The mission of the Equestrian Club is to develops students’ confidence and skill in horsemanship and riding technique. The Equestrian Club gives students the opportunity to practice and/or compete with the Hunt Seat and Western team in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) shows. We have cultivated a team that recognizes the importance of academic and on-campus achievements as well as the benefits of learning and spending time with horses.
The Hillsdale College Equestrian Team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
Equestrian Club members learn about riding and compete against other IHSA-recognized universities and colleges at regional, zone, and national levels. Members ride a variety of horses at the level for which they are qualified in the following disciplines: Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunt Seat Equitation over fences, Western Horsemanship, and Reining.
The Equestrian Club competes in 2-3 shows each semester as well as the possibility of scoring high enough to go to Regionals. We have three trainers at the barn, from whom we take lessons on different horses throughout the year to prepare us for the random draws at the shows.
You must take 8 lessons each semester. You do not need to own a horse in order to compete or practice with the team. Also, there are lots of options for buying inexpensive or free used show clothes.
Since this is a team sport, members are expected to practice and compete professionally while supporting teammates and competitors with good sportsmanship.