ISSRA operates its shows similar to the World Cup. Each rider shows in an equitation rail class and a pattern class. Riders compete on the American Saddlebred, Morgan, Arabian, National Show Horse, and other trotting breeds of horses traditionally shown in saddle seat classes. Individual riders draw a horse for each class entered, and have minimal warm-up. Coaches select team point riders in each division prior to the first class, and those riders accumulate both team and individual points. Awards consist of a High Point Team, a Reserve High Point Team, High Point Rider, and Reserve High Point Rider–to both Senior and Junior riders–based on accumulated points.