Published 01/22/2015 - 2:58 p.m. CDT

The NCEA has reorganized into a more inclusive, proactive structure with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness," Fiorentino states. Photo © USC Gamecocks
As you may know, several challenges emerged for college equestrian programs during this past fall season. Today, I want to provide you with the most current information about the NCEA and the progress we have made over the past few months to support the coaches and student-athletes.

Published 11/17/2014 - 12:00 p.m. CDT

In light of this announcement, it’s more important than ever to rally support for Women’s Equestrian’s status in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Photo © APHA
APHA and the entire horse industry is saddened to hear the University of Tennessee–Martin has decided to discontinue its varsity Women’s Equestrian program following its 2015–2016 season.This follows on the heels of Kansas State University’s announcement in October that their program is being dissolved.

Published 10/20/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"I hope everyone will do their part to support the NCAA schools right now to save the sport of equestrian," Johnna Letchworth states.
The recent announcement that Kansas State University was going to discontinue its sponsorship of equestrian at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season sent shock waves through the entire horse industry. The University's decision was based on the recommendation from the Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) to remove equestrian from the emerging sports list. spoke with past NCEA alumni who passionately addressed these new developments.

Rating: 17
Published 04/19/2014 - 11:48 p.m. CDT

It was the program's sixth national title and the first since 2010. Georgia ends its season with an overall record of 11-4. Photo © Georgia
The Georgia equestrian team brought home the 2014 NCEA National Championship when it defeated Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina an 8-8 (2,323.5-2,219) in a rematch of the SEC Championship on Saturday, April 19 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. It was the program's sixth national title and the first since 2010. Georgia ends its season with an overall record of 11-4.

Published 04/18/2014 - 11:35 a.m. CDT

Pictured here at the NCEA Championships, Georgia team member Charley Thiel and Paige Stawicki's mother, Beverley Bass.
The nation’s top-12 teams will vie for the 2014 National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championship, set to take place April 17-19 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. Beginning with the 2014 championship, the top-12 overall teams (Western and Hunt Seat combined) are invited to compete. The NCEA Selection Committee determines and invites these teams based on a number of factors throughout the season.

Published 03/22/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

"Ella is an elite athlete and its incredible she could recover like that," Fiorentino said. " Photo © TCU

Determination, hope and the will to live are traits that people assume only apply to humans, but that is simply not true. TCU's top 10 equestrian horse "Ella" is the personification of these traits. Many underestimate the role horses play in the success of equestrian as a competitive sport. When in truth, it can be said that the horses are the lifeblood of the sport. 

Published 04/21/2013 - 7:35 p.m. CDT

“Definitely the friendships I have made," Indy Roper said when talking about what experience to date in her collegiate career has had the most impact on her.
Meghan Murphy will be covering the 2013 NCEA National Championships in Waco for The NCEA Championships wrapped up Saturday evening with the overall title going to Auburn after a sudden death ride-off against Georgia. Auburn also won the Hunter Seat Championship. The top Western seed, Oklahoma State, won the Western title after a 6-2 victory over Kansas State.

Rating: 15
Published 04/21/2013 - 1:08 a.m. CDT

Auburn University's head equestrian coach, Greg Williams, is doused with water after his team wins the 2013 overall NCEA national title. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) Scroll to the bottom for more photos from the competition.
Auburn University clinched the overall national equestrian title April 20 at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association national finals in Waco, Texas. After Auburn won the English bracket, Auburn and the University of Georgia were tied for the overall championship, leading to a “sudden death” playoff.

Published 04/17/2013 - 4:38 p.m. CDT

"I think we've had a great couple of weeks of practice and everybody is feeling really good right now," South Carolina head coach Boo Major said. Photo © Gamecock Equestrian
No. 1 South Carolina begins action at the 2013 National Collegiate Equestrian Association's (NCEA) National Championships on Thursday at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. This year's championships run Thursday through Saturday and it also marks the first year of the single-elimination format. This is the seventh consecutive year that Waco and Baylor University have hosted the national championships.