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Equestrian team jumps to new heights


By NewsTeam Boulde... - Posted on 12 October 2010

The CU women won all their competitions this season. Last year they took numerous women to the regional championships. This year, they have their sites set on nationals. Yet despite all their success, many students at CU are not aware they exist.

English rider Nikki Zuccarello knows that their achievements go largely unnoticed, but hopes that one day that will change. “I want [people] to know that we exist, we actually do. We’re here and we’re doing great.”

The English Team
The Equestrian team is broken down into two separate teams: English and Western. The English team features show jumping and the movement and form of the horses. These shows are common in Europe and include events shown in the Olympics.

Whitney Wickes said that while the English competitions are not very big in the United States, they are a popular past time in Europe. They go to horse events kind of like we go to football events.”

The Western Team
The Western team focuses on the control a rider has over their horse. This competition arose from cattle-working traditions, which required riders to have firm direction over their horses. In Western horse shows, the riders are decked out in jeans, cowboy boots and hats, keeping with the Old West tradition.

With the team off to a great start the women are looking towards regionals, hoping to erase a disappointing season from the year before.

“We’re definitely pushing for it this year. We were super close to going to regionals last year . . . literally a point behind the team that beat us,” said Nikki Zuccarello.

Over 40 college women from all experience levels are on the roster. Though their skills range from beginner to advanced, everyone has a change to compete, making it a fun and friendly environment while maintaining a competitive edge over the rest of the region.

Additional Links:
CU Collegiate Equestrian site: http://www.colorado.edu/recreation/clubsports/clubs/equestrian.html

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association:
http://www.ihsainc.com/

The United State Equestrian Team Foundation:
http://www.uset.org/