Thursday, March 21, 2019

About the Team

The Western Washington University Equestrian Team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, Zone 8, Region 4. We compete with other schools throughout Washington, Oregon and British Columbia both individually and as a team in Hunt Seat Equitation and Western Equitation.  Our riders range in skill level from beginning walk-trot to open over fences and reining.  We practice Western at the Westby Equine Center and English at Twin Maples Farm, both in Lynden, WA.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Meeting 10/18/16

Meeting 10/18/16

To start off the meeting we talked about needing to finish the player registration packet, which can be found on orgsync. We need this done by this Friday. Next, we asked people who would be interested in driving to shows. The people who volunteered we told to go on Orgsync and fill out the Vehicle Registration Form and give your license to Emily to take a picture of so she can give that to the school.

Next we talked about the show this weekend. We reminded everyone of show etiquette such as safe driving, and sportsmanship. for the new members we let them know to bring money for their owns food and to dress warmly and bring money for their class. We also assigned a team photographer, which will be Sophie.

We will be competing at WSU this weekend. Hunt Seat will go on Saturday starting at 8, warm up at 7. This show will be judged by Sally Collins. Western will go in Sunday starting at 8, warm up at 7 and it will be judged by Gena Loper. The show will be held at Palouse Empire Fairgrounds in Colfax, WA. The team will be staying at the Super 8 Moscow in Idaho.

We will be leaving on Friday at 4 and meeting in the C-lots at 3:30. For those driving we will be meeting in the C-lots at 1:30 to go pick up the cars from Enterprise. 

For those not going to the show this weekend, we will be volunteering at Western Fall Welcome.

Next weekend, October 29th, we will be having a clinic for the western riders with Roger Saur. This will start at 9am at Westby Equine Center.

The first two weekend of November we have Double Western Shows at LBCC and CWU. We took down names of people who potentially want to go.

Lastly, we took orders for team gear

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

First All Team Meeting: 10/4/16

First off. to introduce everyone we played a fun trivia game where we mixed up old members and new members. The old members had to explain something about the team super quick to a new member and then the new member had to explain it o everyone. The winning team got a prize.

We then received everyone schedules so we can put together lessons for the team. Lessons start next week.

We passed out the liability form from the school to have everyone sign.

Next we passed around "the Big list" which includes (Full Name, W#, Level, email, phone number, if you have a car, height and weight) . If you ever have to get ahold of someone on the team refer to that list.

We talked about dues for the team. $250 for twice a week and $125 for once a week and non-comp team. Also we talked about paying the dues for IHSA.

Next we talked about serious rules of the team.
  • Attendance mandatory
  • Missing lessons
  • And missing volunteer events that you signed up for without letting us know 24 hours in advance
-we have a 3 strike rule

There will be a movie night this friday at Courtneys apartment.

This Saturday we are having a Demo day for new members and anyone who wants a refresher on how to tack up a horse both Western and English. Time TBD, we will send you an email.

We talked about our first clinic on October 29th or 30th for western riders with Roger Saur.

Volunteering: October 15th-whatcom humane society
     October 22nd-western welcome

We took a list of people who tentatively want to go to the WSU show which will he held October 22nd and 23rd at the Colfax Fairgrounds.

Lastly, we had both our coaches come and talk about their barn rules and expectations for the team.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Summer and Beginning of the Year!

Hello Equestrians! We are super excited for the season to start! With the new year brought a couple new officers to the board! Johanna as our VP, Callie as our treasurer, and Courtney as Secretary (that's me)! And of course we will still have our other lovely officers Emily at our President, and Mikayla as Show Secretary!

With the end of summer I reached out to a couple members of our team to ask what fun horsey things they did this summer. One of our officers Johanna spent the summer working at a horse camp all summer! Here is her story. " I was a camp counselor at Lang's Horse and Pony Farm all summer. I worked with a lot of different kids, most of which had never been around horses before, drank a lot of water, worked long days, and, of course, cleaned up a half ton of poop (literally!). One of my favorite memories was when we held an employee barrel race in July. Almost all of my coworkers are gamers and have their own horses, go to Friday Night Lights, basically, they know what they'd doing! Me, not so much. I have gamed one time in my life, at a 4-H fun day in a tall, clunky Appy who didn't really like to go fast and who wasn't patterned. Most of the horses and some of the ponies on the farm are patterned, and love to play games. So, to say I wasn't nervous would be a lie! I got this awesome tb bay mare named Lalique, who has one of the smoothest lopes I've ever ridden. So, anyways, this was a pretty big thing. We'd literally work the arena for 3 days, with everyone taking turns picking out rocks. Some girls trailered in their own horses. All of the overnight campers and some parents came to watch. The barrels were measured out to exact distances and we had a laser start/stop timer. Everyone would get in the arena 3 times, the first not for a time. On our first go, we looked like we knew what to do. Nice easy lope, took the first barrel nice, looked up for the second, by the time we headed for the third, I felt good. We hit the third barrel and Lalique turned sharp...and I didn't! yes. I fell off, right into that nice, soft dirt, right on my butt, right in front of my boss and coworkers. The only thing that I hurt was my pride. I got back on and we ran our other times and had a good (slow) time, but that was a fun, slightly embarrassing thing that happened!"

Another member of our team made a huge accomplishment this summer! Throughout the spring Lily was teaching Mariah how to ride English on Lily's horse Willow. At the end of the summer Mariah and Willow tried to jump and they executed it perfectly!

I can't wait to hear what everyone else did this summer!!
Second, lets get down the business. Classes start next Wednesday September 21. With the start of school means beginning of our season! If you are new to the team or have any questions about this coming year come see us at our booth at Info Fair on the 19th, and 20th. If you are interested in joining and can't make it to Info fair, come to our new member meeting on SEPTEMBER 21 IN ROOM 115 OF THE COMMUNICATIONS BUILDING AT 7PM. Western tryouts will be Sept. 25 at Westby Equine Center and English tryouts will be October 1st or 2nd weather depending.

Show dates are up!
October 22nd/23rd-WSU Single Hunt, Single Western
November 5th- LBCC Double Western
November 12th/13th- CWU Double Western

January 14th/15th- OSU Double Hunt
February 4/5th- WWU Single Hunt, Single Western
Late February: REGIONALS

See everyone soon!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

5-10-16 Meeting

We introduced a new member of the officer board Johanna. She will be the Vice President next year. Lily, who was formerly elected vice president stepped down because she is transferring to Whatcom Community College next year.

Next we talked about Volunteering Events for the rest of the year. this weekend on Saturday we are volunteering at Animals for Natural Therapy. Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will be helping Habitat for Humanity with setting up for their auction. Our final volunteering we talked about was Ski to Sea over Memorial Day Weekend.

We discussed our end of the year party as well! it will be a potluck style on June 3rd from 6-8 at Leanna's, Elizabeth's and Ashley's house!

Our English Coach Suzy needs help painting jumps so we discussed that with the team and are still trying to figure out a date.

Finally we voted for Best English and Western horse. Results will be revealed at our end of the year party!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Up Coming Events as of 4/20/16


Saturday, April 23: Whatcom Humane Society

They need people to come and set up for a dinner event. This includes grooming and possibly braiding the horses, as well as helping with any cleaning or set up they need
We still need people to sign up!!!!! 
If interested, shoot an email to the team account 

Team Bonding:

Kentucky Derby Party

Theme: Classy AF
Bring: Appetizers and Lemonade 
When: May 7th 
Where: Leanna, Elizabeth and Ashley's House
Time: Any time after 2, be there by 2:45 so as not to miss any of the horses
Race time: 3:34
Dress code: Hats

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Meeting Notes 3/8

We turned in our schedules for Spring riding.  If you are planning on riding spring quarter, you need to bring your schedule to the officer board as soon as possible.

We are still meeting at Rudy's Pizza tomorrow at 7:30 for team bonding.

We also hosted officer elections. Those elected are:
Courtney for Secretary
Lily for Vice President
Callie for Treasurer

Finally, we have several volunteering events coming up. These are the rock climbing competition, the bicycling competition and potentially Western Welcome (if we have enough people sign up.) In addition, we have the potential for a tour at Faith Equestrian Center and future volunteering events there, so if you are interested in touring the facility, let Keelin know.

2015 English Team

2015 English Team
2015 English Team