April 30, 2007
Written by Kristen Delisle
The Texas Tech Equestrian Team team has grown to about 30 riders of both English and Western disciplines and is open to all registered students.
From humble beginnings, the Texas Tech Equestrian Team now garners national attention.
Three members of the team, seniors Robin Morris and Allison Griest, along with junior Julia Lindholm, will make their way to West Springfield, Mass. to compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships May 3-6.
"The Texas Tech Equestrian Team is excited to send so many riders to IHSA Nationals," said Griest, also the team’s secretary. "Our team hopes to send more riders next year and in the years to come."
Morris, the team’s western riding coach, was named high point rider – the highest honor a competitor can receive – for Zone 7, Region 1. She won third place at the National Open Horsemanship competition in 2005.
Griest, a western rider, participated on March 24 in the National Western Semi-Final Championship hosted by Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Griest was awarded second place reserve champion honors to earn a place at the national championship.
English rider Lindholm participated March 31 in the Zone 7, Region 1 Zone championships, earning second place in the Intermediate Flat class.
The Texas Tech Equestrian team is a club sport that started at the university roughly 10 years ago. The team has grown to about 30 riders of both English and Western disciplines, and is open to all registered students who are interested in horses, improving their riding skills and competing in competitions on a college level. Riders compete with colleges across the country, based based upon their discipline and level of riding experience.
Stephanie Miles, a junior agricultural communications major, has been with the team since 2004 and enjoys riding and taking trips to compete against other universities.
“My favorite part is getting to ride horses all the time," says Miles. "We get to ride for free as long as we want. It’s a lot of fun, and getting the experience of having someone teach you really shows you what it’s all about.”
As president for the team for the 2007-2008 school year, Miles says she would like to see the team beat their top competitor, West Texas A&M, for a team spot in the national competition.
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