The Santa Clara University Equestrian Team

The Santa Clara University Equestrian Team is a student-run club sport team on campus founded in 2006. We are open to any student who has an interest in horses and horseback riding. It doesn't matter if you are a first-time rider or a seasoned show expert (or anywhere in between). No riding experience is necessary as long as you share our passion for horses!

For a brief overview, please watch this video created in 2013 to thank donors to the Santa Clara Fund:

Our members have the ability to compete in horse shows during fall and winter quarters through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), accumulating points to be able to go to regional, zone, and national competitions in the spring. You do not need to actively compete during the year to be a member of the team, though most of our members do take advantage of the unique opportunity to test their skills against other college equestrians through IHSA horse shows. Competitions have levels suitable for all levels of riders, from an introductory walk-trot divison to open jumping classes.

To be a member of the SCU Equestrian Team, you must: The SCU Equestrian Team does not have a barn or horses of our own. However, our huntseat team is partnered with coach Susan Crenshaw and her barn Ligara Farms, which is located thirty minutes from campus in Morgan Hill. Our arrangement with Ligara allows all members to take ten lessons during the year, four in each of our competitive quarters (fall and winter) plus two in spring quarter. The team will travel together to these team lessons, so you do not need to worry about transportation.

As of the 2013-14 school year we have a fun new part of the SCU Equestrian Team: the dressage team! Here is a message from Julia Ivanitski, a co-founder of our dressage team: "Absolutely anyone is able to join, since dressage is the basis of all english riding. If you want to join the equestrian team but ride western, you are more than welcome to join the dressage team or ride in the IHSA flat classes. The dressage team partakes in show competitions just like the hunter jumpers, so you won't miss out on anything." For more information about the dressage team or to express your interest, please contact The dressage team is separate from the hunt seat team, and it competes through the Intellecollegiate Dressage Associate (IDA).

L-R back row: Stephen, Charlotte, Lexie, Coach Susan Crenshaw, Alyssa, Wendy, and Camille. L-R front row: Heather, Carly, Jenna at the Stanford Red Barn, February 2015.