The purpose of the Wilson College Dressage Team is to educate all members and others interested about the discipline of dressage through riding and other activities. Currently the team competes with other colleges and universities in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA). Throughout the year, all members are able to demonstrate their newfound knowledge and skills at Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) competitions and Wilson schooling shows. The team is made up of two groups; riding and non-riding members. Riding members are chosen to compete in IDA competitions based upon their skill. Non-riding members are the back-bone of the team, supporting its members at competitions and competing in home schooling shows.
Riding members are placed into practices and competitions based upon their level of skill which is determined by the coach along with the team captain at try-outs which are held at the beginning of every academic year in the fall. Practices are designed to help develop riders’ overall dressage skill and knowledge along with preparing for Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) competitions. This includes one-hour practices once a week riding different horses. Riders will perform different dressage tests and movements during practices allowing them to broaden their base of dressage.
Throughout the year members compete in Wilson schooling shows along with Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) competitions. The Wilson College Dressage Team competes in Region C of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association against other colleges and universities including Delaware Valley College, Centenary College, Cazenovia College, Cornell University, Rutgers University and Penn State University. As a team, Wilson travels to the college or university and uses the host school’s horses chosen through a lottery-type system.