Transylvania University was founded in 1780, the first college West of the Allegheny mountains and the 19th oldest in the nation. The Eventing team was founded at the University as a varsity sport in the Fall of 2012. Transylvania University, lovingly referred to as simply “Transy”, is a small private liberal arts college in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky. The school is situated in downtown Lexington, minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park and a 25-30 minute drive to Three Day Farm, the home base for Transy’s eventing team in the rolling blue hills of Midway, Kentucky.
Founded in 2015, Randolph-Macon College’s eventing program is growing by leaps and bounds—so much so that the college recently purchased Coventry Farm, which boasts 70 acres of pasture, has space for 33 horses and includes an indoor riding arena. Dana Lesesne, director of the equestrian program, says the farm offers riders a top-quality facility in a beautiful setting.
Eventing at NC State was founded in 2016 with the intent of becoming a competitive collegiate team and is currently the only intercollegiate eventing team in North Carolina. Our main goal is to aid students in obtaining a higher level of education while continuing to event as part of a team. Currently our team has 15 active undergraduate members as well as five alumni members competing in levels Maiden through Training. Our riders come from all different backgrounds; some were raised in eventing barns, others rode western or hunter, and a few just started eventing when they joined the team.
Eventing at Virginia Tech was founded by a small group of ambitious students in 2015, hopeful to bring eventing into the already-established equestrian world at Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is most well-known for its close-knit campus and making everyone feel a part of the Hokie community. We strive to create a loving team atmosphere and work to help each other in riding and balancing school responsibilities. Our greatest strength lies in the support system of team members, whether we compete or just want to be around other horse-loving people. Members frequently have movie nights, team dinners, meetings, and ride together.
The USEA is accepting expressions of interest from potential host sites of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championship for two-to-three years, beginning in 2019.
Host site(s) should; be attractive and presentable venues, host recognized USEA/USEF eventing competitions, offer at a minimum Beginner Novice through Intermediate levels, have consistently good footing, have the ability to promote to and accommodate spectators, in addition to implementing a media plan with demonstrated ability to successfully work with local media. The USEA strives to have the Championship serve as a pipeline to success for college riders climbing the levels of the sport and the competition should offer a unique and memorable atmosphere for the collegiate competitors.
My name is Paige Thompson and I am the President of the University of Louisville Eventing Team. We are a fairly new team, having just gotten started last spring. We currently have eight members who compete at different levels ranging from Beginner Novice up to Preliminary.
We competed in our first Intercollegiate Challenge last September at Jump Start Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park. Our members, Ashely, Mattie, Kaileigh, and myself placed individually in our respective divisions which led to us bringing home first place as a team in the Intercollegiate Challenge!
The University of Kentucky Dressage and Eventing Team has been a club team for about 10 years now and was founded in 2008. Our team members consist of dressage riders and eventers ranging from noncompeting to the Intermediate/two-star level. The team has grown tremendously over the years. Currently, we have about 60 members.
We have members from all over the country from California to New Jersey. Our members are coached by whomever they wish to be coached by. Lexington is such an ideal place because we have so many great coaches in the area including Cathy Wieschhoff, Allie Knowles, and Clark Montgomery, just to name a few.
Tigers, Cavaliers, Wildcats, Reveilles, and Horned Frogs will all come out to play at the Intercollegiate Eventing Championship at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) CCI/CIC, May 24-27, 2018. Whether you bleed blue or use the “Roll Tide” rallying cry, there’s a school for everyone to stand behind at the third annual highly-anticipated Championship.
The University of Findlay has a very active eventing program. The University of Findlay offers eventing as part of their Equine Studies college curriculum. Students get college credit for eventing! The Equine Studies program consists of classes at the James L. Childs English Riding facility and on campus. Some of the campus classes include reproduction, nutrition, physiology, judging, equine law, marketing, and barn management.
The program began in the fall semester of 2013. The collegiate eventing team at the University of Findlay has 23 members, and there are about that same number of students in the eventing program.
Founded in 2016, the Sewanee Eventing Team is comprised of nine members and lead by coach Karine Gordy. Located on a 13,000 acre campus, Sewanee's equestrian facility is equipped with outdoor and indoor arenas, a 32-stall school barn and a 16-stall boarder barn with heated wash racks, laundry facilities, and tack rooms, as well as sizable paddocks and extensive trails.
From left to right: Team members Isabelle Gordy, Charlotte Holden, Anna Duggan, Sean Heffron, Carter Ware, and Kelsey Bell at Walnut Trace Farm in Nashville competing in a dressage show, September 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Sewanee Eventing Team.
It may be the start of the new year, but for many college students January marks the halfway point in their academic year and for collegiate eventers it’s just a few short months until the third annual USEA Intercollegiate Championship will take place at the Virginia Horse Trials, May 24-27, 2018.