NCAA Continues Support of Collegiate Equestrian
The National Collegiate Equestrian Association, the association that oversees the sport of equestrian for women at the collegiate level, has received notification of continued support from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for the sport of Division I Collegiate Equestrian, which currently is on the NCAA’s list of Emerging Sports for Women.
The NCAA’s new Strategic Vision and Planning Committee, as part of the NCAA Division I Council, recently reviewed the September 2014 recommendation from the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics to remove equestrian from the list of emerging sports for women in Division I athletics.
The SVPC voted to table the CWA’s recommendation at its recent June 22, 2015, meeting, helping to ensure that equestrian remains a viable sport within the NCAA structure and will continue to function and flourish as a Division I collegiate sport. The committee noted that although equestrian, after 13 years, does not meet the minimum NCAA standards as a sport, they believe that further discussions are warranted. The SVPC plans to look specifically at student-athlete participation and opportunities that equestrian and other sports offer.
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