- Team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association- Zone 5, Region 1.
- Team participates in IHSA hunter seat horse shows.
- Team attends at least eight IHSA shows each year, with the potential to qualify for regional, zone, and national competition.
- Team roster includes riders ranging in experience from none through national competition.
- Team owns and has access to a diverse group of horses with varying skill levels.
- The program is located at Penrose Farm, which consists of 130 acres of pastures, rolling hills and woodland trails in the heart of West Knoxville. Penrose Farm is a full-service boarding facility including 20 stalls, paddock and pasture board, a covered arena and three outdoor arenas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a typical lesson like?
A typical lesson begins with a 20-minute drive from campus to Penrose Farm. Riders prepare their assigned lesson horse and participate in an intense and challenging one-hour group lesson.
Riders constantly strive to perfect position and effectiveness on horseback. By riding different types of horses in lessons, riders become more confident and prepared for intercollegiate competition. Riders typically take two group lessons each week and have the opportunity to practice ride several additional days.
What do I need to bring when I join the team?
Each member is required to provide individual riding attire and other related items. The semester riding fee includes team lessons, intercollegiate show fees and access to the horses for practice.
May I bring my own horse?
Yes, but it is not required. The MC Equestrian Team provides lesson horses and tack. Team members may choose to board their personal
horse at Penrose Farm.
What is it like to host & ride in an intercollegiate horse show?
Even if you have ridden and shown for years, hosting and competing in an intercollegiate show is an experience unlike any other. The host school provides the horses and the tack for each class. Horse assignments are drawn at random. No practice on the horse is allowed before being judged in competition.
Are there other showing opportunities besides intercollegiate?
Yes. Showing opportunities range from local level competition through the “AA” rated circuit. MC riders may use their own horse or borrow one from the College.
What if I have limited horse experience?
We welcome riders of all skill levels. In fact, with the intercollegiate format, riders of all levels score points for the team.
What if I want to know more about the Maryville College Equestrian Team?
Call the Maryville College Admissions Office at 800.597.2687 or 865.981.8065. You may also fill out the from at the bottom of this page to be contacted by an Admissions Counselor by email.
The Maryville College Equestrian Team was founded in 1994 by the current coach and manager, Christen Khym. Christen rode, coached and managed the team as a student at Maryville College and was the first member of the team to attend the National Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Championship. The team has been nationally ranked, and many individual riders have represented Maryville College at the Nationals. The team qualified for Nationals in 2006.