Riders join new group for NCAA approval
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:00 pm
In order to expand the sport of equestrian as a NCAA championship sport, Varsity Equestrian has established the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.
The NCEA will serve as the voice for the sport within college athletics and will be a stepping-stone in the growth of the sport.
“The transition of Varsity Equestrian to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association is a very positive step that will give us a boost toward our goal of achieving championship status with the NCAA,” said Casie Lisabeth, NCEA president and Kansas State University equestrian coach.
“The support of the American Quarter Horse Association and the United States Equestrian Foundation has been key in making NCEA possible. This change will help further educate the public about collegiate equestrian and help increase opportunities for young women by adding more universities and growing the sport in NCAA championship status.”
Since being recognized as a NCAA emerging sport in 1998, Equestrian has been governed by the Varsity Equestrian Steering Committee, along with support from the American Quarter Horse Association and the United States Equestrian Federation to develop opportunities for equestrian student-athletes.
“It is truly exciting to see increased opportunities for our young riders through the ongoing development of equestrian sport within college athletics,” said John Long, chief executive officer of the USEF.
“There has been tremendous effort put forth by the members of the varsity equestrian steering committee and I congratulate them on the creation of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association. This will be a catalyst to help advance equestrian into championship sport status with the NCAA.”
To learn more about NCEA and its mission of advocating collegiate equestrian opportunities visit www.collegiateequestrian.com.
UT Martin’s season resumes against Kansas State and New Mexico State on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28, beginning at 9 a.m. both days.
UTM’s winter clinic will be Feb. 25. Published in The WCP 1.17.12