Students at Texas A&M are encouraged to become involved in student organizations and are able to define their personal involvement experiences through individual interest areas including equine-related groups. This includes:
The Horse Judging Team in the Department of Animal Science teaches students to evaluate horse and horse performances, and to compete in intercollegiate competitions with teams from other colleges and universities. Since the first Texas A&M team began competition in 1972, no other school has won more national championships than Texas A&M, boasting 28.
Texas A&M Horseman’s Association works to make each student member a better horseman by introducing members to new techniques of working with horses and disciplines of riding, educating members on overall equine health and exploring the different job opportunities in the equine industry. Texas A&M’s Horseman’s Association is part of the American Collegiate Horseman’s Association, with our undergraduates often serving in national leadership positions.
Parsons Mounted Cavalry is a dynamic, hands-on leadership laboratory. The interactions of horses and rides, travel and public appearances, horse husbandry, and facilities and equipment maintenance provide cadets with important life experiences and lessons in responsibility. After graduation from Texas A&M, the students’ cavalry work will translate into management, leadership, self-motivation and organizational experience.
Founded in 1967, the Texas A&M Polo Club assists both men and women in learning and refining the basic skills of polo to prepare them for local, regional and national competitions. The club is dedicated to introducing polo to anyone interested in learning about the “Sport of Kings,” to produce winning athletes, and strive to win the coveted USPA Intercollegiate National Championship.
Texas A&M’s Pre-Vet Society is a pre-professional student organization designed for anyone seeking a career in veterinary medicine, regardless of their major. The Society’s main goal is to expose students to a variety of opportunities in the field of veterinary medicine and to help those students reach their goal of admission into veterinary school.
The Fighting Texas Aggie Rodeo Team is a part of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in the Southern Region. It was founded in 1949. Club membership dues are $25 and a new members are admitted year round.
The Saddle & Sirloin Club at Texas A&M University is an affiliate member of the National Block and Bridle Club and aims to promote scholastic achievement and animal agriculture. One of the oldest and largest student organizations at Texas A&M, the Saddle & Sirloin Club is part of the Department of Animal Science but is open to all majors.
The Stock Horse Team in the Department of Animal Science is designed to teach students the principles of training and showing horses in stock horse competitions. With emphasis always on learning and improving the student’s riding and training skills, this program has become a popular and important part of the total horse teaching program at Texas A&M.
SCAAEP is the Texas A&M Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The SCAAEP is committed to providing additional learning opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in equine veterinary medicine. The annual Skills Lab, a project of the group, draws nearly 400 students from veterinary medical programs around the country.
SCAVMA is the Texas A&M Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Every student at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine can (and should!) become a member of SCAVMA, which currently has a 100 percent participation rate. Members are eligible to join other, more specialized veterinary student organizations at Texas A&M.
SFT helps students understand reproduction in various species including equine, through lectures, rounds and palpation.
The Women’s Equestrian Team is a highly competitive program with a history of national success. The Aggies earned overall national championship titles in 2002 and 2012. Texas A&M has finished second overall in four of the last six seasons and the western team has won six NCEA titles. The Aggie hunter seat squad has finished in second three years.