Discover the Moravian College Equestrian Team
With about 15 members, the Moravian College Equestrian Team (MCET) is an active club sport and is open to anyone interested in horses or horseback riding. Weekly meetings and fundraisers are mixed in with riding and competing.
Just like any other sport, the equestrian club includes a lot of dedication and preparation for competitions such as regionals, zones (states) and nationals.
|Photos by Stephanie Dengler '16
Team members participate in about 10 competitions per year and sometimes have the option to travel to nationals, which have been held in Los Angeles in the past. MCET is a registered member of Zone 3 Region 4 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
Riders may compete individually and with the team throughout the season, hoping to qualify for the regional competition held in spring. Points are received based on the rider’s place or ranking in the class in which they compete.
A total of 36 points is needed to advance to the next level. The top three riders in each class at the regional competition go on to zones, and then the top two qualify for the national competition.
But the riders would be nothing without their steeds. The horses are just like players on the team, and work just as hard, or harder, than their riders. At shows, riders
randomly draw a horse which is provided at for them. Riders use only their own show
clothes; everything else is provided. Riders must wear certain attire, like team uniforms, in order to show.
Every team can host its own show if it has enough horses. Moravian’s show this semester was held in Flemington, N.J. at Briarwood Farm on March 2. Moravian also participated in the regional effort show in Milford N.J. on March 17, and participatde in the regional show at Briarwood in Flemington, on March 30. Moravian’s team horses are boarded on a farm in New Jersey about 45 minutes from campus, where there are more than 40 horses for team members to ride and show.
Becca Zabel ’16 is one of the team members and says, “I love showing and the team, it’s a great way to make friends!” Jennifer Martin ’15 agrees with her and adds, “I love riding. It is the best stress reliever.”
The club also offers activities such as the upcoming Active Minds and the Mounted Police event on April 12 at 2:30 p.m. outside the HUB. This will include a demonstration by the mounted police and Active Minds members will be selling lemonade.
Team members also organize trail rides and plan other get-togethers.
“I’ve been riding for 14 years and have been on the team my whole college career,” says team captain, Marissa Zondag ’13. "I have made some amazing friends and memories and grown as a rider. I think being a part of any team is important, but the equestrian team went beyond all my expectations.”