Equestrian Show Season Begins

Western rider and team vice president Sasha Conatser posing with her second place ribbon and Scotty the horse, owned by Middle Tennessee State University.
(Photo by Allison Rison)

Tech’s equestrian team brought home awards in multiple classes at University of Tennessee’s home show on Sept. 28 and 29 and at Sewanee: University of the South on Oct. 5 and 6.


The team traveled to Elder’s Last Lap Ranch in Maryville for the western show. They brought four horses for the competition. Showing members consisted of Sasha Conatser, Emily Moser, Mackenzie Garner, Madeline Plus, and Allison Rison.


Garner won fourth and sixth place in the Rookie B walk, jog, lope classes.


Conatser won sixth and second place in the Beginner walk, trot classes.


Rison won sixth place in Rookie B walk, jog, lope.


Conatser finished as the team’s high point rider, earning more points than the other members.


Showing members at the Sewanee show consisted of Savannah Bayens, Baker Crites, Makenzie Garner and Chapel Bell.


Bayens won fourth and fifth place in the Limit Flat classes, “flat” meaning there was no jumping.


Crites won third and fifth place in the Novice B classes.


Bell won fourth and sixth place in the Novice 2 B flat classes.


Garner won second and third place in the Novice B classes.


The team is scheduled to compete in two more shows this semester. The English riders are scheduled to travel to Maryville College on Oct. 26 and 27. The western riders are scheduled to travel to Murray State University on Nov. 2 and 3.


Those interested in joining the equestrian team should contact Rebecca Huddleston at

Team president Savannah Bayens competes at the Sewanee English show in a flat class.
(Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Tech Equestrian Team.)