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|2012 Reserve National Champion in Individual Intermediate Horsemanship, Emily Kopko with Sampson.|
The MTSU Equestrian Team, proud to be 2003 Reserve National Western Champions, is comprised of over 90 members. Members range from those without previous riding experience to those who have competed nationally. We also welcome student of all majors, not just horse science majors.
The team competes in horse shows across the Southeast region of the United States in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association recognized shows. Riders compete in hunter seat equitation on the flat and over fences, western horsemanship and reining. MTSU provides all horses, tack and facilities for the equestrian team, but not all team activities are funded by the school. Our club continues to run due to our dedicated members.
Aside from competitions, the team offers many community service opportunities for members to help with organizations such as FFA and 4H. Also, there are plenty of social events for members to participate in such as tack cleaning parties, cook outs, team bonding activities, etc. Not to mention, MTSU's Eq team is home to many IHSA Academic Award Members, which is an award that goes to riders who keep a 3.5 or higher GPA.
Each member is required to pay $20 in club dues per semester. Lesson fees are $225 each semester. There are also annual IHSA dues for those wishing to show which are $40 for both seats and $30 for either JUST hunter seat or JUST western. Team meetings are held on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the Horse Science center and all members are highly encouraged to attend.
The Equestrian team is coached by Anne Brzezicki. Assistant coaches are former team riders Faye Lynn Coffey, Rachael Hunt and Jessica Schultz. To learn more about our coaches, please visit our coaches page.
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