Last fall, Rebecca Dennee ’10 attended the HWS Club Fair, hoping to join the Equestrian Club, only to find it defunct. Midway through the semester, she and floormate Cassie Carnright ’10 decided to revive the club, and in the spring, began organizing rides at Horse Heaven, a stable in Clifton Springs. Now, under Coach Sarah Barge ’02, they ride at Field Stone Equestrian Center in Canandaigua.
Fully re-established, the club and its co-captains Dennee and Carnright are looking for support from the student government, as well as alumnae and alumni, as they work toward varsity sport status. Many schools comparable to HWS are now establishing equestrian teams and the top-of-the-line stables and facilities that traditionally accompany them. Schools in the upstate area, including Skidmore, Cornell and Cazenovia, boast exceptional varsity equestrian resources. Creating a varsity equestrian team could boost the competitive athletic edge at HWS in comparison to other schools with emerging or established equestrian programs.
Currently, 18 of the approximately two dozen club members compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, established in April 1999 with the purpose of promoting competition for riders of any skill level regardless of financial status. Students compete individually and as team members at both regional and national levels. This year the HWS club will ride in shows competing against Hartwick, Cornell, Skidmore, RPI, and RIT.
Competing members of the HWS club are committed to riding twice each week and attending a majority of the shows. Non-competing members generally ride once per week and are encouraged to attend shows. Times of official meetings should be posted early next semester, if not sooner.
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