WHAT? The Texas State Equestrian Team competes through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). The team rides and competes in hunt seat equitation both on the flat and over fences and also in Western Horsemanship which includes rail and pattern work. Each year the team competes at different horse shows within our region in which both the team and the individual may gain points towards competing at Regionals or Zone Finals. At IHSA competition, riders participate in a random draw from a pool of skill-matched horses. Competitors, go into the show ring with no warm-up on the horse that they have drawn. This is the epitomy of "catch riding". Riders are judged on their equitation and handling of the horse.
WHO? Any full time TxState student is welcome to join. Members do not need to own their own horse and only basic equipment is needed. Experience levels range from those who have never had the chance to take up riding but still have a love of horses and competition, to those who have successfully competed in upper level competitions. ALL disciplines are welcome and encouraged to join. The team provides a great social network as our season spans the entire school year, rather than just a semester. TxState also plans several social events throughout the year so everyone may get to know each other and create a bond of friendship and team competition.
WHERE? Members are required to take weekly riding lessons with our coach, Erin Givens, at Sterling Hunter Jumpers Riding Stable. Due to the nature of this competition, all members must ride with our team coach to ensure the success of our team. The stable is located just off of IH 35, about 20 minutes from campus.
WHEN? Lessons, practices, meetings and shows are held throughout Fall and Spring Semesters. Lessons may be continued through winter, spring and summer breaks. Members should expect to spend at least 3-5 hours each week participating in team activities. Most of our competitions require some length of travel. We generally leave on a Thursday afternoon and arrive back very late on Sundays.
WHY? * To grow as an equestrian
* Meet new people with shared interests
* Inform our community about the equestrian sport and horses!
* Opportunity to ride and train at a professional facility without having to have your own horse
* Represent our school
* Have FUN!