Our Mission

The IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional, zone, and national levels.

The association was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Emphasis is on learning, sportsmanship, and fun. Competition plays a role but the students’ enthusiasm and team spirit are the major factors. The objective of IHSA competition is to offer the opportunity to riders in their first years of riding as well as to students with show experience. Eliminating the expense of shipping or even owning horses puts IHSA competitions within reach of many who would otherwise miss the equestrian experience.

Bob Cacchione, Executive Director and founder of the IHSA (center) with Tom Bishop, Director at Large Emeritus (left) and George Lukemire, 2nd Vice President (right) at the IHSA 50 th Anniversary Celebration Event, January 2017.

Since 2011, the IHSA, along with its founder and executive director, Robert E. Cacchione, have been awarded:
  • American Horse Publications Equine Industry Vision Award
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Centenary College
  • Equine Social Media Awards FEI Solidarity Award finalist
  • USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award
  • US Hunter Jumper Association Presidents Distinguished Service Award