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 at the Westby Equine Center in Lynden, WA.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Up Coming Events as of 4/20/16

Volunteering

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.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Meeting Notes 3/1

Hello everyone.

First, we have several volunteering opportunities. Remember, you must have 10 hours of volunteering in order to be on the team next year. We keep track of everyone's hours, and the person with the most hours wins a special reward. Spring Quarter is a great time to volunteer because we have no shows and less lessons!

Saturday, March 12 we have an opportunity to volunteer at a rock-climbing competition from 8 am to 4 pm (or noon).

Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 we have an opportunity to volunteer for the cycling team with two shifts possible: Morning shift, which would be in charge of sweeping; Afternoon shift, which would be manning the radio.

Every Saturday, you can also volunteer at Rachel's barn by helping Kodie with the barn chores.

We also have a bonding opportunity on Wednesday, March 9th at Rudy's Pizza, which helps the WWU Crew Team raise funds. 15 percent of what we pay will go to the crew team (just be sure to say you want proceeds to benefit WWU Crew!) We will meet at 7 p.m.

Another bonding opportunity is a cookie decorating party. This will be potentially held on Friday, March 11.

We have clinics coming up! If you have any ideas for clinics or people who might be interested in giving one, let the officer board know. Right now, we hope to have a cross-over clinic and vaulting clinic.

A new change has been implemented regarding gas reimbursements. Now, the school will reimburse a flat rate depending on how many miles are driven, not per each instance. However, we need to know the average you spent for each distance so these amounts are accurate. If you have gas totals for shows, please send them to the officer board so we can pass those along to the Sport Club Office.

For Spring Quarter riding, lessons will be once a week and will cost $125 for the quarter. Bring in your schedules by next meeting.

We will be hosting elections soon! We have three spots becoming available: Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. Some pros of being an officer is that you are in a seat of power, pay no dues, always know what's going on, it is a resume builder, you get great experience and get more riding opportunities. However, the cons are that it is a large time commitment, with some late nights and early mornings.
If you are good at meeting deadlines, not a huge procrastinator, can balance the team and personal/school life and love the team, you would be a good fit for an officer! Note that you HAVE to do a two hour leadership training sometime in April or May, must be available September 17 and 18, and have CPR training September 19 and 20.
Here's a short description of each officer position:
Secretary: In this position, you are in charge of making sure all travel is set. This includes working with the Sport Club Office and working on strict deadlines to file the proper paperwork, book hotels and rent cars. You are also responsible for writing meeting notes and taking attendance.
Treasurer: In this role, you work with everything money related. This includes making sure accounts are set up for payments, the gear orders, ordering ribbons for our show and managing reimbursements for the show.
Show Secretary: Basically everything that goes into the show, you are in charge of. Reserving the fairground, getting judges, making show programs, entering everyone for every show and much more. It is a lot of work, but if you are interested in doing this in the future (we don't suggest running for this right now because there's a lot to know, especially if you've never done it), talk to Mikayla about it. This way, next year you can learn the ropes.
Vice President: The Vice President plans all our volunteering, clinics and fundraising. They are also in charge of taking over in the President's absence or helping the President with any tasks that may arise.
President: The President runs everything, making sure all the appropriate paperwork is turned in on time to keep the team a team. They organize lessons schedules, work with our coaches, manage team morale and deal with any problems that arise. You must have been on the Office Board for one year before you can run for President.
Elections will be held next week. Come with a speech prepared and which position you want to run for.

Also, our President Emily will be leaving for a study-abroad in Germany in two weeks (end of Winter Quarter) and will be abroad all of Spring Quarter. The rest of the Officer Board will be in charge in her place.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Meeting Notes 1/16

We are heading to the WSU show this weekend. We will leave the C-lots by 4 pm. Carpools and hotels will be emailed out this week.

Please remember to clean-up at lessons. Suzy would like you to sweep before and after the lesson. Please make sure your mess is cleaned up before you leave.

We are helping feed at Rachel's while she is out. Lessons groups will be required to bring horses in and feed. Other dates will need volunteers (weekends). Please let the officer board know if you are available to help out. The schedule will be sent out when it is finalized.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Meeting Notes 2/9/16

Please be sure to carpool as much as possible to lessons. This not only helps the environment, but it helps both Suzy and Rachel manage the limited space on their property. Neither barn has much room, so we want to be as convenient as possible. If you drive yourself to your lessons and can carpool, please do so!

In addition, please remember to pay your drivers for gas money.

This weekend we are going to the OSU show. Carpools and hotels will be given out via email. If you have any questions, please email the officer board. We will be leaving the C-Lots by 4.

This weekend there is an volunteer opportunity for Animals as Natural Therapy. On Saturday from 9 am to 12, we will be helping them set up for their gala. It will be hosted at the Bellingham Gold and Country Club, which is off the Guide. Let the officer board know if you can go so we can put you in a carpool.

In two weeks, WSU will be hosting a double western show. Both shows will be held on Saturday, so we will be leaving Saturday afternoon back to Western. The show will be hosted in Colfax, WA.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Meeting Notes 1-26

We will be going to the OSU double huntseat show on February 13&14. We took who wanted to show. If you were excused from the meeting, contact the officer board if you want to show.

Gear dues should be paid. If not, do so by next Tuesday or we will take your gear back.

If you are not driving to lessons, please give your drivers about $5 to help with gas money. 

If you are able to show clip, Suzy needs someone to help her with that prior to our show on Thursday.

We created car pools for our show this weekend. They are:
Ashley (leaving at 11:30)
 Jessica
Jamie
Jeremy
Owen

Elizabeth (1:00)
Juli
Season
Allison

Courtney (3:00)
Johanna
Tara
Ashley
Bridget

Lily (4:00)
Callie
Sophia
Laurine

We asked who wants to warm up ride. You can not show if you warm-up. 

You have been assigned horses to hold. Check the tack room in the fairgrounds to double check which horse you are assigned to. If you're holding a horse be sure to:

  • Make sure your horse has food, water, and a clean stall
  • Have an officer, Rachel, Suzy, or a steward double check your tack before letting a warm up rider get on 
  • You break it, you buy it
  • Keep the horses walking in a cooler when they aren’t in a class
  • Lead horse to and from arena (riders are not allowed to ride outside of the ring w/o a handler)
  • NEVER leave a horse unattended
  • hold horse while rider is getting on, even if they have other team members helping  
  • NEVER let any tack touch the ground
  • Keep track of all of your horse’s tack  
  • ALWAYS have the most positive sunshiney attitude no matter what :) 
Here's the schedule for our weekend. Be sure to arrive on time!


Friday: Arrive whenever you get out of class
Saturday: Arrive at 5:30 am to feed
Saturday night: Banquet starts at 5:30....we won’t have a lot of time to leave and come back so bring food to the fairgrounds with you! (You can eat at the banquet, but there is time in between!)
Sunday: Arrive at 5:00 am to feed
When do I get to go home? Never - please don't ask us this!

Remember to pay for classes Saturday and Sunday before the show.


Please remember The owners donating their horses are the center of our universe and we cater to their every need with a big cheesy smile.Also no gossiping about horses, humans, or anything in between!

2015 English Team

2015 English Team
2015 English Team