UVM Team

For information about the University of Vermont’s academic programs, admissions, and other questions which are not related to the equestrian team, please contact the school directly. Information can be found on their website: www.uvm.edu
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for in depth information about the team.

The UVM Equestrian Team is one of the most successful in the country. Whatever your level of expertise, you will find that riding on the team will give you access to an unparalleled riding education. Intercollegiate competition offers exciting challenges to accomplished riders, and expert instruction is offered from beginner through advanced levels. The program’s focus is hunter seat equitation and basic dressage. Tryouts are held in early September, and riders are required to commit to the team for the entire year.  If you are a dressage rider interested in continuing your education, please inquire.

The weekly schedule for members includes mandatory meetings, two lessons or practice sessions and two hours of work at the barn. The Equestrian Team makes its home at Imajica, the farm of coach Madeleine Austin. Transportation to the farm is provided by team members who have their own cars.

The Equestrian Team invites all interested athletes to try out. While the selection process is competitive, prospective members must remember that riders are needed at all levels. Madeleine looks for riders who are team players, athletic, physically fit, sensible and interested in pursuing their riding education to the highest level.

Intercollegiate showing is unique because riders are mounted on horses drawn by lot, provided by the host college. Students compete in eight to ten Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) shows each year, where they may qualify for the regional, zone and national finals. Intercollegiate competitions often limit entries and not all team members are able to compete.

The equestrian team has much to offer the dedicated, competitive athlete. While academics will be the focus of your life at school, riding can be an important part of it, as well. The same excellence you expect from UVM academics exists in the equestrian team, providing you with a first-class facility, coach, and opportunities.

Please be aware that Imajica is a private facility and prospective students are welcome to do a self-guided tour of the farm Monday-Friday, 9-5. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions before visiting.

Madeleine Austin has been the coach of UVM’s equestrian team since 1993. A Grand Prix dressage trainer, she has coached riders to international as well as national success in several disciplines.

Regional Championships:

2017 Champion Team
2016  Champion Team
2015  Champion Team`
2013  Reserve Champion Team
2012  Reserve Champion Team
2011  Reserve Champion Team
2010  Champion Team
2009  Champion Team
2008  Reserve Champion Team
2007  Reserve Champion Team
2006  Champion Team
2005  Reserve Champion Team
2004  Champion Team
2003  Champion Team
2002  Champion Team
2001  Champion Team
2000  Champion Team

Zone Championships

2016 Zone 1 Champion Team
2006 Zone 1 Reserve Champion Team
2004 Zone 1 Champion Team
2000 Zone 1 Champion Team

National Championships:

2016 Collegiate Cup Team Championships
6th Place
Alexandra Carlton
Cacchione Cup
5th Place
Collegiate Cup Open Flat
1st Place
Morgan Howlett
Collegiate Cup Walk/Trot/Canter
2nd Place
2015 Alexandra Carlton
Cacchione Cup
6th Place
2014 Alexandra Carlton
Cacchione Cup
Champion
2013 Madison McKay
Cacchione Cup
6th Place
2011 Sophie Allen
Cacchione Cup
18th Place
2010 Reese Green
Cacchione Cup
14th Place
2009 Jordan Werner
Individual Intermediate Fences
2008 Jordan Werner
Individual Novice Fences
5th Place
2006 Collegiate Cup Team Championships
5th Place
2005 Rachel Bertsch
Individual Intermediate Fences
Reserve Champion
Individual Intermediate Flat
3rd Place
2004 Collegiate Cup Team Championships
Unplaced
John Pigott
Individual Open Fences
3rd Place
Individual Open Flat
8th Place
2003 John Pigott
Cacchione Cup
Champion
Individual Open Fences
Champion
Individual Open Flat
Reserve Champion
2002 John Pigott
Individual Open Fences
3rd Place
Individual Open Flat
5th Place
Cacchione Cup
4th Place
2001 Carly Wittstein
Individual Novice Flat
2000 Collegiate Cup Team Championships
4th Place
Amanda Starbuck
Team Open Fences
First Place
Team Open Flat
First Place
1998 Kameron Kerger
Individual Intermediate Fences
7th Place
1997 Sarah Casey
Individual Novice Fences
5th Place