MC Equestrian Club hosts Intercollegiate Horse Show in conjunction with Homecoming

October 22, 2003
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant
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The Maryville College Equestrian Club will host two Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat shows in conjunction with Homecoming weekend Oct. 25 and 26, at the College Equestrian Center located nearby in Rockford.

The shows run from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. both days. Students will compete as individuals and as a team with riders from Middle Tennessee State University, Murray State University, Rhodes College, Tennessee Technological University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, University of Tennessee-Martin, University of the South, and Vanderbilt University. A total of 125 riders are expected.

Dr. Mardi Craig, faculty sponsor and associate academic dean explains, “These shows are different from other hunter shows because the host institution provides all of the horses used in the competition. The riders draw a horse’s name out of a hat and are judged on how well they ride the horse. It is very challenging to compete on a horse that you don’t know.”

Riders compete at different ability levels depending on prior equestrian experience and points earned at previous intercollegiate shows.

The Maryville College Equestrian Club will be represented by student riders Jeff Joplin of Townsend; Sarah Fogle, Rebecca Hester and Stephanie McLain of Knoxville; Lindsey Chance of Talbott; Catherine Amrich of Island Lake, Ill.; Jessica Munger of Blacksburg, Va.; Jessica Reinagle of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Sara Roth of Fairmount, Ga.; and alumni riders Catherine Webb and Laura Robertson.

Maryville equestrians range in expertise from some having had no showing experience to others who have competition experience at the national level. Sarah Owen of Maryville serves as the team coach and College alumna Christen McCammon Khym is the manager and founder of the club.

Limited seating is available, but spectators are welcome to bring chairs or ground cloths. Concessions are available on site.

To get to the horse show from the main College entrance, turn right onto Lamar Alexander Parkway, take an immediate left onto Washington Street, turn right onto East Broadway. Travel for about 6 ½ miles to Roddy Branch Road on the right. Turn right and turn in the third drive on the left. The farm is the third driveway on the left. The farm phone number is 609-7327.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.