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.