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.

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.

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.

2015 English Team

2015 English Team
2015 English Team