Colgate Equestrian Team Rides On

Anna Reagan, Michelle Simon and Mackenzie Bower

Although just a club sport, the Colgate Equestrian team has certainly established itself as a force to be reckoned with. Little known to most of the Colgate campus, Colgate’s equestrians consistently pose a major threat to the club and varsity riders within their region, which is the most competitive in the country. They also compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association along with 400 other schools nationwide.

Freezing temperatures do not stop the team from riding and competing year round. The team rides twice a week at Saddleback Farm with Coach Anna Hackney and travels to horse shows eight times a year. Because the team does not currently have adequate facilities or horses to hold their own shows, the team travels to schools such as SUNY Morrisville, Hartwick College, Cornell University and Skidmore College to compete. This season, Colgate finished fourth in the region and sent six riders to Regionals.

“It has been a great season for us,” sophomore captain Mackenzie Bower said. “Our team finished better than we did last year and we have a lot to be proud of, especially since we are a club team competing against varsity teams.”

In addition to an outstanding season, the team is expanding its resource base. The Colgate Equestrian Team now accepts horse donations. This is a huge development for the team because the value of a donated horse is often much greater than what the school’s program could afford on its own. Therefore, donated horses allow the team to practice on horses akin to those they compete on and will make the team even more competitive within the region. The team is also planning a number of fundraisers for next year. Look for them at the Farmer’s Market in the fall, and be sure to attend try-outs in September if you’re interested in becoming a member!

Anyone interested in horse donations or joining the equestrian team should contact [email protected]