If you’re looking for a way to be involved on campus once you arrive here, you should definitely look into MC’s Equestrian program. If you’ve been riding horses your entire life or if you just have a slight interest in horses and riding, MC’s Equestrian program wants you! MC offers a Competitive Varsity Hunt Seat Riding Team and a Hunt Seat Equitation course, which can be counted as a P.E. credit (all students need 3 P.E. credits).
The program is held at Providence Hill Farm located in Jackson, Mississippi, only a 15 minute drive from campus. One of the premier hunter/jumper farms in the country, Providence Hill stretches across thousands of acres and is a beautiful place to ride. Horses are provided at Providence Hill, so riders can practice on different horses for better preparation.
The Hunt Seat Equitation course is available to any MC student and you are placed in classes based on your skill level. The class meets once a week at Providence Hill Farm, again only 15 minutes away from campus. There is an additional fee per semester for each riding course.
The Varsity Hunt Seat Riding Team lasts for the an entire academic year, meeting two times a week for group lessons and one extra practice ride per week during the year. In addition to these practices, the team members also participate in meetings, workouts, and clinics. These practice times are worked out to fit with the team’s weekly school schedule. The team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and is a part of Zone 5 Region 2. For the ISHA horse shows, the team travels to the host college and competes on their horses. All levels of riders are given the chance to compete at the regional, zone, or national level, no matter if you’re competing in a basic walk trot or a more advanced riding experience.
With help from donors and sponsors, Mississippi College pays for expenses such as coaching fees, IHSA membership fees, IHSA entry fees, and travel fees. Team members are assessed a small fee to pay each semester to participate on the team and may also have to pay any miscellaneous expenses during out of town horse shows. However, all students must provide their own riding attire for lessons and competitions.
If you’re interested in joining the team or the class, fill out a form here and email it to the Head Coach, Tina, at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get back to you! If you want to know any more info, check out the website or Facebook page here.
Extracurricular activities and being involved on campus can be so important for your future, so if this stands out to you I encourage you to look into it! If you have any additional questions or problems with finding out more info, leave a comment and we’ll try to assist you!