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Dartmouth College Intercollegiate Equestrian Team
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          Release: 09/28/2011
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Dartmouth College Intercollegiate Equestrian Team

The varsity Equestrian Team competes in Zone I, Region 2 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (www.IHSAINC.com). The team is led by head coach Sally Batton (Sally.Batton@dartmouth.edu) and the 2014-15 Co-captains are Alexa Dixon '14 and Emily Tregidgo, ’16 and Team Manager Emily Estelle, ‘15 

What are some of the past accomplishments of the varsity Equestrian Team?

Ivy League Champion:  1997, 2007, 2010 & 2014

Ivy League Reserve Champion:  2002 & 2005

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone I, Region 2 Champion:  2005, 2007 & 2014

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone I Champion:  2014

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships:  10th place in 2014

10 IHSA Individual National Qualifiers in the past twenty years

Sarah Spangenberg, '11, finished in 3rd place in Novice Fences and Novice Flat at the 2011 IHSA National

 Championships held in Lexington, Ky.

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 time...it 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 two or three in the Spring.  Dartmouth hosts a home show 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 four times/week, and have four un-mounted sessions each week, two strength and conditioning workouts and two other workouts with the coach.

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.  Since the team involves all levels of riders, it is not necessarily the "best" riders that make the team but the riders that fill the available slots.  Twenty riders make up the team and the team roster may change from Fall to Spring, depending on students being "off" for that term.

How do I find out about the team and try-outs?

Check the calendar on the Dartmouth Riding Center website:  http://www.dartmouth.edu/~drc/calendar/.  Also offered each Fall is an informational "New Rider Picnic" at the farm for all new students...check http://www.dartmouth.edu/~drc/calendar/