The Saddle Seat Team at the University of Louisville

Eleanor Watkins and Marie-Claire - World Champions Zubrod Stables is proud host to the Saddle Seat Team at the University of Louisville, the 2011 Reserve ISSRA National Champions. Coached by Deveau Zubrod, the UofL Team provides college students with an opportunity to continue riding saddle seat throughout college and to bring new riders the experience of competition on a collegiate level.

The UofL Saddle Seat Team is a member of the Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riders Association (ISSRA), and an affiliate of the USEF. The ISSRA was founded in 2008 by college students and faculty mentors from area colleges. University of Louisville joined their ranks in 2009 with just 3 members. Since that time it has expanded to include over 15 riders with varying levels of experience.

 National Academy Champions - 2006ISSRA operates its shows similar to the World Cup. Each rider shows in an equitation rail class and a pattern class. Riders compete on the American Saddlebred, Morgan, Arabian, National Show Horse and other trotting breeds of horses traditionally shown in saddle seat classes. Individual riders draw a horse for each class entered, and have minimal warm-up. Coaches select team point riders in each division prior to the first class and those riders accumulate both team and individual points. Awards consist of a High Point Team, a Reserve High Point Team, High Point Rider and Reserve High Point Rider - to both Senior and Junior riders - based on accumulated points.

Each ISSRA coach places his/her riders in specified divisions based on show experience and a formal riding evaluation. Senior riders compete in Open, Open Limit, Advanced, or Novice classes, while Junior riders compete in Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter or Beginner Walk-Trot classes.

Any undergraduate or graduate student with at a minimum of a 2.2 cumulative GPA enrolled full-time in a college or university is eligible to join the ISSRA as an individual member. Alumni riders are also able to compete in their respective classes.

For more information, please visit the organization’s website or the University of Louisville Riding and Racing Club website:
Learn more about the Saddle Seat Team here:

You may also contact coach, Deveau Zubrod at or faculty advisor Terri Burch at

Eleanor Watkins and Marie-Claire - World Champions
The Saddle Seat Team at the University of Louisville - 2012
  Olivia Weber and Heartland-Royalty-AHHS-National Champions
The Saddle Seat Team at the University of Louisville - 2011
The Saddle Seat Team at the University of Louisville with Coach, Deveau Zubrod

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Reserve High Point Champions at 2011 UK Horse Show

 National Academy Champions - 2006
   Zubrod - World and National Champions-1999
ISSRA National Champion High Point Rider - Mackenzie Huskamp with coach Deveau Zubrod.