|Q. Do I need to own a horse to be on the team?
A. No, The University that is putting on the show supplies the horses. During practice times our coach provides the horses.
Q. Do I have to have any experience?
A. IHSA is set up so that riders of all levels can compete. Therefore no experience is necessary. UCET takes all levels of riders: from beginners to advanced.
Q. Does it take up a lot of time?
A. It’s all in what you make it, UCET can either take up a good portion of time or very little. We practice once a week for an hour, we meet twice a month for team meetings, and we will show 10-12 times. Shows take place from September to April and typically take up the entire weekend. Schedules can be worked around and not all members show or participate within optional events.
Q. Do I need to be a full-time student?
A. Any student may join the UC Equestrian Team. However, IHSA states that only full-time undergraduate students may participate in the competitions. Both the IHSA and UCET check your student status.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. IHSA membership fee is $30.00 per discipline or $40.00 for both Western and English (this fee is only for those who are planning on actively showing). Dues for UCET are $500 for your first semester and $450 for each returning semester. These cover weekly lessons with our coach, team dinners at bimonthly meetings, transportation to shows and lodging. At all IHSA shows, there is a fee of $25 per class, with a maximum of two classes per show; but showing is optional.
Q. Where are the facilities located?
A. Saddle Lake Equestrian Center where the private and/or group lessons take place is in Alexandria, KY, about 25 min south of main campus. Competitions take place at multiple facilities throughout Kentucky and Ohio; transportation is provided to and from horse shows for those that are showing.
Q. Who do I need to contact to find out more information or to join?
A. Fill out the form on the left, the president or another member of the team will email you back as soon as possible.
Q. What about show outfits?
A. Our coach will take the time to correctly outfit you; she will determine what is appropriate for you to wear during competitions. Show Tack is located at Saddle Lake Equestrian Center, our home facility. They carry a full range of attire and can order anything you need.
Q. What do I need to bring to lessons?
A. You need to provide your own SEI certified riding helmet and suitable clothing (long pants and closed toed boots). Our coach provides the team with horses and appropriate tack; some members choose to use their own saddles.
Q. Can I ride with the team before I am enrolled in classes?
A. YES! Missy Jo has a full service training facility, not only does UC ride at Saddle Lake Equestrian Center. You can request a lesson. Contact Missy Jo for details: email@example.com.
Q. Are scholarships available so that I can be on the team?
A. UCET is working toward finding reliable sponsors that will be able to help our riders year after year. Feel free to contact our Vice President of Alumni Affairs to see what is currently available. We also encourage you to search for personal sponsors and have developed a great program to help members do so.