The July Equiery just hit the stores and is full of contributions by this year’s summer interns Sara Gordon, Leanna Bostrom and Elizabeth Scully. You can read all about them on page 17 and then see what they wrote and the photos they have been taking throughout the issue. Below are a few newsy items relating to young riders competing at the high school and collegiate levels.
NCAA Continues Support of Equestrians
In April, the Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) confirmed its support for equestrian sports remaining on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Emerging Sports list, based on new organizational efforts, membership feedback and potential growth. In 2014, the committee had recommended that equestrian sports be dropped from the list due to the small number of schools with NCAA equestrian teams. However, since then, multiple updates on the progress of the sport offered a new perspective.
IEA Coaches Program
On June 6, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) announced that it will continue its member Referral Program for the 2016-2017 season. The Referral Program provides adult IEA members with a cash reward for each new equine professional member they refer to the IEA. There is no limit on how many rewards a member can earn. “The Referral Program held during the 2015-2016 membership year was a great success, bringing in 36 new coaches, creating 48 new teams and enrolling 268 new rider members,” said IEA membership marketing coordinator Jennifer Eaton.