THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
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:
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.
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.
Captain Arts and Entertainment Technologies Major Graduating Spring 2023 Competing Limit Fences/Flat
Vice Captain Computer Science and Business Honors Major Graduating Spring 2024 Competing Limit Fences/Flat
Recruitment/Outreach Coordinator Health and Societies Major Graduating Spring 2025 Competing Intermediate Fences/Flat
Secretary Mechanical Engineer Major Graduating Spring 2025 Competing Limit Fences/Flat
Webmaster Psychology Major Graduating Fall 2022 Competing Advanced WTC
Webmaster Physics Major Graduating Spring 2025 Competing Open flat/Limit jumping
Psychology Major Graduating Spring 2025 Show Team
Business Major Graduating Spring 2023 Show Team
Neuroscience Major Graduating Spring 2026 Show Team
Biology & International Relations & Global Studies Majors Graduating Spring 2024 Home Team
History Major Graduating Spring 2026 Home Team
Linguistics Major Graduating Spring 2024 Home Team
Undeclared Major Graduating Spring 2026 Home Team
Psychology Major Graduating Spring 2025 Home Team
English Major Graduating Spring 2024 Show Team
English & Economics Majors Graduating Spring 2025 Show Team
International Relations & Global Studies Major Graduating Spring 2025 Competing Beginner Walk/Trot
Classical Studies & Latin Majors Graduating Spring 2026 Show Team
Nutrition Major Graduating 2026 Show Team
International Relations & Global Studies Major Graduating Spring 2023 Home Team
Biology Major Graduating Spring 2026 Show Team
Cailyn Cox (Show Team)
Fiona Fu (Home Team)
Sitara Uppalapati (Home Team)
Special Thanks to our Contributors:
Accounting Major Graduated Spring 2021 Competed Open Fences/Flat
Architectural Engineering Major Graduated Spring 2021 Competed Advanced WTC
Former Web Master Design Major Graduated Spring 2021 Competed Open Fences/Open Flat
Former Captain Neuroscience Plan II Major Graduated Fall 2021 Competed Intermediate Fences/Flat
Former Treasurer Public Relations Major Graduated Fall 2020 Competed Intermediate Fences/Flat
May 2020 Graduate International Relations and Global Studies and History Double Major Competed Novice Fences/Flat
May 2020 Graduate International Relations and Global Studies Major
Government Major Exchange Student Competed Limit
May 2020 Graduate Former Captain Aerospace Engineering Major Competed Limit Fences/Flat
2019 Graduate Competed Open
May 2019 Graduate Former Captain Competed in Open Fences/Open Flat
December 2018 Graduate Competed Open Fences/Open Flat