By Laura Sumrall '15 | photos by Andrew Hancock | Vol. 2 Issue 2
The Texas A&M Equestrian Team may be one of the lesser-known NCAA sports representing the maroon and white Aggies, but learn of their 11-time National Championship record, no. 4 national ranking and state-of-the-art facilities, and you will realize that they are among Texas A&M’s finest examples of excellence in athletics.
The women representing Texas A&M in this sport showcase as much dedication and time as you might expect of one of our football players.
"My day usually starts with workouts early in the morning," said business major Audrey Gallagher ’16. "Most days I go straight to class for the rest of the morning, and my afternoon is spent at the barn for practice and other responsibilities, such as cleaning tack and stalls."
The team is divided into four disciplines: two Western events and two English events. On the English side, there is both equitation over fences and equitation on the flat. On the Western side, riders compete in reining and horsemanship.
As an added challenge, riders do not necessarily compete on the horses they train with. Instead, all riders compete using the
host school’s horses, meaning that they are often competing on a horse that they have never ridden before.
Admission is free to all home meets at the newly-built Hildebrand Equine Complex. The facility stands proud with two fully
covered arenas as well as a state-of-the-art barn, exercise area, locker room and offices. In the future, the facility will expand equine education by adding stallion and mare research facilities, a teaching area, a nutrition and exercise physiology teaching and research center, a reproduction teaching and research center and facilities for the polo team. For a full schedule on the equestrian team, visit 12thMan.com or follow the team on Twitter at @AggieEquestrian.