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  • IHSA cost per semster** see post #20

    so my daughter's IHSA team is increasing their "dues" for next semester... not including travel, shows, trainer fee day of show, just lesson (1x per week and a hack ride). just curious what everyone is paying...BTW it is a club at her school, so school pays nothing towards the club...also not including registration fee to IHSA
    Last edited by mothermucker12; Apr. 1, 2009, 08:12 AM.

  • #2
    Thank god for being fully funded. My school required us only to pay the $35 (or whatever) IHSA registration fee, plus costs of lessons which were included in school credits...

    (and we never paid travel, show fees, trainer, anything)


    • #3
      I was one of the founding members of the team at UCLA and we didn't receive any funding either. We had to make the girls pay for everything, including carpooling costs, lesson costs, show costs, etc. If we were able to fund raise then we would use that money to help offset costs. We were pretty lenient regarding lessons and let people ride where they wanted to. Shows fees were $35-$40/class - max anyone could ride was 2 classes per day.

      It was kind of a bummer financially but still a lot cheaper than regular showing. Putting on shows was stressful but fun overall.


      • #4
        I paid $15 to register with my school's club sports organization, the IHSA member fee, and $50 "team dues" for the year (this goes towards a sweet T-shirt that says "UCLA Equestrian" and reimbursement for the drivers' gas). But, we do not have a coach or organized team lessons. We kind of just show up at the shows and have fun!


        • #5
          $30 to register with the IHSA. Lesson fees ($350 for 10) only if you can afford them, otherwise school covers all or part of the cost. Shows are paid for. I guess gas can add up a bit, but other riders and/or the team funds usually chip in for that. No team dues. As a club team, we're very lucky to have such a supportive student senate.


          • #6
            When I was captain of my team, we charged $250 per semester for one group lesson per week, plus you had to pay your own IHSA dues. If you wanted two lessons per week, you paid double. If you wanted to hack, you arranged that directly with the trainer and paid her directly. The small yearly stipend from the school covered show expenses and coaching at the shows. Our fundraisers covered gas for the drivers, and the occasional van rental.


            • #7
              We have to fundraise $100 a semester... this can include parental donations to the team, selling team apparel, etc. We also pay $30/class at shows. It used to be $22 but they upped it last semester . Lessons are $400 for a package of 8 and hacks are $15 each. While we are a club, we do get some funding fromt the Student Senate which we use for coaching fees and travel costs. If you are a driver for lessons, you pay $350. If you attend all of the horse shows, even as a spectator, you get a $75 refund at the end of the semester.


              • Original Poster

                the trainer is not there for the hack rides, they are just expected to go and hack the horses once a week...the barn is 20 minutes away


                • #9
                  We pay $40 a lesson and our IHSA dues which I think are around $30/year. We are only required to take a lesson the week before the show (as long as we ride at least once a week somewhere else) but most of us take a lesson once a week anyway. We are also responsible for paying club dues which is about $10/year. Our club pays for everything else including entry and hotel fees as well as gas money for anyone who drives to the show.

                  We have a very small team, only around five riders at each show!


                  • Original Poster

                    also i'm curious how long ago you guys paid your ammounts...
                    I'll let you know what they are asking when a few more people chime in...


                    • #11
                      It is a varsity sport where I went to college, so the school funded everything--we had a bus to get to shows, lessons paid for, IHSA dues paid for, etc. They were talking about implementing a fee for this year, but we fought it because we didn't feel it was fair to charge a varsity sport a fee, especially at a DIII school (where none of the sports are revenue-raisers). Apparently since it is an NCAA emerging sport, schools are allowed to charge a fee even if it is considered a varsity sport there.


                      • #12
                        When I was in school (10 yrs ago now!), our team was a club sport with minimal funding from the school. We didn't have "dues" per say, but we did have to pay for everything. A average quarter would include the following costs:
                        * IHSA membership (once a year-Fall; it's now $30-40 per year)
                        * 1+ lesson a week (at your choice of barns - averaging about $40 a lesson)
                        * All IHSA horse show fees (at the time, $20 per class, with an average of 2 classes a day, 3-5 shows a month)
                        * All travel fees (gas, hotel room share, food, etc)
                        We also had to cover other stuff like Team Sweatshirts, etc.
                        We did do some fundraising, which paid for our yearly Team Membership ($150/school/yr) and other travel expenses (to Regionals, Zones, Nat'ls, etc).

                        Recently, I've helped a local IHSA team - also a club sport. They charge dues: $150/quarter for "team" competing members, $50 for "club" non-competing members. Dues pay for:
                        * Team sweatshirt - team and club
                        * Other team events (local hang out time, group trail rides, etc) - team and club
                        * IHSA memberships (individual + team) - if "team" competing member
                        * A few IHSA horse show classes - "team" member
                        * Some show travel fees - "team" member
                        Dues do not cover any lessons (school does not have horses). They also do some fundraising to make addt'l $$ to help with team and "club" expenses.


                        • #13
                          i think it usually depends on the school, because ive seen different costs for different schools i'm thinking of applying to. it probably has a lot to do with how highly ranked the schools team is, because the better the team, the better their trainer and training facility is, most likely--which means more expensive.

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                          • #14
                            I think I paid $575 this semester and we're required to fundraise on top of that. I can't remember if that covered the IHSA membership fee or not. That includes 1 lesson per week, horseshows, and transportation.


                            • #15
                              Last semester I paid $350 (or maybe $300?), this semester was $150, we're trying to get it eliminated completely. We're varsity, so the school funds pretty much everything.


                              • #16
                                IHSA fee ($30? $35?)
                                Lesson package ~$16 per lesson in 8 or 12 week packages
                                Fundraising-$100 nonshowing members, $125 for show team members, if you don't fundraise it you pay out of pocket
                                Show ads-$60 or pay out of pocket
                                Class fees at shows-currently $24/class, anticipating an increase soon
                                Club Membership-I forget how much, something under $30

                                all transportation
                                coaching at shows
                                hotels for overnight shows
                                formal (must pay for any dates)
                                team-owned show clothes, tall boots, helmets
                                team-owned schooling helmets and boots (really only used by beginners)
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by joiedevie99 View Post
                                  When I was captain of my team, we charged $250 per semester for one group lesson per week, plus you had to pay your own IHSA dues. If you wanted two lessons per week, you paid double. If you wanted to hack, you arranged that directly with the trainer and paid her directly. The small yearly stipend from the school covered show expenses and coaching at the shows. Our fundraisers covered gas for the drivers, and the occasional van rental.
                                  Mine, pasted above, was around 2004. The trainer was not there for our hacks either, and barn was 25-30 minutes away. Everyone had to take 1 lesson per week to show. Two was encouraged for intermediate and open riders, but no one was required to take two lessons. Several people either half leased at the barn, or worked out agreements to hack private horses occasionally- but those had nothing to do with the team so I know nothing about the financials there.


                                  • #18
                                    It varies a LOT. I graduated in 2002 from a school that did IHSA as a club sport; I was president of the team for 4 years and we had to significantly increase dues during that time. We required 2 lessons per week to show, and also offered a 1x per week option for students who wanted to ride but not compete IHSA. We also had several members who paid $15 for the year and did not ride at all, but supported the team. We basically charged the cost of lessons for the number of weeks offered, and fundraised the rest of our costs. Generally, it was $600-800 in the fall semester, and $400-700 in the spring semester. We started lessons about two weeks before the first show, and continued through the final show. It's not a cheap sport, and unfortunately it's difficult as a club sport to raise sufficient funds to make it affordable and be competitive. We did get about $2000/year from the school club sports fund--allocations were voted by the presidents of each club, and our other club sports were very understanding of our high expenses and voted accordingly. One thing your daughter's team might want to consider--we began hosting IHSA shows (as well as schooling shows as fundraisers). They are a nightmare to put on, and they do require the availability of quite a few horses, BUT they do make money. By the time I graduated, we were running on about a $15K annual budget, with a nice cushion in the bank. We did a lot of fundraising to get there, but it can be done.


                                    • #19
                                      I'm still in the IHSA at a D3 school and we pay the $30 annual dues, $550 a semester for 2 lessons a week and we have a big fundraiser in the fall that every team member has to donate something to a silent auction over parents weekend.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Ok, ready for this.......last semster $850.....next semester $1000!!!! Personally I think that's rediculous! and that's just for 1 lesson a week...even at the top barns in my area we would only pay $35 for a group lesson and maybe $10 extra if you used their horses!! My daughter said that the trainer wants to make more money and they need to pay for some of the cost for the care of the horses . Now this is a large school, with a very good NCAA team...can't wait to see what they are going to ask by the time she's a senior!! BTW she's finishing her freshman year..