scholarship is for $1500 and is applicable to the school of their choice. Please click on the application below. Applications for the 2019-2020 scholarship are due November 1st.