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, April 4, 2017

04/04/2017 Meeting

Its been a while since posting. Since my last post we hosted our Horse Show at the Lynden Fairgrounds. On Friday of the show we were hit with a big snow storm but our team powered through it! The English show on Saturday went very well. The western show on Sunday started off very well but due to increasing snow storm conditions we unfortunately had to cut the show short. However overall the weekend went very well and we are so proud of our team!

We had one rider, Keelin Balzaretti, go to Western Regionals. She placed 4th in her very last IHSA show. Keelin graduated this winter. She has been an amazing team member and we will miss her so much!

Sophia Camaya went to English Regionals and she placed third in her class!

Now that we are in spring quarter we are only lessoning once a week. Our Western Coach had to move facilities so our Western team now practices out in Everson off of Timon road. We look forward to moving our team there!

At tonights meeting we reminded team members of the need to get 10 hours of volunteering before the end of the year. We then told them of a few volunteering events coming up. This weekend we are volunteering for Whatcom County Youth Fair on Saturday. On Sunday we are volunteering with Whatcom Horses In Need at their ranch riding clinic. Finally we announced that later this month on April 23 we will be hosting a free clipping clinic. This gives people who have no experience or people who want a refresher, how to clip horses.

That's all for today!

Happy Spring Quarter!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

11/8/16 Election Day!

Due to the election going on we kept the meeting short but talked about many important things! first off we reviewed everyone going to Ellensburg this weekend for a Double Western hosted by CWU. Last weekend we went down to Albany, Oregon to a one day double western hosted by LBCC. i am happy to saw that everyone walked away with a ribbon!
CWU is our last show of the quarter so next weekend we are volunteering at Pediatric NDT and SI Therapy Services.
Lastly we talked about our end of the quarter holiday party! We just put ideas out there but we decided on doing a white elephant style party and we are going to do a potluck! The party will be held on November 29th!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November 1st Meeting

Last week we did not have a meeting. However, over the weekend our Western Team had a clinic with Roger Saur at Westby Equine Center.

At the meeting today we started off by telling everyone our new protocol for injuries. All injuries from horse related events must be reported to one of our officers and before you can ride again you must go to the health center and be cleared there with a doctors note.

Next we talked about reimbursements for traveling and team gear. To pay for your gear go into the glass office in the Rec Center. All gear payments are due November 11th. As for reimbursements, go to the glass office and fill out a reimbursement form. They will process it and then give it back to you. If it is over $75 the sports club will reimburse you, but if it is under $75 take the reimbursement form to Old Main 110 and they will give you cash.

This weekend we have a show in Albany Oregon hosted by Linn-Benton Community College. The show will be held at Linn County Fair and Expo Center. Next weekend the western team will be traveling to Ellensburg to compete at a show hosted by Central Washington University.

On November 19th we will be having a Volunteering event with Pediatric NDT and SI Services.

Lastly we talked about getting sponsors for our show. In the coming weeks we are going to put together groups and go out and try to get sponsors for our show. We have different levels of sponsors that companies can purchase including a raffle they can put items from their company into.

Two weeks ago both of the teams traveled to Colfax Washington to compete in a show hosted by Washington State University.

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!!

2015 English Team

2015 English Team
2015 English Team