The University’s club equestrian team recently completed one of the best seasons The University has ever seen.
After its most recent show, the team received its results for standings in the region and came in at an impressive fourth place overall.
The team competed against several other high-ranking equestrian teams from schools like Rutgers University, Moravian College, Lehigh University, Lafayette College, Kutztown University and Princeton University, which made the fourth-place ranking all the more satisfying.
A typical year for the team consists of 10 or 11 shows per year, with the majority taking place in the fall semester. This year they had eight shows in the fall and three in the spring.
As the season has now come to an end, sophomore Katelyn Langford reflected on the fantastic season the team has had, and what being a member of the team consisted of.
“My favorite part about being on the team is definitely my teammates. They’re all such great people and they make waking up before 5 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays as enjoyable as possible,” Langford said. “Horseback riding is generally a very individual sport, but when we come into college we have a transition to riding on a team. It’s a really cool dynamic having your team being able to support one another.”
Langford also noted that the individualistic aspect of the sport is undeniable, however.
“It’s still an individual sport because when it comes down to it, it’s just you and the horse,” Langford said.
The team, which made its goal to just do the best they could this year, was thrilled with the results it has seen, and looks forward to continue building itself up for years to come.