Dear Fellow Equestrian,
Thank you for your interest in our Women's Equestrian Team. We are proud to be the 20th Varsity team at SUNY Geneseo. We compete in Region 2 Zone 2 in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). This past year, we finished fourth out of fourteen teams in our region. As the coach of the team, I would like to give you some more information about our program.
The size of the team is between 30-32 members per year. We welcome all level of riders from Beginner (Walk/Trot in IHSA) to Advanced (Open). Of course, we are always looking for a good rider, but even more so, we're looking for people who are dedicated, passionate about the sport, and open to learning new skills. We will be holding a barn orientation which will consist of you riding. I would like to see you ride several times before I make a decision about the team. If you are coming to Geneseo and you are still interested about the team, then please contact me about informational meetings in the early fall. Team members are expected to ride in two lessons per week and “hack” or exercise on the horse without taking a lesson, one-two more times per week. Lessons are group lessons ranging from 3-5 riders in a lesson, for an hour. All lessons and transportation are provided for by the college.
The Non-Competing Team
Also known as the Club Team, this group of young ladies does not compete in IHSA shows but is still an integral part of the program. The Club Team members usually take one lesson per week which they pay on their own. Club Team members are more than welcome to hack horses any number of times per week for no extra charge. The riders on the Club Team are given the same respect and support as the riders of the Varsity Team. In fact, many lessons will be mixed Club and Varsity due to scheduling. We try to promote unity and support throughout all of the riders at Geneseo.
The home of the Equestrian Team is Leg Up Stables. The property is located 3 miles from the college and spans over 200 acres. There are about 75 horses on the farm representing many different breeds. The facility is set up to support breeding, training, and riding instruction. Outside of team activities, riders may become involved in the training of green horses. Boarding is also an option for those bringing their own horses to school. For those interested in boarding information, please contact me.
The Horse Shows
Because we are an IHSA Team, we compete in 6-8 horse shows per year. 2-3 of these shows will be hosted by our team and all riders are expected to work hard to get the job done. We compete in one of the largest and most competitive regions in the country and ride against 13-15 other schools. Many of our horses are used in the shows.
I hope that this will be a good base of information for you to start out with. If you have any other questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can send more specialized information when I know what you're looking for.
If you would like to learn more about the team from a team member's perspective, feel free to contact either of this year's captains, Emma Witherwax or Cassie Ingalls. They would be happy to answer any questions you have about the team. If you would like to schedule an appointment for a barn visit, please call the barn at 585-243-3579.
I appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to meeting you upon your arrival at Geneseo!
Women's Varsity Equestrian Team