The National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Committee on Women’s Athletics recently recommended to remove equestrian from the list of emerging sports. APHA recognizes the impact Women’s Equestrian programs can have on the development of young horsewomen in the equine industry.
Anyone interested in preserving Women’s Equestrian’s status as a valuable NCAA emerging sport is urged to voice their support for Women’s Equestrian with university and NCAA personnel who might have voices in the decision-making process regarding the sport at the local and national levels. Below is a list of resources that might be useful in voicing your support.
Update as of October 8, 2015 —
NCEA Executive Director Leah Holland Florentino reports the CWA no longer has plans to recommend removal of equestrian from the NCAA list of emerging sports. Read more on collegiateequestrian.com.
Update as of February 5, 2015 —
NCEA Executive Director Leah Holland Florentino outlines key facts about NCEA programs—check them out on collegiateequestrian.com.
Update as of January 22, 2015 —
Dr. Leah Holland Florentino was named the National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s new executive director on December 30. Read a letter on collegiateequestrian.com from Dr. Florentino regarding the NCEA, the status of Equestrian as an NCAA sport and her goals.
Update as of November 17, 2014 —
The University of Tennessee – Martin has announced its decision to discontinue its varsity Women’s Equestrian team at the conclusion of the 2015–2016 season. This is the second institution to announce plans to discontinue their Women’s Equestrian programs following an NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics’ recommendation that equestrian be removed from the organization’s list of “emerging sports.” Read the apha.com news story here.
Two key events that impact the future of Women’s Equestrian and its affiliation with the NCAA are planned for December 2014. On December 2–3, a meeting of NCAA-level Women’s Equestrian coaches will take place in Dallas, Texas; a meeting for athletic directors from institutions that offer NCAA-level Equestrian programs will take place December 12, also in Dallas.
It’s more important than ever to rally support for Women’s Equestrian’s status in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its future at participating institutions. APHA members are encouraged to contact decision-makers—including NCAA officials, university presidents, university athletic directors and Women’s Equestrian coaches—to voice their support for the future of varsity equestrian programs and their value to the horse industry.
Update as of November 4, 2014 ––
What was the basis for the CWA recommendation?
- According to NCAA policy an emerging sport has a 10-year window to achieve a minimum of 40 schools and therefore advance from emerging to full status
- Equestrian did not meet the 40-school minimum within the 10-year window
- The CWA was acting in accordance with this policy.
Is the CWA recommendation already officially approved and active?
- The recommendation has not been formally adopted by NCAA.
- Currently equestrian is still classified as an NCAA emerging sport and all existing programs are still in operation.
- It was originally reported that the CWA recommendation would come up for review on a legislative council agenda October 20, then would proceed through various NCAA governance entities through October 29.
- Equestrian was not discussed and the CWA recommendation was not voted upon during the October 20 meeting.
- It is now believed that the CWA recommendation will be brought up for initial council review in January 2015.
Resource Guide: Talking Points to Support NCAA Women’s Equestrian Programs
Resource Guide: NCAA DIvision I and II Equestrian Teams
Contact information for head coaches, athletic directors and university presidents with NCEA teams