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Memphis Equestrian Takes on MTSU


2020/03/01


U of M Equestrian Team (L-R): Emily Jackson, Kelly Schaefer, Chloe Kjellin, Elena Scott, Samantha Davis

Rickie Gary

Elena Scott
By Chloe Beth Kjellin

Seven University of Memphis students competed in the annual Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competition at Middle Tennessee State University February 8-9, 2020. With the guidance of coach Poppy Gunter Doyle, owner of Trinity Farm in Lakeland, Tennessee, the Equestrian Club at the University of Memphis was able to bring home 11 ribbons.

IHSA is a great way for college students to experience hunter seat equitation at an affordable cost. This competition allows men and women of all riding levels to compete individually or as a team. The University of Memphis Equestrian Club competes in two shows in its region each semester.

Riders Erika Bates, Samantha Davis, Mary Grayson Fauser, Chloe Kjellin, Emily Jackson, Elena Scott, and Kelly Schaefer take part in bi-monthly group practices to prepare for upcoming competitions. During these practices, riders learn crucial and effective skills to execute hunt seat equitation. They also use this time to bond, grow and build skills in teamwork. The riders’ hard work and determination is evident from their winnings at the MTSU show.

Not only do these members compete, they also fundraise. The club also consists of many members who do not compete. These members are the support team that binds this group together. They are there to not only have fun and learn about the equestrian life, but rather these individuals help support funds for lessons, competitions, and any other activities the club might conduct. Without the help of fundraising and sponsors, the club would not be what it is today.

The support of all the club’s sponsors and supporters made the show at MTSU a memorable one. The hard work of the riders and the coach is evident in the Equestrian Club at the University of Memphis, and they are most grateful for this opportunity.

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