Team members wishing to compete must participate in at least one lesson each week with our coach. Beginner riders will ride in a 30-minute private lesson until they are able to join a group. Group lessons will last an hour with same skill level riders. During many group lessons, riders will switch horses multiple times to best simulate the IHSA competition format. Lessons may include work on the longe line, riding without stirrups, a variety of equitation exercises and tests, gymnastic jumping and course riding.
Team members wishing to compete must participate in weekly physical workouts that will be held on campus. This is a sport and as such, participants must be physically fit and prepared to perform their best. Exercises will include cardio conditioning, core strength training, balance evaluation and training, leg and upper body strength exercises.
The Texas State Equestrian Team trains at Hunters Chase Farms with trainer Katherine Deichmann. The barn is located in Wimberley, TX and is about 25 minutes from campus. Check out their website at www.hunterschasefarms.com!
We currently have about 30 horses, all of which are show quality, kind and safe. All of our horses are patient, hard-working teachers and we are thrilled to be able to learn with them!
The time commitment for the Team is a perfect balance between work and play, providing team members with several opportunities to ride, while still maintaining plenty of time for their studies.
* Currently enrolled TxState student; to compete at shows, members must be enrolled in at least 12 hours.
* Pay all IHSA and Team Dues
* Maintain a 2.00 GPA or higher
* Meet lesson, practice, team criteria to compete
Costs of Membership
Team Dues $100/semester
IHSA/USHJA Dues $40/year
Show Fees $35/class, $40/weekend trainer fee, meal money
** Money to maintain proper riding and show attire
Where does the money go?
* Team Dues go directly to the team. This money is used to pay for travel expenses for shows, socials, and other team expenses
* IHSA Dues go to IHSA Nationals, Zones, and Regional Shows and expenses
* Lesson fees go directly to the Coach
* Sports Club teams receive very little financial support from the University. Money that we do receive is marginal and acquired the previous year through a budget process
* We can receive additional funding from the University through active participation.
* The University DOES NOT pay for any services rendered by the Team coach, nor does it pay for the use of the horses or facility