Intercollegiate Listings

Equestrian College Riding Programs

Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) 

The following colleges and universities have Interscholastic Horse Shows Association teams.

Zone V, Region III

Clemson University,  SC
Coach:  Jamie  Rowland
Coastal Carolina University,  SC
Coach:  Kristina  grigg
College of Charleston,  SC
Coach:  Robert  Story
Converse College,  SC
Coach:  Suzanne  Russell
Furman University,  SC
Coach:  Leslie  Huffman
Georgia Southern University,  GA
Coach:  Eleanor  Ellis
Lander University,  SC
Coach:  Marianne  Bartley Lehman
University of South Carolina,  SC
Coach:  Angela  MacFawn
University of South Carolina Aiken,  SC
Coach:  John  Abbott
Wesleyan College,  GA
Coach:  Jessica  Denniston
Wofford College,  SC
Coach:  Jeanne  Smith

 

Clemson University

The Clemson Equestrian Team is a Club Sport at Clemson University that competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) (Zone V, Region III).  Riding within ISHA provides the opportunity for riders of all skills to compete individually and as a team. Clemson’s team competes in each level of Hunt Seat Equitation and Western Horsemanship.

Each new member completes a form and a tryout that establishes placement level, then as a rider wins ribbons and points during their IHSA career.  As they earn 36 points in their respective division, they qualify for post-season championship competition and move up through the divisions.

CUET is comprised of both the Hunt Seat (HS) and Western (W) teams. Members may complete a tryout for the HS and/or W team. Show Level Members are chosen to ride for a division of the IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association). Depending on eligibility and the coach’s discretion, the student may be chosen for two divisions.

CUET competes in Zone V Region III of the IHSA. We typically have 8 horse shows per year. At these shows, riders compete on horses provided by the host team. Riders are not given any time to warm up the horse before they show. All classes are judged on the rider’s ability, not the ability of the horse. The rider will compete for an individual placement in their class, and points from these rides will go towards our overall team placing at each show.

HS Divisions: Walk Trot, Beginner or Advanced Walk Trot Canter, Novice Flat, Novice O/F, Intermediate Flat, Intermediate O/F, Open Flat, Open O/F

W Divisions: Beginner Walk Jog, Intermediate Horsemanship (I or II), Novice Horsemanship, Advanced Horsemanship, Open Horsemanship, Open Reining

Show Level Member: Attends all meetings and club-associated events;  maintains a minimum 2.0 Semester GPA for the fall and spring semesters; must be a full-time Clemson University student for both semesters; and must attend weekly lessons and homework rides based on how many divisions the rider competes in.  These riders will be chosen to show on a show-by-show basis throughout the year based on participation in the club and performance in lessons.


Lander University

Founded in 2000, the Lander University Equestrian Team is open to all students regardless of academic major or horsemanship experience. Team members range from those with little to no riding experience, to those who have competed on regional and national levels. Each member is placed into classes according to their experience level.

Being involved on the Equestrian Team not only greatly improves your riding skills, it also makes you a better horse person overall. Team members can choose from two levels of participation: Club and Show Team.

Equestrian Club: A perfect fit for those who are unsure of how much time they can commit but would like to be part of the organization, learn more about horses and have opportunities to work with the university’s Therapeutic Riding Program.  Once dues are paid, members help out with hosting home events such as rodeos and shows, participate in team workouts, audit clinics and help with other club activities.

Equestrian Show Team: Being a part of the Show Team is a great way for those who wish to further their own riding skills in competition.  Both English and Western Competition are offered at Lander’s Equestrian Center.  After dues are paid, members will receive two mounted lessons per week, attend a weekly morning workout, participate in team meetings, fundraisers and help with basic horse care assignments.  Members also participate in on-site clinics taught by outside instructors and other team activities.

Show Team members must pay IHSA National dues ($40 for one discipline and $60 for both disciplines, annually).  Team members who compete on the Hunt Seat Team must also hold a current membership with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) for each year they compete in the IHSA.

Students must be able to provide their own clothes for lessons and competitions.  Members of the Show Team are also responsible for assisting with all events hosted by the Lander Equestrian Center, as well as those that promote the Equestrian Team/Club.

Please contact Coach Marianne Bartley Lehman if you would like to know more!  mbartleylehman@lander.edu


University of South Carolina – IHSA Equestrian Team

The University of South Carolina’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association has an equestrian team. We offer levels ranging from Walk/Trot to the Open level. Tryouts are held every fall and on occasion during the spring semester, and new riders are always encouraged to try out. Our team provides a productive and friendly horse show experience for equestrians of every level and background.

We ride at Three Fox Farm (Blythewood, SC, www.threefoxfarm.net ), under the training of Angela Macfawn and assistant trainers Teresa Macfawn and Jessica Lang. Horses are provided by the barn, and we have one lesson and one hack per week. There are also two team practices per semester that allow our riders to prepare for horse shows by creating a “mock” competition. We have a talented set of schooling horses that provide our riders with a wide range of obstacles and lessons to be learned.


University of South Carolina – Aiken

Membership is open to any full-time undergraduate student at USC Aiken who is currently in good standing with the university both academically and financially. Try-outs are required, and each new member is required to take a lesson before completing their membership to insure correct competition level placement. Once membership is completed, each competitor is required to participate in weekly riding lessons and compete in IHSA Zone 5, Region 3 competitions. For eligibility please visit the IHSA website at www.ihsainc.com.

US News and World Report has ranked the University of South Carolina Aiken for the past fifteen years as one of the top three Public Baccalaureate Colleges in the South.  Known for small class sizes, accessible faculty, and a diverse student body, the University with its equestrian opportunities is a perfect match for students who love horses and want to ride year round.


College of Charleston

The College of Charleston Women’s Equestrian Team became the first NCAA Division 1 team in 1991. The Cougars have competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association since 1983. The team is extremely competitive on a national level and is consistently ranked in the top 10 across the country. The team competes in IHSA Zone 5 Region 3.

For information about the College of Charleston Equestrian Team please contact Bob Story at 843-324-3335 or storyb@cofc.edu


Coastal Carolina University

The Coastal Carolina Equestrian Team is built on a passion for horses and traditional English riding skills. The team is proudly all-inclusive and we accept any level and background of riding.

The barn is located only 20 minutes north of Coastal Carolina, where lessons are offered once or twice a week on package deals. Our team of diverse horses and our experienced coach, Kristi Grigg, allows for a well-rounded riding experience.  We also hold strictly educational lessons where we go over the importance of horse basics including anatomy, tack identification, and basic care for the horses.

CCUET competes against rival schools in the Southeast including Clemson, USC, College of Charleston, and others in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. In 2016, we were named Club Sport of the Year at Coastal Carolina due to our dedication to strong relationships, hard work, and a sense of community.

We consistently hold fundraisers, participate in philanthropic endeavors, and host team bonding activities. Our goal is to create a safe space at the barn where students can overcome fear, bond with an animal, and make life-long friendships.


Wofford College

The Wofford Equestrian Team is part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). They compete against schools like Clemson, USC, Converse and College of Charleston in Hunt Seat Equitation. Jeanne Smith, of Clearview Farm in Landrum is the team’s head coach. Currently, there are sixteen members on the team, all of whom share a diverse set of riding level abilities. The team is open to anyone, both male and female, regardless of their riding ability. For more information, contact the team’s captain, Abby Umberger, at umbergerag@email.wofford.edu or the head coach, Jeanne Smith, at jascvf@yahoo.com. You can also visit the team’s official Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/woffordequestrian/


Furman University

We are a club sports organization at Furman University and compete in Zone 5, Region 3 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

You can also contact the team’s president, Rachel Keith, at rachel.keith@furman.edu.