IDA Objectives

  • To provide students with an organized competitive experience
  • To provide students with educational experiences
  • To introduce non-dressage riders to the sport
  • To promote the IDA among universities, colleges, and high schools
  • To establish and enforce IDA rules and policies
  • Encouraging liaison other interested bodies
  • To establish and enforce IDA rules and policies
  • To evolve with the continuing progress of the sport
  • To maintain a governing body

IDA Code of Conduct

Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) members, including riders, coaches, officials, and volunteers must conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner, and are responsible for their actions in competitions, going to and from competitions, and while at areas hosting competitions. Members are responsible for adherence to IDA competition rules and procedures. In all equestrian sports the well being of the horse shall be above the demands of trainers, riders, owners, organizers, sponsors or officials. In the interests of the horse, the fitness and competence of the rider is essential. All riding and training methods must demonstrate respect for the horse as a living entity and may not include any techniques considered to be abusive or overtaxing of the horse’s ability or fitness.

NOTE: Anyone may approach the steward or show management to report violation(s) to the IDA Code of Conduct. Unsportsmanlike conduct may result in disqualification from an event, loss of points earned at the event and possibly prevent participation at future IDA events at the discretion of show management, show steward and/or IDA Board.

Intercollegiate Dressage Association's History

The Intercollegiate Dressage Association, IDA began in 1995 as an informal competition among a small group of colleges and secondary schools in the northeast.  Michelle Hoffman, who was a student at Mt. Holyoke during this time was the originator of the IDA concept. She personally drew up the basic structure for the team competition and the guidelines for calculation of team points, which, for the most part, are still in use today.

Johnson and Wales University, Mt Holyoke College, Ethel Walker School, Williston Academy, Stoneleigh Burnham School and Savannah School of Art and Design were all among the first school-sponsored programs seeking to develop dressage as a “team” sport. The rapid international growth of dressage inspired greater development within college and secondary school riding programs. This led to an increase in participation and interest in a more formally constructed national organization.

In the spring of 2001, the first eastern region finals were held at Virginia Intermont College. During the finals, representatives from numerous colleges and secondary schools met to approve by-laws, elect officers and create the structure for the organization that is dedicated to increasing interest and participation in competitive dressage at the college and secondary school level.

The organization began with a handful of college members and quickly grew to include riders from all over the US and Canada. In 2003, the IDA became a college only organization.

Our Mission

The mission of IDA is to introduce students to the equestrian discipline of dressage and to foster continued development, understanding and appreciation in the art of dressage through organized student competitions and educational opportunities. IDA’s main functions are to promote the sport of dressage and to establish and enforce IDA rules and policies.

At IDA shows collegiate riders in teams of four, compete at Introductory Level (Intro A & Intro B), Lower Training Level (Intro C & Training Level Test 1), Upper Training Level (Training Level Test 2 & 3), and First Level. Host colleges provide the horses used during competitions which adds to the challenge and sportsmanship of the competition. The IDA is divided into regions for the purpose of intercollegiate competition, and individual and team points are earned towards regional standings and qualification for national finals.

IDA is affiliated with the United States Dressage Federation and adheres closely to the US Equestrian Federation rules. IDA is funded by member dues, contributions and sponsorships.