Welcome to
Michigan State University's
Equestrian Team


2010-2011 Equestrian Team Tryouts:

2010-2011 Stock Team

2010-2011 Hunt Team

There will be a mandatory team meeting for the Hunt Team Monday, September 20 at 7:00 pm in 1240 Anthony Hall.

Congratulations to the MSU Equestrian Team for capturing the Zone 6 Region 4 High Point Hunt Seat

Congratulations to Austin Crawley for being High Point Stock Rider for the region, he attended Nationals to compete for the AQHA cup, and did a fantastic job representing MSU.

Congratulations to Sami Jo who was the Reserve High Point Rider for the region

Congratulations to Lauren Major - Top Ten at Nationals in Intermediate Equitation over fences.

What is the MSUET

The MSU Equestrian Team was formed in 1982 by a small group of MSU students.The purpose of the Team was to meet other students interested in equine activities and to compete at horse shows sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Horse ShowsAssociation (IHSA).   Read more about the history of the team.

MSUET is split into a Hunt Seat team and a Stock Seat team, with about 20 riders on each team.  Riders are placed into a particular division according to their riding skill level and show experience.

Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association

The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) has a nation-wide membership of 315 Colleges and Universities.  Students who do well at IHSA shows can qualify for regional and national championship competitions.  MSU belongs to Zone 6, Region 3 of the IHSA, as do Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Otterbein College, Saginaw Valley State University, The University of Findlay, The University of Michigan, and Western Michigan University.  The college or university that is hosting a competition provides horses.  See the Calendar link for the IHSA show schedule for MSU.

Requirements and Responsibilities for Team Members

The IHSA requires that team members meet certain criteria, and there are many responsibilities a team member will have. 

How to Tryout for the Team

Tryouts for the team are held once per year in the Fall. 

Team Practice Sessions

The teams will practice on alternate weeks at the respective locations.  Practices will most likely continue to be on alternate weeks, but details are still being worked out. Team members in Reining or Jumping classes are required to have at least one lesson per month with a professional jumping or reining instructor (MSU horses do not jump or do reining).  A diary of the lessons should be kept and given to the MSUET coach for review on a regular basis.