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Building Stable Relationships

Members of the WVU Western Equestrian team know their way around the barn - and they don't mind building relationships while working with horses! In fact, they learn all about horses, ride horses, and develop their equestrian skills in order to compete in IHSA shows or just practice for the love of riding.

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WVU saddle branded with Flying WV logo
The team at our spring show in Slippery Rock. (2023)

The West Virginia University Western Equestrian Team is an amicable and outgoing group of riders and horse lovers. We welcome all levels of riders, regardless of previous experience. Although riding is typically an individual sport, WVU Western Equestrian is a true team – we support one another, assist each other at shows, and never stop working together as a team!

We are a student-run, student-funded club sport through WVU's Sport Club Organization. The team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), the largest and oldest collegiate riding association with over 400 member schools across the United States and Canada. We run placements at the beginning of each semester, but there are no “try-outs” for the team– everyone makes the team and is placed in one of the six riding divisions! Each riding division is broken up into smaller groups by riding ability and availability for weekly lessons at Bobby Dean Show Horses. Our coach is dedicated to providing lessons that translate knowledge into individualized coaching at shows.

All club members are part of all meetings, training, social gatherings and community service.

logo of WVU Western Equestrian club


Team meetings will be held every Monday night at 7:30 pm.


Training Information

Bobby Dean Show Horses is where training is held.  It's about fifteen minutes from WVU main campus Rides can be coordinated with members with vehicles.

The team with our Regional Champs award. (2023)


The WVU Western Equestrian team is consistently in the top six schools in Zone 2 Region 5 of the IHSA. WVU Western Equestrian also holds the titles of Regional Grand Champions in 2016, 2021, 2022, and 2023, and Regional Reserve Champions in 2017, 2018, and 2020.

Two members wearing jackets with logo of WVU Western Equestrian club

Member Information

The team consists of showing members and non-showing members in order to provide everyone with options they can choose from.

Please feel free to email the team with any questions, 

WVU Western Equestrian Team

Team members and the coach describe their experiences about being part of the team and finding a place where they are meant to be.

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