The UT Horse Judging Team allows students to travel across the country while evaluating cattle, sheep, and swine. Team members evaluate different breeds of horses in various disciplines, and give oral reasons while competing on the collegiate level against other universities. The team also provides students with the opportunity to meet people throughout the country in the equine industry. Students have one calendar year of eligibility to judge (one spring and one fall semester). Students enroll in ANSC 360 Equine and Food Animal Evaluation in the fall prior to the year they plan to participate in judging. Students with a strong judging background will be considered without having taken ANSC 360. Students must enroll in ANSC 461: Advanced Horse Judging to participate on the team.
The Eventing Club competes under the US Eventing Association Intercollegiate Division. Eventing is a 3-Day equestrian competition consisting of Dressage, Cross-Country, and Show Jumping. Members are able to earn points based on their overall placing and division at the completion of a recognized competition. Awards are available at the end of the US Eventing Association season for the top ranked universities.
Members are expected to own/lease their horse and are welcome to train with a trainer of their choice.
The club does not provide horses for lessons or competitions.
The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) is a national organization. IDA offers organized competitions and the opportunity for students to make dressage part of their college experience.
Members are expected to own/lease their horse and train at Seals Sport Horses in Blaine, TN.
Equine Undergraduate Industries, Disciplines, and Sciences Club
The EqUIDS club is open to all UT students regardless of major. The club functions to provide opportunities for students sharing a common interest in horses and other equids while promoting education and leadership through organized activities related to horsemanship and industry. The EqUIDS club works alongside the Tennessee Collegiate Horsemen’s Association, a chapter of the American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association, to:
- Generate industry partnerships
- Provide integrated research-Extension projects
- Cultivate unique internship and employment opportunities specific to UT students
- Expand the UT Equine Program to encompass representation and support from the statewide industry and stakeholders
Tennessee Collegiate Horsemen’s Association is a group dedicated to providing exposure to the equine industry for any student who is interested in learning more about horses regarding care, health, sport, etc through events, trips, and seminars. Club members also have the opportunity to attend the American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association (ACHA) conference each spring.