Camaraderie.

We give IHSA alumni the ability to continue to compete after college in a finals-like atmosphere  to reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and stay connected to collegiate riding. 

 
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Our Mission

The Alumni Tournament of Champions is a unique event in the riding world. We began this annual event in the summer of 2012 and invite anyone who has ever participated in collegiate riding to relive those memories. Our horse show invites riders from across the United States to compete in one day of competition for 14 championship titles in IHSA style Alumni competition. We offer both English and Western riding disciplines for collegiate alumni and graduating seniors.

As this is IHSA style riding, horses are provided for riders at the show. This allows riders from far away to travel to compete more affordably. This generates a strong pull of riders from all across the country.

 

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Our Partners:

We are incredibly honored to partner with some of the best companies in the equine world. We are seeking sponsorship for the horse show in a variety of ways. In return we offer:

  • Complimentary prize list advertisements,
  • Social media blasts,
  • Website recognition,
  • Show announcements,
  • Free vendor space,
  • Banners hung on show day (must be provided)
  • Space in rider goodie bags for any marketing materials
 

Our Programs

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We have 14 championship titles we award annually. Included in those are our cup classes. There are two phases of competition for each of four our cup classes and the combined scores plus additional testing crowns our champions. 

We pride ourselves in our rich show prizes. Ribbon winners go home with long beautiful ribbons and the best in sponsored prizes as well as champions are awarded with perpetual trophies for the year and silver to keep! 

In true IHSA style all horses are provided for riders. 

 

flat and fences classes

Current IHSA alumni can choose one fences and one flat class to compete in at ATOC. If space allows, cup riders may also enter regular classes two weeks before the close of entries. The flat and fences options are:

  • 2'3 fences
  • 2'6 fences
  • Alumni Flat
  • Advanced Flat

hunt seat reunion classes

IHSA alumni that are not currently showing as part of the IHSA are invited to compete in our reunion classes. We offer a reunion flat and 2'6 fences class. Reunion riders may also choose to participate in the 2'3 fences class.

Future and Alumni Cup Classes

Two phases of competition, either flat and fences or horsemanship and reining. Champagne is always presented to the champion!

Western horsemanship

We offer two horsemanship classes for IHSA alumni. You do not need to be currently showing in the IHSA to compete in these classes. Riders will work on the rail and compete in a pattern chosen by the judge. 

western reining

We also offer two reining classes for IHSA alumni. You do not need to be currently showing in the IHSA to compete in these classes. Riders will complete one of the IHSA approved reining patterns.

Team competition

Our team challenge encourages riders to form teams of 3 riders so that everyone riding whether they came alone or with friends has at least 2 other competitors cheering for them.

high score awards

Our high score award recognizes the efforts of active alumni competition throughout the year. Points from riders top 7 shows are combined and awards are provided to the top 6 alumni entered at ATOC. 

 
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ManeJane Alumni Cup winner 2017

“The ATOC is such a memorable and fun event. Not only is it a blast to compete, but it's great to meet new people and build friendships. In all of my competing years, I have yet to find a more rewarding show. The sponsors are top-notch and the prizes are hard to beat. The coveted Alumni cup sponsored by ManeJane has been a goal I have set my heart on and this year I was lucky enough to add my name to the past winners. It's always exciting to see the venue each year and to get to ride all the different horses. Lena and Jamie are exceptional managers and their vision of providing alumni with a show all their own, has really come to fruition.”

 

Tara Mathews, UCONN

 
 

Get Involved

Our annual horse show occurs each June. The prizelist is generally published in February and entries open March 1st and close in Mid May. If you have questions about any of our programs, please contact us

 

Join Us for our exhibitor parties

The night before ATOC is always a party! Please join us for complimentary food, beverages and awards. High Score awards are presented at the exhibitor party. Thank you to the IHSAA for sponsoring!

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Volunteer opportunities

We are always looking for help in planning the show or the day of! If you would like to be involved to help gather sponsors, develop social media or pitch in an extra hand for set up or awards, let us know!

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Make a Donation

We are incredibly honored to have the sponsors and incredible prizes for our riders that we do. If you're interested in donating prizes or sponsoring a class or amenity, we would be extremely grateful.

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