The MSU Equestrian Team was formed in 1982 by a small group of MSU students. The purpose of the team was to meet other students interested in equine activities and to compete at horse shows sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA). MSUET is split into a Hunt Seat Team and a Stock Seat Team, with about 40 riders on the Hunt Team and 30 on the Stock Team. Riders are placed into a particular division according to their riding skill level and show experience
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) has a nation-wide membership of 315 Colleges and Universities. Students who do well at IHSA shows can qualify for regional and national championship competitions. MSU belongs to Zone 6, Region 4 of the IHSA, as does Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Otterbein College, Saginaw Valley State University, Central Michigan University, The University of Michigan, Ferris State University, and Western Michigan University. The college or university that is hosting a competition provides horses. See our show schedule here.
Requirements and Responsibilities of Team Mebmbers
The IHSA requires that team members meet certain criteria and there are many responsibilities a team member will have.
How to Tryout for the Team
Tryouts are held once per year in the fall. Please see this page.