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Join a Team

For complete information about NHHSET and how to get involved through your school, refer to the official NHHSET Rulebook.


Start A Team


Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I sign up for my school team?

Contact your school team advisor for information about eligibility requirements and registration procedures. Teams often hold an information night during the fall for prospective members and their parents. 

Do I need to have any riding experience to join my school team?

Students may join as “competing” or “non-competing (spirit)” team members. Contact your school team advisor for information about competition readiness and class suitability.

Do I need to own my own horse to compete on my school’s equestrian team?

Athletes are required to make personal arrangements for use of equines and trailering of said equines to NHHSET events. Contact your school team advisor for more information.

How much does it cost?

There is an annual participation fee established each year prior to the start of the season (listed in the rule book) Teams may offer fundraising opportunities and students should discuss the annual participation fee with the team's advisor.

Do I need to purchase insurance in order to participate?

Each student athlete must supply his/her own
health/accident insurance.

Do I need to get documentation for my horse in order
to participate?

Teams must have Coggins and Rabies certifications on file for each participating equine.

Am I responsible for my own transportation to and from meets?

Athletes are responsible for their own transportation as well as the transportation of their equines to and from NHHSET events.


Is there a team uniform? Do I have to buy special riding clothes?

Riders are required to wear the following attire at NHHSET meets:

  1. Coordinated team shirt/jacket/vest.

  2. Regulation helmet properly adjusted

  3. Western style pants, breeches or jodhpurs.

  4. Western, hunt, paddock or jodhpur boots.

Do my parents have to be with me when I ride my horse at NHHSET events?

No. However, parents are expected to volunteer at a minimum of one meet. There must be one adult in attendance for every 7 students at any NHHSET team practice.

What if my school does not have a team?

You should contact your school administration to inquire if there could be a team. Contact the state board and they can help you co-op into an existing team.

If you are interested in starting a team for the 2022-2023 school year, here's what you need to do:

  1. Download and read through the NHHSET Rulebook.

  2. Find an adult at school to be the team’s advisor. Review the team advisor job description in the NHHSET Rulebook.

  3. Check with your school Administrator and Athletic Director to see if the school will support an equestrian team.

  4. Obtain the signature of your Administrator stating that your team can use your school's name. This may require a presentation to your local School Board.

  5. Contact the State chair and ask to attend the next district meeting.

  6. Notify the State Board secretary by September 2022 of your school's intent to participate in the upcoming NHHSET season. 

  7. Obtain and submit all required endorsements to NHHSET as per the rulebook. (Contact the state board for deadlines!)

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