The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) was started approximately 10 years ago as a way to provide collegiate equestrians an opportunity to compete in dressage at the college level. A "hosting school" provides visiting teams horses to compete on. Each school participates in a random draw of horses, and riders are then given 10 minutes to warm up their horse and enter the ring to perform a test. Teams consist of four riders, one at each of four levels: intro, lower training, upper training and first level.
Averett is a member of Region I and attends approximately six to seven shows per year. The team has been quite successful. It was ranked fourth in the nation in 2008 and was home to the Lower Training Level Individual National Champion in 2009. The University's horses, Baron and Dan, have both been voted IDA Horse of the Year by the riders in the team's region.
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) provides collegiate riders of all skills the opportunity to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition. It was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her riding ability or financial status.
The Averett University team was started in the fall of 2010 and competes in Zone 5, Region 4 against 12 other colleges and universities. Students have qualified for Regional and Zone finals the past two years, with two riders finishing in the top 5 in the Zone in 2012. The team welcomes riders of all experience and backgrounds.