The Minnesota High School Equestrian Club Program was established in 2001 and grew out of a need to provide young equestrians of all levels and abilities with an opportunity to represent their high school in equestrian "team" competition. Until recently, equestrian sports were not recognized at the high school level. Equestrian sports have become increasingly popular at the collegiate level allowing for continued equestrian competition and scholarships. We hope our program educates and prepares high school equestrians for these opportunities. MHSEA members learn discipline and commitment through training. Through competition our members build positive character, self-confidence and strong leadership abilities. MHSEA teaches "Community Spirit through Volunteerism". Without the support of our community and volunteers, our program cannot exist.