UNL Equestrian Team

A Championship Tradition
  • 2015 IHSA Nationals 5th Place Western Team
  • 2015 IHSA Individual Hunt Seat Zone Qualifiers
  • 2014 IHSA Nationals 4th Place Western Team
  • 2013 IHSA Nationals 4th Place Western Team
  • 2012 IHSA Nationals 3rd Place Western Team
  • 2011 IHSA Nationals 6th Place Western Team
  • 2010 IHSA Nationals 8th Place Western Team
  • 2005-2015 Zone 8, Region 5 Regional Champions

UNL ANSC Equestrian Team

The Husker Equestrian Team is a group of approximately fifty students who practice and compete together within Zone 8, Region 5 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). IHSA was established with the purpose of promoting competition for riders of all skill level regardless of financial status. Equestrian Team members develop sportsmanship, team spirit, and horsemanship through IHSA competitions.


Announcements


  • "Check our Show Schedule & Upcoming Events for horse show dates and other team events!"
  • "The Husker Equestrian Team is selling Eileen's Cookie Dough to fundraise for the upcoming show season! Contact fundraising chair Jessica Schmidt (jjschmdt2014@yahoo.com) for more information."
  • Want to advertise your business with the team? Contact Jessica Schmidt (jjschmdt2014@yahoo.com) to place in ad in our horse show programs."

Frequently Asked Questions
Winning Smiles on Equestrians


  • Are there tryouts for the team?
    • Yes! UNL competes in both Western and Hunt Seat divisions of IHSA! Most students will ride in one discipline or the other, but a few riders will show in both. You must try out for each team separately.
  • What if I have never ridden before?
    • IHSA Western competitions have six divisions: Beginner, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, Novice, Advanced and Open (Rail and Reining). Because of this, each year members of all experience levels join the team. The division you begin competing in is based on the number of years and type of riding experience you have. Points are then accumulated throughout the year, and riders can then "point up" to the next division.
    • For the Hunt Seat competitions, there are eight divisions: Walk/Trot, Beginning Walk/Trot/Canter, Walk/Trot/Canter, Novice on the Flat, Novice over Fences, Intermediate on the Flat, Intermediate over Fences, Open on the Flat, and Open on the Fences.
  • Can I choose between riding English or Western?
    • Yes! As of the 2009-2010 season, UNL now has both Western and Hunt Seat teams! Although they are separate teams, many students ride on both. You must try out for each team separately.
  • How much does it cost to be a member of the Equestrian Team?
    • There is a cost because we are a club team. The price varies slightly each year, but is affordable. The team dues pay for entry fees, team clothing, charter buses and many other team expenses. In addition, each member is responsible for a certain amout of fundraising each semester. There are opportunities provided to reach the fundraising goals including car washes, sales, Noodles Night and work opportunities. This spring we worked at the Nebraska Horse Expo and did a riding demonstration.
  • How often and where does the Equestrian Team practice?
    • The UNL Equestrian team practices once a week, in two differnt riding groups. Each group rides for an hour and a half.
    • The barn is located on East Campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • What horse will I ride when practicing and competing?
    • According to IHSA rules, riders do not compete with their own horses. Therefore, at all practices and competitions you will be riding university horses. UNL currently owns about 20 horses. These are the horses used in practice.
    • During horse shows, the college hosting the show provides the horses. You draw the name of a horse the morning of the competition, and then will ride that horse in the show. No warm-ups are allowed, so the first time riding the horse is when you are being judged.
  • How do riders qualify for Regionals, Zones, and Nationals?
    • Riders accumulate points at the various shows throughout the year. These points are assigned based on places in a class. After 36 points, the rider "points up" to the next division. By pointing up to the next level, the rider qualifies for Regionals.
    • At Regionals, the top two riders from each class qualify for Zones. Then, at Zones the top two riders from each class compete at Nationals. All three of theses shows (Regionals, Zones, and Nationals) take place at the end of the spring semester.

Equestrian Group Picture

Show Schedule and Upcoming Events

Hunt Seat Action in ringWestern DuoEquestrian Team in the Snow

IHSA Zone 8 Region 5 Show Schedule 2016-2017

Date
Show Type & # of shows
Hosted By
September 24th
Hunt Seat (1)
University of Wyoming
October 1st & 2nd
Western (2)
Colby Community College
October 15th & 16th
Hunt Seat (2)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
October 22nd & 23rd
Hunt Seat (2)
Colorado School of Mines
November 5th & 6th
Hunt Seat (2)
University of Colorado Boulder
November 19th & 20th
Western (2)
Laramie County Community College
February 11th & 12th
Hunt (2)
Colorado College/UCCS
February 18th & 19th
Western (3)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
February 25th & 26th
Rain date
March 4th
Western (1)
Colby Community College
March 5th
Western Regionals
Colby Community College
March 11th
Hunt Seat Regionals
Colorado College/UCCS
March 25th & 26th
Wester Semifinals
TBA
April 8th
Hunt Seat Zones
Stanford University
May 4th - 7th
IHSA Nationals
Lexington, KY

Awards

2014-2015


Western:IHSA AQHA Western Winners

  • IHSA Zone 8 Region 5 High Point Western Team
  • 5th Place Western team at IHSA Nationals
  • 3rd place Western Team at Semi-Nationals
  • Region High Point Western Rider: Selena Finn
  • AQHA High Point Rider at Nationals: Selena Finn
  • Individual Semi-National Qualifiers: Mauri Wilhelm (walk/trot), Mackenzie Schneekloth (Intermediate), Nikki Novak (advanced)
  • Individual National Qualifiers: Mackenzie Schneekloth (Intermediate)

Hunt WinnersHunt:

  • Individual Regional Qualifiers: Megan Mumaugh (walk/trot), Alex Rommelfanger (novice flat), Jordan Perez (novice fences), Melissa Braun (Intermediate fences), Quinn Leslie (open fences)
  • Individual Zone Qualifiers: Megan Mumaugh (walk/trot), Alex Rommelfanger (novice flat), Jordan Perez (novice fences), Melissa Braun (Intermediate fences), Quinn Leslie (open fences)



2013-2014

High Jumper and Rider
Western:
  • IHSA Zone 8 Region 5 High Point Western Team
  • 4th place Western team at IHSA Nationals
  • 3rd place Western team at Semi-Nationals
  • Region High Point Western Rider: Katrina Quick
  • Region Reserve High Point Western Rider: Dustin Renken
  • Individual Semi-National Qualifiers: Sarah Warner (Walk-Trot), Ethan Callahan(Intermediate), Blake Preston (Novice), Katrina Quick (Open Rail and Reining), Dustin Renken (Open Rail), and Kallie Kayton (Open Reining)

  • Individual National Qualifiers: Sarah Warner (Walk-Trot)
Hunt:
  • 5 Individual Regional Hunt Seat Regional Qualifiers
  • Individual Hunt Seat Zone Qualifier: Brittany Tisthammer (Advanced Walk Trot Canter) and Heidi Black (Walk Trot)

2012-2013

Western:

  • IHSA Zone 8, Region 5 High Point Western Team
  • 5th place Western Team at IHSA National
  • 1st place Western Team at Semi-Nationals
  • Region High Point Western Rider: Katrina Quick
  • Individual Semi-National Qualifers: Morgan Mardock (Open Rail), Linsey Bode (Advanced Horsemanship), Dustin Renken (Advanced Horsemanship), and Blake Preston (Novice Horsemanship)
  • Individual National Qualifiers: Morgan Mardock (9th place Open Horsemanship) and Dustin Renken (3rd place Advanced Western Horsemanship)
  • 6th place AQHA High Point Western Rider at Nationals - Katrina Quick
Hunt:
  • 4 Individual Regional Hunt Seat Qualifiers
  • Individual Hunt Seat Zone Qualifier: Nicole D'Angelo (3rd place Intermediate Equitation on the Flat) and Emily Waring (5th place Walk-Trot)

2011-2012

Western:
  • IHSA Zone 8, Region 5 High Point Western Team
  • 3rd place western team at IHSA Nationals
  • 1st place western team at Semi-Nationals
  • Region High Point Western Rider: Hali Jorgenson
  • Individual Semi-National Qualifiers: Hali Jorgenson (Open reining and rail), Brandon Essink (Advanced), Katrina Quick (Advanced), Dustin Renken (Novice), Cara Peters (Intermediate), and Katie Higgins (Walk-trot)
  • Individual National Qualifiers: Dustin Renken (1st place Novice Wesern Horsemanship) and Brandon Essink (8th place Advanced Western Horsemanship)
  • 7th place AQHA High Point Western Rider at Nationals - Hali Jorgenson
Hunt:
  • 3 Individual Regional Hunt Seat Qualifiers
  • Individual Hunt Seat Zone Qualifer: Katherine Kurth

2010-2011

Western:
  • IHSA Zone 7, Region 1 High Point Western Team
  • 6th place western team at IHSA Nationals
  • 3rd place western team at Semi-Nationals
  • Region High Point Western Rider: Kelsey Horner
  • Region Reserve High Point Western Rider: Samantha Cajka
  • Individual Semi-National Qualifiers: Brooke Preston (Intermediate), Brandon Essink (Novice), Katrina Quick (Novice) and Kelsey Horner (Open Rail and Reining)
  • Individual National Qualifiers: Brooke Preston – 3rd Individual Intermediate Horsemanship, Katrina Quick – 3rd Individual Novice Horsemanship, Kelsey Horner – 7th Individual Open Reining.
  • 12th place AQHA Western Rider at Nationals – Kelsey Horner
Hunt:
  • 3rd place IHSA Zone 7, Region 1 Hunt Team
  • 7 Individual Regional Hunt Qualifiers
  • Individual Hunt Seat Zone Qualifier: Lynsey Whitacre (Open Fences)
  • Individual National Qualifier: Lynsey Whitacre (Open Fences)

2009-2010

  • 8th place western team at IHSA Nationals
  • IHSA Zone 7, Region 1 High Point Western Team
  • Region High Point Western Rider- Kimberly Corradi
  • Region Reserve High Point Western Rider- Mindy Leach
  • Individual Semi-National Qualifiers in Western: Paige Moser (Beginner), Amanda Schardt (Intermediate), Hali Jorgensen (Novice), Samanth Cajka (Advanced), Kelsey Horner (Advanced, Reining), Kimberly Corradi (Open Rail, Reining)
  • Placed 2nd as a team at IHSA Western Semi-National Show
  • Individual National Qualifiers: Kelsey Horner – 3rd Individual Advanced Horsemanship, Kimberly Corradi – Individual Open Rail
  • 6th place AQHA Western Rider at Nationals – Kimberly Corradi

2008-2009

  • IHSA Zone 7, Region 1 High Point team
  • Individual Semi-National Qualifiers: Gwyneth Talley-Beginner, Lindsey Horner and Kim Corradi- Advanced, Megan Boone and Mindy Leach- Open Reining, Megan Boone and Alicia Wittwer- Open rail
  • Region High Point Rider- Mindy Leach
  • Region Reserve High Point Rider- Megan Boone
  • Placed 4th as a team at IHSA Semi-National Show

2007-2008

  • IHSA Zone 9, Region 3 High Point team
  • Placed 5th as a team at IHSA Semi-National Show
  • 3 Individual Semi-National qualifiers

2006-2007

  • IHSA Zone 9, Region 3 High Point Team

2005-2006

  • IHSA Zone 9, Region 3 High Point Team
  • Erin Peery: IHSA National Open Horsemanship Champion
  • Alicia Wittwer: Zone 9, Region 3 High Point Rider
  • 3 Individual National Qualifiers in 2006

Contacts
Team Officers 2016 - 2017
Equestrian Current Officers

Position
Name
Email
President
Rachel Sorensen
Vice President
Shannon Michel
Secretary
Shaylee Truax
Treasurer
Megan Gray
Fundraising Coordinator
Jessica Schmidt
Western Team Captain
Bailey Peterson
Hunt Team Captain
Lauren Teets
PR/Website
Anna Olson

For more information please contact the team adviser, Dr. Lena Luck at lena.luck@unl.edu or the team coach, Lori Jaixen at ljaixen2@unl.edu

Donations
Riding into the sunset

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln relies on the donations of tack, horses, and equipment. Without the generous support of donors, the UNL Equestrian Team and other animal science activities would not be able to operate with such success.

Please contact Lena Luck (lena.luck@unl.edu) with any questions regarding the donation of money, horses, tack, or equipment to the team.
UNL Horse Shows

The UNL Equestrian Team hosts a horse show once every spring and fall semester. Approximately 30 horses are needed (in addition to the University's horses) for the one day show to run well. If you would like to lend your horse(s) for the day, please contact Kathy Anderson or the Team Vice-President for more information.

Western Pleasure Rider and Horse
Hunter Picture
2016-2017 Western Team
2016-2017 Hunt Team
Alissa Martindale
Alexa Kapla
Ambrosia Keefe
Angelica Damp
Anna Heusinger
Anna Olson
Bailee Schubauer
Ashley Dill
Bailey Peterson
Aubrey Kelley
Brooke Imm
Chloe Suarez
Cassidy Curtis
Claire Aiden
Erika Harms
Jessica Glas
Grant Phillips
Jillian Black
Jake Post
Katelyn Petersen
J'Nan Wittler
Lauren Teets
Jessica Schmidt
Libby Pollock
Joeli Walrath
Madeline Neuhaus
Josie Ang
Mechaela Gates
Karli Frederick
Riley Anderson
Maddy Misfeldt
Shannon Michel
Mauri Whilhem
 
Megan Gray
 
Rachel Sorensen
 
Selena Finn
 
Serena Akeson
 
Shaylee Truax
 
Shelbi Sisson
 
Sierra Nelson
 
Taylor Duncan
 
Taylor Lindeman
 
Taytum Dickman
 


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