The Hunt Seat Equestrian Club at NC State is a student run club comprised of full-time, undergraduate students at NC State, allowing them to compete and participate in equestrian activities during school through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in Zone 4, Region 3. We also welcome non-competing members to join our club and participate in many of the activities we plan throughout the year.
We have a meeting every month to let all our members know about upcoming horse events and volunteer opportunities. We hold socials, attend demonstrations, fundraising events and volunteer as a group. Come to one of our monthly meetings in Talley Student Union (room 3210) to learn more!
Tryouts for competing members of IHSA are held at the beginning of the fall semester. Our competing club members take weekly, group riding lessons at MacNair's Country Acres in Raleigh! Along with our weekly lessons, we attend 7-8 IHSA shows per year. Students are placed into appropriate divisions based on their previous experience with riding and showing. The jumping divisions include Open, Intermediate, and Limit. The flatting divisions include those along with Novice, Pre-Novice, and Introductory. Please email the club if you are interested and keep an eye out for a date of an information meeting, which will be available on the home page.
According to the official IHSA website:
“The IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional, zone, and national levels. The association was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Emphasis is on learning, sportsmanship, and fun. Competition plays a role but the students’ enthusiasm and team spirit are the major factors. The objective of IHSA competition is to offer the opportunity to riders in their first years of riding as well as to students with show experience. Eliminating the expense of shipping or even owning horses puts IHSA competitions within reach of many who would otherwise miss the equestrian experience.”