American National Riding Commission

American National Riding Commission

Providing Quality Educated Riding For All Levels


ANRC Intercollegiate Championships

ANRC National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship

The ANRC Intercollegiate Equitation Championship, traditionally held in April, is a National championship where colleges showcase their most talented riders in a team competition judged and scored on equitation skills in four phases.  There are two levels of competition: a National level at 3’ and a Novice level at 2’6”.

  • A Program Ride (includes USEF Hunter Equitation Tests)
  • A Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Course
  • A Derby Style Equitation Course (natural jumps in a field)
  • A Written test based on riding theory and stable management



Students may compete on a college-owned horse or a privately owned horse. The highest score in each phase will be awarded to the rider who demonstrates excellence in equitation and produces a smooth, cooperative performance exemplifying quality hunter movement both on the flat and over fences. Awards are given for the top individual and team performances in each competition phase, and the top individual and team performances overall.

The primary goal of ANRC is to promote the American System of Forward Riding.  This system is based on the idea that the rider’s position or seat, control, and schooling of the horse are integral parts. The training objectives seek to develop the horse’s agility and strength under the weight of the rider, and achieve balance of the horse independently of the rider’s aids. Emphasis is placed on the rider’s ability to achieve a cooperative performance, allowing the horse to move forward freely with connected movement, while remaining calm and alert.

For more information about the ANRC National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship, please contact

Jennifer Smith, ANRC Intercollegiate Chair, at