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Dartmouth College Intercollegiate Equestrian Team


Dartmouth College Intercollegiate Equestrian Team

The varsity Equestrian Team competes in Zone I, Region 2 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association ( The team is led by head coach Sally Batton ( and the 2017-18 co-captains are Claire Bick ’18 and Olivia Champ ’19 and Team Manager Elle MacAlpine ’18

What are some of the past accomplishments of the varsity Equestrian Team
Ivy League Champion: 1997, 2007, 2010, 2014 & 2016
Ivy League Reserve Champion: 2002, 2005, 2015 & 2017
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone I, Region 2 Champion: 2005, 2007, 2010 & 2014
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone I Champion: 2014
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships: 10th place in 2014
14 IHSA Individual National Qualifiers in the past 20 years
Anna Knowles, '16 was 2015 & 2016 National Champion in the McDonald Scholarship Challenge and Lindsay Seewald, ’16, finished 3rd in Intermediate Flat at the 2016 IHSA National Championships. At the 2017 IHSA National Championships, Meg Rauner, ’17 was the Novice Flat Reserve Champion and Claire Bick, ’18 was the Intermediate Flat Reserve Champion.
What are the intercollegiate competitions like?
Intercollegiate riding is different from most types of horse showing because you ride the host school's horses.  Horses are chosen by "luck of the draw" and riders do not get any warm-up is mount up and go!

How many shows does the team compete in?
The Region that Dartmouth competes in usually holds seven shows in the Fall and one in the Spring.  Dartmouth hosts two home shows plus some postseason shows.  Horse shows are all day affairs, with the bus leaving between 5 and 6 AM and returning to campus at 5 or 6 PM.

Are there costs involved?
Because riding at Dartmouth is a varsity sport, all entry fees, transportation costs and practice fees are covered.

How often does the team practice?
Team members ride three to four times/week, and have four un-mounted sessions each week, two strength and conditioning workouts and two other workouts on campus.

What levels are offered in Intercollegiate competition?
Levels are offered from Walk-Trot(for the beginner rider) to Open Flat and Fences(for the experienced rider), with three levels in between.

How do interested riders make the team?
Try-outs are held in the beginning of the term.  Twenty riders make up the team and the team roster may change from Fall to Spring, depending on students being "off" for that term.

Can I be recruited for the Varsity Equestrian Team?
Yes.  Although Equestrian does not have any admission spots, Coach Sally Batton writes recommendations and fills out Talent Ratings forms for those riders that she is interested in supporting their application.  Contact Sally at:

How do I find out about the team and try-outs?
Check the calendar on the Dartmouth Riding Center website:  Also offered each fall is an informational "New Rider Picnic" at the farm for all new students.