THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
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ABOUT IHSA

Our team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).  

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association consists of a Western and an English division. The team only competes in the English division. Within the English competition are different experience levels, organized from most advanced to least advanced.

IHSA English Classes:

  • Open Fences/Flat

  • Intermediate Fences/Flat

  • Novice Fences/Flat

  • Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter

  • Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter

  • Walk/Trot

 

In keeping with traditional equestrian competition, in which men and women compete together on equal ground, IHSA equestrian competition is a co-ed sport and does not discriminate based on gender.

At IHSA competition, riders participate in a random draw from a pool of skill-matched horses. Competitors go into the show ring with no warm-up on the horse that they have drawn. This is the epitome of "catch riding". Riders are judged on their equitation and handling of the horse.

a typical show

Horse shows start with fences classes and end with flat classes. Each rider will randomly draw a horse, which he or she will have to navigate around a course or show on the flat. This is like extreme catch riding; no warm up or schooling is allowed, and prior to walking into the arena, the rider is only allowed extremely light contact on the horse's mouth for safety reasons. The rider is not allowed to put the horse on the bit or school him in any way (this includes using a crop, or using one's leg as an aid) prior to walking into the arena. However, riders are allowed to watch the host school warm up the horses prior to the start of the show.

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Requirements

  • Currently enrolled UT undergrad student; to compete at shows, members must be enrolled in at least 12 hours.

  • Pay all IHSA and Team Dues

  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher

  • Provide documentation of health insurance (required by IHSA and UT)

  • Meet lesson and team criteria to compete

How to Join

The Texas Equestrian Team has two recruiting periods during the school year: once in the fall, and once at the beginning of the spring semester. During these recruiting periods, the team will host multiple information sessions, which are non-committal events where potential members can learn more about the team, interact with current members, and see if the team is the right fit for them. The time and place of these information sessions may be found by viewing the events calendar below, or by emailing the team under "Contact Us".

After the information sessions, we will send out a short application that is based on sportsmanship. Admittance to the team is not based on riding experience or show record. New members will attend a mandatory recruit meeting, where team guidelines are more thoroughly discussed. A barn orientation will also take place, in which experienced team members will show the recruits around the barn, as well as introduce new riders to basic horsemanship. It should be noted that, a new member will not be allowed to ride without the completion of this orientation.

 

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Coach

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Officers

Bella Thayer
Bella Thayer

Captain Arts and Entertainment Technologies Major Graduating Spring 2023 Competing Limit Fences/Flat

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Amelia Nickerson
Amelia Nickerson

Vice Captain Computer Science and Business Honors Major Graduating Spring 2024 Competing Limit Fences/Flat

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Livie Gallagher
Livie Gallagher

Recruitment/Outreach Coordinator Health and Societies Major Graduating Spring 2025 Competing Intermediate Fences/Flat

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Alexandra Vaughn
Alexandra Vaughn

Secretary Mechanical Engineer Major Graduating Spring 2025 Competing Limit Fences/Flat

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Taylor Montez
Taylor Montez

Webmaster Psychology Major Graduating Fall 2022 Competing Advanced WTC

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Leah Cairns
Leah Cairns

Webmaster Physics Major Graduating Spring 2025 Competing Open flat/Limit jumping

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Alex Vasut
Alex Vasut

Show Team

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Allison Nguyen
Allison Nguyen

Psychology Major Graduating Spring 2025 Show Team

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Bianca Steppan
Bianca Steppan

Business Major Graduating Spring 2023 Show Team

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Ciera Fontenot
Ciera Fontenot

Neuroscience Major Graduating Spring 2026 Show Team

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Emaan Khan
Emaan Khan

Biology & International Relations & Global Studies Majors Graduating Spring 2024 Home Team

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Georgia Fuchs
Georgia Fuchs

History Major Graduating Spring 2026 Home Team

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Heidi Hansel
Heidi Hansel

Linguistics Major Graduating Spring 2024 Home Team

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Larissa Aspiras
Larissa Aspiras

Undeclared Major Graduating Spring 2026 Home Team

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Lauren Drabek
Lauren Drabek

Show Team

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Lily Warmington
Lily Warmington

Psychology Major Graduating Spring 2025 Home Team

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Madelyn Pollack
Madelyn Pollack

English Major Graduating Spring 2024 Show Team

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Madeline Bannatyne
Madeline Bannatyne

English & Economics Majors Graduating Spring 2025 Show Team

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Michael Chan
Michael Chan

International Relations & Global Studies Major Graduating Spring 2025 Competing Beginner Walk/Trot

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Reagan Brown
Reagan Brown

Classical Studies & Latin Majors Graduating Spring 2026 Show Team

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Sejung Park
Sejung Park

Nutrition Major Graduating 2026 Show Team

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Suchita Misra
Suchita Misra

International Relations & Global Studies Major Graduating Spring 2023 Home Team

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Zoë Walker
Zoë Walker

Biology Major Graduating Spring 2026 Show Team

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Not pictured:

Cailyn Cox (Show Team)

Precious Maku (Home Team)

Kahana Fountain (Home Team)

Fiona Fu (Home Team)

Sitara Uppalapati (Home Team) 

OUR TEAM

Members

 
 
 
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our contributors

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Harrison Davis, Haley Davis, and WLE Landscaping

Special Thanks to our Contributors:

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alumni

Claire Levinson
Claire Levinson

Accounting Major Graduated Spring 2021 Competed Open Fences/Flat

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Colleen Jones
Colleen Jones

Architectural Engineering Major Graduated Spring 2021 Competed Advanced WTC

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Cassie Dupree
Cassie Dupree

Former Web Master Design Major Graduated Spring 2021 Competed Open Fences/Open Flat

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Haven Erengil
Haven Erengil

Former Captain Neuroscience Plan II Major Graduated Fall 2021 Competed Intermediate Fences/Flat

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Skylar Smith
Skylar Smith

Former Treasurer Public Relations Major Graduated Fall 2020 Competed Intermediate Fences/Flat

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Tristynn Cox
Tristynn Cox

May 2020 Graduate International Relations and Global Studies and History Double Major Competed Novice Fences/Flat

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Elena Solimano
Elena Solimano

May 2020 Graduate International Relations and Global Studies Major

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Mandine Pichon-Paulard
Mandine Pichon-Paulard

Government Major Exchange Student Competed Limit

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AJ Inanc
AJ Inanc

May 2020 Graduate Former Captain Aerospace Engineering Major Competed Limit Fences/Flat

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Sara Nassar
Sara Nassar

2019 Graduate Competed Open

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Celeste Williams
Celeste Williams

May 2019 Graduate Former Captain Competed in Open Fences/Open Flat

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Sara Zokai
Sara Zokai

December 2018 Graduate Competed Open Fences/Open Flat

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