SMU Equestrian is very proud to announce the addition of a western team. Currently, SMU has an english team only. However, we will be adding a western team beginning in the 2013-2014 season.
The western team will include two disciplines, horsemanship and reining. In horsemanship, a rider is judged on their ability to control the horse while maintaining the correct riding position. The rider follows a precise pattern that consists of multiple maneuvers. The rider and horse execute each maneuver with subtle aids and cues as they exhibit elegance and confidence with the correct body position. In reining, the pattern includes small slow circles, fast larger circles, flying lead changes and 360 degree spins. Reining is also composed of sliding stops that are an exciting part of the reining pattern.
SMU is actively recruiting horsemanship and reining riders. We are also looking for donation horses, with previous show experience and specialized training to add to our western program. Donating a horse to a NCAA Equestrian program is a great option for owners seeking a tax deduction. In addition, we are welcoming tack donations, whether it be saddles, reins, blankets, stirrups, leathers, bits, etc. If you are interested in riding for the SMU team and/or would like to support the team with a donation, please contact one of the SMU coaches for further details.
With this new discipline, SMU will be eligible to compete for the overall NCEA championship title. SMU Equestrian is really looking forward to this new endeavor.
Please send all inquiries and resumes/videos to the following coaches:
Head Coach Haley Schoolfield (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assistant Coach Natalie Burton (email: email@example.com)
All the support and donations are greatly appreciated!
Until next time, Pony Up!