Equestrian

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Mercer Equestrian Club

The club is a student club sport organization for those interested in 1) learning about horses and horsemanship, 2) learning to ride a horse, 3) furthering their riding skills, and/or 4) participating in local and intercollegiate competitions. Meetings are held both on and off campus. On campus meetings consist are held in Duncan Lounge above the Cafeteria in Connell Student Center. Officers are elected early in Fall Semester. The Equestrian Club participates in campus events such as Bear Fair and Homecoming. Off campus, the Equestrian Club volunteers at local equestrian events and stables.

Mercer Equestrian Intercollegiate Team

The intercollegiate team is open to riders of all levels who are interested in intercollegiate hunt seat equitation are invited to join the Mercer Equestrian Team. Team riders are required to complete additional riding questionnaires and have a skill assessment lesson with the coach in order to be placed in the appropriate IHSA competition division. The Equestrian Club pays for entry fees and travel to competitions. Riders are required to be collegiate members of IHSA and USHJA. Collegiate competitions do not require riders to bring horses. Horses and tack are provided for all lessons and competitions. Appropriate show apparel must be approved by the coach with some apparel available through the coach or the Rider's Closet. The team is coached by Carole Burrowbridge, a certified USHJA trainer/instructor.

Requirements:

All club and team riders must complete a liability release for the club and stable before their first lesson. Heeled boots or tall riding boots and a helmet are necessary in order to ride and will need to be purchased or borrowed beforehand.*A limited number of partial scholarships for 4 riding lessons are available each semester. Beginner lessons at local stables start at $30 per lesson.Hunt seat equitation lessons for future or current competitive riders are approximately $600 per semester and are with a certified USHJA trainer or licensed USEF hunter judge. All lessons must be paid for in advance.Team riders must commit to a minimum of a weekly equitation lesson and be undergraduate students in good academic standing to represent Mercer at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) per Mercer and IHSA rules.

On Campus Club and Team Meetings:

10 am on designated Fridays in the Connell Student Center

Websites: Mercer Equestrian Club Group on Facebook

For more information contact Carole Burrowbridge at Burrowbrid_c@mercer.edu or at (478) 301-2778