The Appalachian Equestrian Team was founded in 1994 at Appalachian State University located in Boone, North Carolina. We are a Club Sports team that travels within the Southern East Coast, representing Appalachian State University at over 10 competitions per year. We offer riders the opportunity to compete at a collegiate level, in addition to providing a fun, equine-loving atmosphere to riders of any level and discipline.
How Intercollegiate Showing Works
Our Dressage team is a part of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA), and our Hunt Seat and Western teams are a part of the Interscholastic Horse Show Association (IHSA). The Association was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows, regardless of their financial status or riding level. The IHSA attempts to eliminate the expenses of students owning horses and allows more students to compete. Students ride horses that are furnished by the host college and chosen by drawing lots. The use of personal tack is not allowed and schooling is not permitted. The theory behind this structure is to equalize variables of the competition and test the horsemanship of the contestants. Classes range from walk/trot for first year students to the Open Division for the more experienced riders.