Many of the top equestrian student athletes in the country are competing this weekend at the NCAA Equestrian National Championship in Waco, Texas. The championship includes team and individual competition in both western and hunt seat.
NCAA equestrian competition is different than the more widespread Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competition. In the NCAA, equestrian is a women’s sport. Many of the riders on these teams are receiving athletic scholarships for their equestrian participation. However, the NCAA places restrictions on how many competitions, intercollegiate or otherwise, its riders may compete in during the year. They are also not allowed to win prize money at shows.
Teams and riders must qualify for the championships through regional competition. Individual champions will be named in four different divisions: Equitation on the Flat; Equitation over Fences; Western Horsemanship; and Reining. Team championship titles are awarded in the broader categories of hunter and western.
Last year’s hunt seat champions, the University of Georgia, and western champions, Texas A&M, will be back to defend their titles this year.
NCAA Equestrian uses a bracket system similar to NCAA Basketball. The teams are seeded based on their regular season performance, and will be paired off in competition using the same group of horses as the team they are competing against.
Click here to see the hunt seat team bracket.
Click here to see the western bracket.
Click here to see the individual brackets.
The following teams, in order of seed, have qualified for the 2010 NCAA Equestrian Championship.
|English Teams||Western Teams|
University of Georgia
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