Hey Y’all. After an exciting first two weeks of school, practice and workouts, SMU Equestrian continues to work hard! The team is currently preparing for a preseason scrimmage on Saturday, September 8th, against Baylor University at BuckBranch Farm, the home of the SMU Equestrian Team. In addition to welcoming new freshmen teammates to the roster, SMU Equestrian also welcomes a new donation horse to the Hilltop.
Audrey and Debra Miller recently donated Dinero to the Southern Methodist University Equestrian Team this past summer. Coming from a barn in Houston, Dinero previously showed in the High Children’s Jumpers. The 14 year old, gray gelding is expected to be a great asset to the team.
Since Dinero has only been a part of the SMU Equestrian Team for a few short months, he has needed a little more attention over the past two weeks compared to some of the other SMU seasoned horses. However, Dinero has acclimated quite nicely to his new home at BuckBranch and more importantly to the SMU Equestrian riders. The SMU Equestrian girls and coaches are very excited about the newest addition to the team.
During a NCAA Division I Equestrian Competition, the difficulty lies in the fact that the visiting school borrows the hosting school’s horses. Therefore, if SMU travels to another school for a competition, SMU will ride the opposing team’s horses. Conversely, if SMU hosts a competition at home, both teams will compete on SMU horses, in which the horses are randomly assigned to the rider. It is essential for the SMU Equestrian riders to know their horses kinks and quirks inside and out in order to assure the highest scores possible at home competitions. Due to the fact that the home team competes on familiar horses, which they ride at practices prior to the home competition, the hosting team often has the home-field advantage.
SMU Equestrian has been working the past two weeks towards getting the newest addition of the team in tiptop shape and ready to compete. Dinero will be one of the many SMU-owned horses competing on Saturday, September 8th, as the SMU Equestrian Team kicks off the season at BuckBranch Farm. Come out and support the SMU Equestrian Team!
- Sophomore, Courtney Line, and Dinero spending some quality time getting to know each other
On a side note, SMU Equestrian is currently looking for a few more donation horses. Please contact Southern Methodist University’s Equestrian Head Coach, Haley Schoolfield, with any inquiries.
Until next time, Pony Up!