About the Team
The Equestrian Club at Washington College is open to all students, regardless of riding ability or experience.
Students may choose to just be a part of the Club, which holds regular meetings, organizes trail rides, and participates in horse oriented activities. The Club does not compete in any shows, but still has a good time!
Fall 2012 Highlights
Students may also join the Equestrian Team, which is the competitive branch of the club. The Washington College Equestrian Team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. The Team competes in Zone 4 Region 4 and has two parts: the English Team and the Western Team. Each Team attends about 10 intercollegiate shows per year.
Unlike other college sports, IHSA allows riders of all levels to compete at IHSA sponsored shows. Unlike traditional United States Equestrian Federation shows, host schools provide the horses and tack used in intercollegiate competitions, so members of our Club or Team are not required to own their own horses. The English Team rides out of Glendale Riding School with coach Chris Bilgelow. The Western Team is currently riding at Summer Winds Stables in Worton MD with coach Elena DiSilvestro.
For more information:
- Washington College Equestrian Club President: Jennifer Connor
- Hunt Seat Coach: Chris Bigelow
- Western Coach: Elena DiSilvestro
- On-Campus Advisor: Jonnie Jenkins
- Webmasters: Jessica O’Brien and Jessie Lichtenstein
The Washington College Equestrian Team was established as Hunt Seat Team in 2002 and was founded by Caitlin Patton, an ’05 local student of WAC. Throughout the years, the Team has had the incredible help of Kathryn Moncrief, Barbara Heck, Sandy Griffiths, Phil Ake, Jen Shaw and Rebekah Hardy. The Team was third in its region, remained in top 5 for its first three competing years, and competed at Hunt Seat Nationals in its first year.
In 2005, the western team was established with the help of Coach David Walbert. The Western Team has sent two riders to Regionals, one to Zones, and also competed at Nationals in its first year with Team Captain Staci Banks representing the Team. Although it is newly established, the Team has done well to make itself known and continues to grow.