Winter Show (Northwestern Equestrian Team)
Who we are:
We are the Northwestern University Equestrian Team. While we love our sport, we also cherish the community that it builds. Although our teammates range from undergraduate to graduate students and beginners to world-renowned riders, we are all able to bond over our shared passion for horses and the equestrian sport. We practice at Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding, located in Lake Forest, Illinois, under the guidance of our coach, Meggie Cramer. In addition to practice, we volunteer regularly for our barn. This includes working with children in its therapeutic riding program and helping out with various chores, such as taking care of the horses and painting paddock fences. We also compete against neighboring colleges through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) over fences and on the flat.
Our team is fortunate enough to be working with Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding to host a competition for the IHSA-registered college teams in our region. We are a smaller team and therefore have not had the opportunity to host a competition in recent years. For 2018, we have decided to follow our ambition and give back to the colleges in our region who have been generous in hosting shows and supporting our teammates. Because our region is small and does not offer many showing opportunities, it is difficult for nearby colleges to advance to the final shows at the national level. By hosting a show, our team would in turn help these riders advance toward their equestrian dreams and goals. Our show will take place on January 27, 2018 and, as one would expect, will take a full team effort to plan and execute.
How you can help:
Costs include hiring a judge for the duration of the show, renting our barn’s facilities for the day, using our barn’s horses and trailering in horses from other nearby barns, stocking a concession stand, ordering ribbons for each class level and other fees associated with equestrian competitions.
Your donations are a tremendous help to the team and will help make this dream a reality. While we are different from most club and varsity sports at Northwestern University, we work hard to maintain a strong presence on campus and in the surrounding community.
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