At MET, all of our programs are catch-riding style, which means that a rider may not have experience with any given horse before competing. Catch-riding presents a unique challenge, as no two horses are alike. We believe that the ability to quickly gain one’s footing with an unfamiliar horse is a crucial skill for equestrians of all levels.
Various MET Teams compete as part of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), the Athletic Equestrian League (AEL), and the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities (LIHSSRD).
Riders may apply to be a part of one team or multiple teams.
HUNT SEAT EQUITATION TEAMS
Hunt seat is a style of forward seat riding. It is one of the two classic forms of English riding, along with dressage. Hunt seat competitions judge the rider's ability both on the flat and over fences. Hunt seat equitation is available to fourth through twelfth graders in our IEA flat only, cross rail, 2', and 2'6 groups and to third through twelfth grade in our AEL flat and over fences groups. Each group provides different levels of riding tailored to suit each individual rider.
The word dressage evolved from the French word for training, and dressage is the highest form of horse training. An accomplished dressage rider is able to seamlessly and non-verbally communicate with the horse, guiding the horse through a series of movements akin to a choreographed dance. Dressage is available to fourth through twelfth graders, and the MET Dressage Team competes in the IEA.