USU Equestrian team on their way to national competition

For the second time in history, the USU Western Horsemanship Equestrian team qualified for the national competition to be held May 5-8 and will likely fund their own way to Lexington, Ky. The team will be paying for the trip primarily out of their own pockets due to a lack of funding and the expense of the semifinal tournament. Lauren Doyle, a qualifier in the event, said this will include plane tickets and living expenses, but the team is still dedicated to going. “It’s not up in the air at all. We’re still going for sure,” Doyle said. Efforts are being made to raise money, but because of short notice and a slow economy, the club has limited options, said Colette Floyd, head coach of the USU Equestrian Club. “With such short timing, finals week approaching and preparations being made for the trip, there is a lot of stress put on us,” Floyd said. “As far as fundraising goes with the economy the way it is, there has been a lot of work for very little return.” The team, as well as many individual USU performers, qualified for the national IHSA tournament by placing second among a group of highly accredited Equine programs in the Western Semifinals in Findlay, Ohio, in March. The tournament was one of three regional competitions held nationwide, each allowing only the top three teams to move on to nationals. “The Utah State University Intercollegiate Equestrian Team competes regionally in Western Horsemanship, Reining, and English hunter both on the flat and over fences … as a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (,” according to the USU Equestrian Club’s official website. The competition in Lexington will accommodate…

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