@UTM_Equestrian March 22

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and  turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: University of Tennessee-Martin

Location: Martin TN

As a former university athletic director I did get asked to explore a feasibility study on having equestrian added to our university sport offering. I was surprised to learn just what schools do offer equestrian on the NCAA Level. The list is below and it includes University of Tennessee-Martin.


UT Martin owes its existence to the Hall Moody Institute. From that beginning we have the UT Martin of today.

UT Martin

In 1900 The Hall-Moody Institute was established by the Baptists of Martin and the Beulah Association of Northwest Tennessee for the purpose of giving religious and denominational training to the young people of this region. The founders of school decided to name the school in honor of two eminent Baptist ministers, J. N. Hall and J. B. Moody. The site of the school was originally in the suburbs of Martin, Tennessee on the main road from Union City.

By the mid 1920’s, however, the school had run into serious debt and in 1926 the Tennessee Baptist Convention decided to consolidate Hall-Moody with its sister college Union College.  Just prior to the school’s demise, the Tennessee State Legislature authorized the establishment of a University of Tennessee Junior College on February 10, 1927. The legislative bill also authorized the funds to purchase the Hall-Moody campus as the future site of this new junior college. That junior college would eventually become the University of Tennessee-Martin.

UT Martin nicknamed the Skyhawks added equestrian in 2005 and have quite a large roster as the picture below show.

UT Martin Roster






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