As my birthday approaches and I am getting closer and closer to becoming seventeen, I can’t help but consider my future. College is a scary and exciting thought that has been racking my brain ever since I entered high school. As a freshmen I was just starting to show Bingo at the Arizona Paint Horse Club horse shows. It was immediately evident that Bingo and I were not as skilled as our competition. I threw myself into working Bingo everyday trying so hard to perfect our lope. Previously trainers had brought to my attention that Bingo was just not built to have a perfect lope but I was in denial. Bingo had carried me through my open showing years with grace and we had been named champion multiple times. It did not make sense that my perfect horse had limitations. When collegiate equestrian teams were brought to my attention the pressure on Bingo and I built. I could not imagine having to go through years of college without the creatures that keep me sane. Horseback riding is a stress reliever and showing my passion. By realizing that I want nothing more than to be able to continue my passion throughout college is what eventually led me to realize Bingo has limitations. This is where Belle came in. The search for Belle was a long and extensive one, but it was a worthy one. In the beginning, I was too picky. I wanted a jaw-dropping spotted beauty like Bingo. I wanted spots galore. I wanted a gelding because that is what I had grown used to. I wanted a minimum of 16 hands that excelled in western events. I was shooting for the stars. Eventually after being shown multiple horses and many vet checks falling through I was once again pointed in the direction of Belle. Though she was a brown mare, Lisa continued to point me in her direction. As they say, your trainer knows best. I am so happy that Belle has been added to our family. Everyday I see improvement and she learns so quickly. Belle loves her job and Bingo loves his new one. I could not stand to see Bingo’s talents go to waste and decided that he too needed to move forward. Now he is teaching a new little girl how this crazy world works. She is learning that a lazy horse is the most tiring and rewarding thing out there. She is learning that hard work pays off and I can only hope that she grows to love the equestrian world as much as I have. As for me, I am striving toward a world champion title (hopefully more than one) and a spot on a collegiate equestrian team.
On Monday night, October 13, 2014, the K-State Equestrian Team was informed that the sport would be discontinued following the 2015-16 season. All scholarships would be honored but there was something not quite right about it all. Parents have mobilized, and the entire equestrian community is rallying to do our best to save the program
The story from Athletic Director John Currie is that there was no way to save the sport, that the NCAA was taking it off the list of emerging sports and they needed the money to make room for soccer. He made this announcement before the NCAA vote and also announced that it would be closed down a year prior to the NCAA proposed end. Something doesn’t feel “Family” here and the parents and alumni want to get tot he bottom of it.
The plot thickens as there are actually 4 more votes to remove the Equestrian program from the NCAA, and no other school has cancelled their Equestrian Team as a result of these votes… why then is K-State?
Consider that Currie never mentions Equestrian on twitter but goes on about most every other small sport. Even better, the girls of the K-State Equestrian team are so far undefeated this year and ranked 3rd in the nation. Can we safely say thank you for your overwhelming support AD Currie?
Please stay tuned as this is a rapidly emerging issue and we will attempt to keep everyone up to date
- NCEA Update on NCAA Equestrian – Some Facts to Consider
- AQHA – Women’s Equestrian as an NCAA Emerging Sport – More clarity on the process and NCAA decisions
The NCAA Committee on Women Athletics
Chairman Tom Hall.
Kansas State University
Director John Currie
Upcoming Equestrian Team Schedule
- November 8 – KSU VS OSU – At Kansas State – Get Out and Cheer!
Article from : http://www.save-ksu-equestrian.com/
Briar’s High School had their college fair last week. We were excited to attend and meet with what we thought was going to be an event with several college recruiters. When we arrived, we quickly learned that the majority of college presenters where community colleges and a few Universities. It was clearly a state college recruiting event.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe every opportunity to advance your education, save money on tuition and find the right path for your child is the right choice. However, I was disappointed that it was a state focus event and I feel they should have provided the students with a broader view of what is out there for them. I’m sure it is hard to get other colleges to come, but it would’ve been nice to see several different colleges and have an opportunity to talk with them.
The night however was not a total lost, New Mexico State was there. They were the only University with an NCAA -sanction equestrian team at the event and the recruiter was informative and helpful. NMSU is not on Briar’s list of schools, she would like to attend, however, it is a school she is going to look at. They offer AZ residents WUE status (Western Undergraduate Exchange) which means tuition is the same as a New Mexico resident would be paying. They are in my home state and their pre-season ranking is currently 9. Based on this information we plan on touring and hopefully getting a tour of the equine program (fingers cross we will see a coach). If anything, we will come away with more knowledge of how things work and what we need to do to get on an equestrian team.
The recruiter was surprised how prepared we were, so we are at least on the right track. There are so many rules, expectations, and stuff to muck through that I was glad to hear we are on the right track. Based on that, it looks like I’m doing my part as a parent, now it’s on Briar to keep up grades and ride her butt off to get there.
I just signed up for NCEA (previously NCAA equestrian) and I’m starting my adventures toward attending college. I’m looking at Texas A&M, Georgia , Baylor, and a few others. I hope to get on an Equestrian team and ride during my college career.
I’m excited to tour the colleges and start putting my video’s together. It’s time to work hard and show what I can do.