3 Students mounted and in uniform

The Equestrian Drill Team hard at work

The UVM Intercollegiate Equestrian Team is a club sport, open to all students with an interest in competing in hunter seat equitation and basic dressage.

The competition season includes fall and spring shows hosted at New England colleges and universities. The host school provides horses for competition, therefore it is not necessary to own a horse. Biweekly lessons are required. For contact information please contact the Student Government Association or take a look at their brochure. The team rides at Imajica Farm in Williston, Vt.


A group of students participating in amounted hunting exercise

"The UVM Equestrian Team is one of the most successful in the country. Whatever your level of expertise, you will find that riding on the team will give you access to an unparalleled riding education. Intercollegiate competition offers exciting challenges to accomplished riders, and expert instruction is offered from beginner through advanced levels. The program’s focus is hunter seat equitation and basic dressage. Tryouts are held in early September, and riders are required to commit to the team for the entire year.  If you are a dressage rider interested in continuing your education, please inquire.

The weekly schedule for members includes mandatory meetings, two lessons or practice sessions and two hours of work at the barn. The Equestrian Team makes its home at Imajica, the farm of coach Madeleine Austin. Transportation to the farm is provided by team members who have their own cars.

The Equestrian Team invites all interested athletes to try out. While the selection process is competitive, prospective members must remember that riders are needed at all levels. Madeleine looks for riders who are team players, athletic, physically fit, sensible and interested in pursuing their riding education to the highest level.

Intercollegiate showing is unique because riders are mounted on horses drawn by lot, provided by the host college. Students compete in eight to ten Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) shows each year, where they may qualify for the regional, zone and national finals. Intercollegiate competitions often limit entries and not all team members are able to compete.

The equestrian team has much to offer the dedicated, competitive athlete. While academics will be the focus of your life at school, riding can be an important part of it, as well. The same excellence you expect from UVM academics exists in the equestrian team, providing you with a first-class facility, coach, and opportunities.

Please be aware that Imajica is a private facility and prospective students are welcome to do a self-guided tour of the farm Monday-Friday, 9-5.

Madeleine Austin has been the coach of UVM’s equestrian team since 1993. A Grand Prix dressage trainer, she has coached riders to international as well as national success in several disciplines."

—From the Team website

Event Schedule

A student on a horse jumping a hurdle
  • October 7 Middlebury
  • October 8 UVM
  • October 22 Dartmouth
  • October 28 UNH
  • October 29 Colby Sawyer College
  • November 4 Dartmouth
  • March 3, 2018 Bowdoin
  • March 4, 2018 Endicott

Team Roster

The UVM team on a podium at an award ceremony

UVM Team standing as for a group photo in matching uniform


Students holding up their ribbons