Maryville College Equestrian Team hosts IHSA horse show in Knox County

Maryville College Equestrian Team hosts IHSA horse show in Knox County

February 27, 2002

The Maryville College Equestrian Team will host an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Hunter Seat Horse Show this weekend, March 2-3, at Penrose Farm in Knox County.

Competition in the jumping classifications begins at 9 a.m. each day. Riding competitions are planned for the afternoon. Events end at 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free and open to the public.

Maryville's team competes in the IHSA's Zone 5, Region 1, which means that riders regularly compete against teams from the University of the South, the University of Tennessee, Tennessee Tech, the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, Midway College and the University of Louisville. Many of these schools are expected to be represented at the March 2-3 horse show.

Because hosting requires a large facility and providing 40 English jumping horses for all riders competing in the horse shows, it can be a big - and expensive - deal. The Maryville College Equestrian Team found a willing host and enthusiastic supporter in MC Board Member Teenie Hayworth. She and husband Dr. Ray Hayworth are owners of Penrose Farm.

"Along with Dr. and Mrs. Hayworth, many of the people who board horses at Penrose graciously allow the College use of their valuable friends," explained Dr. Mardi Craig, a faculty member at Maryville College and sponsor of the College's equestrian team. "The horses are experienced competitors and present unqualified opportunities for the students to compete on the best mounts available.

"In recognition of the success of last year's shows at Penrose, the other [IHSA] schools voted the Penrose Shows as best of the year!" Craig continued.

The equestrian team isn't exactly a neophyte on the campus, but compared to baseball (which has taken to the field for more than 125 years), it's in its infancy, for sure.

In 1994, student Christen McCammon Khym, then a sophomore, rode for and coached the College's first equestrian team. While a freshman, Khym generated interest and petitioned the student government association for some funding. Approved as a club sport in the spring of 1993, the team had five female riders and the use of horses and a local barn by the fall of 1994.

Khym continues to coach the team, along with local resident Sara Owen. The College team has almost 15 riders today.

Directions to Penrose Farm from Maryville:
Take the Pellissippi Parkway towards Oak Ridge. Exit at Northshore Drive. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Northshore Drive. Travel approximately one mile and turn left onto Ebeneezer Road. Look for the end of the second line of white fencing on your right and turn right onto Nubbins Ridge Road. The farm is approximately one mile on the right. There will be signs for parking.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.