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The NCAA has announced its continued support of the equestrian sport at the Division I Level.
A new strategic committee voted to table an earlier recommendation of the Committee on Women’s Athletics to remove equestrian from the emerging sports list. This second chance may give the sport another opportunity to remain a viable option within the NCAA structure.
“The equestrian community came together to voice its strong support for women’s collegiate equestrian programs across the nation,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino, executive director of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA).
The NCAA website says equestrian has had a decade to attract 40 schools. The NCAA kept equestrian after those 10 years because the sport was growing. Although, in recent years the sport appears to have plateaued in terms of growth.
“We look forward to working with the NCAA to increase the number of NCAA equestrian teams,” Dr. Fiorentino adds.
The equestrian sport is currently only sponsored by 22 NCAA schools twelve-years after its inception. Equestrian will continue as an emerging sport until the number of teams passes the current 40 team criteria needed to achieve championship sport status.
NCEA’s National Advisory Board (NAB) states its focus is making equestrian the first non-revenue generating sport to be financially independent.