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Maryville College Equestrian Team

The Intercollegiate Experience

The Maryville College Equestrian Team (MCET) is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 5, Region 1. The IHSA was founded on the principle that any college student should have the opportunity to participate in equestrian competition regardless of financial status or riding level. Programs emphasize learning and sportsmanship, and foster teamwork.  Horses are furnished by host colleges and are chosen by drawing lots. The use of personal tack is not allowed; schooling is not permitted. IHSA now encompasses 40 Regions in 8 Zones with over 400 member colleges in 45 states and Canada.

Learn more about Maryville College here.


Erin competes at Sewanee

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Team members unpacking for a horse show

Maddie competes at Scots Ridge

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College Students and Nibblet

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Robin in a weekly team practice


Head trainer Christen gets a rider ready to show


MCET after a successful Regional Finals show


Team members out for a hack around the farm

MCET members regularly compete in Hunt Seat shows against riders from schools such as the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, University of the South, Sewanee, Vanderbilt University, and others. Several shows per season are hosted by Scots Ridge.  Riders frequently make it to zone and national finals.


Members who own their own horse can inquire about boarding at Scots Ridge, but owning a horse is not required.  The team owns and has access to a diverse group of talented horses on-site at Scots Ridge, only 15 minutes from campus.  Riders of all levels are welcome – from no experience to nationally-ranked.  Several weekly opportunities for instruction and practice are included in a $500 per semester riding fee.  Team members also volunteer with the Scots Ridge IEA Teams.    

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