(WACO, TX) – The National Advisory Board (NAB) of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) today announced the most recent addition to the list of sponsors to support for the advancement of Women’s Equestrian on the path to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship sport status.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Shorty’s Hattery and EquiFit as sponsors for the NCEA Rider of the Month Awards. Shorty’s Hattery, the quintessential western hat company, will be the national sponsor for the Western Horsemanship Rider of the Month Award and the Western Reiner of the Month Award. EquiFit, the leader in cutting edge equine equipment, will be the national sponsor for the Hunter Seat Equitation on the Flat Award and the Hunter Seat Equitation over Fences Award. These are highly competitive awards and are based on the performance of NCEA riders in head-to-head competitions each month,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino, Executive Director of the NCEA. “We look forward to a long term association with these outstanding equine industry partners.”
Jessica Garcia, the NAB Director of Development noted, “It is a genuine pleasure to be a part of NCEA and to be able to facilitate strategic partnerships that benefit our young athletes. Our intentional alliances will only assist in growing leaders and enriching the lives our youth through this fantastic sport”.
The NAB has maintained its efforts to build partnerships with equine industry leaders such as Shorty’s Hattery and EquiFit and believe these new sponsors contribute to the future expansion of NCEA programs.
“We are proud to be a sponsor of the NCEA. It means supporting our collegiate level riders who are our next generation of professional horsemen,” said Shorty, owner of Shorty’s Hattery.
Right now more than 800 women participate on NCAA equestrian teams across the nation and the number is growing each year. There is a renewed focus on the addition of new collegiate teams through outreach and advancement efforts.
“As shown by the willingness of Shorty’s Hattery and EquiFit to come on board as sponsors, the excitement around the sport of Equestrian and future expansion is palpable. All of the NCEA sponsors make colleges and universities around the country take notice when considering adding the sport of Equestrian,” said Kevin Hurley, Senior Associate Athletics Director at Texas A&M University and Chair of the NCEA Sport Advancement Committee.
“We are so pleased with the work of the NAB this year. We are totally committed to the expansion of NCEA Equestrian and are continuing to focus on the NAB’s priority goal to make Women’s Equestrian the first financially independent self-sustaining non-revenue generating sport on the collegiate level. Our efforts to expand the number of teams and to build the corporate sponsor activity has proven successful over the last year,” said David May, NAB co-chair.
About the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA)
The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), a non-profit corporation, was created as a governing body to advance the sport of Equestrian for women at the collegiate level. In 1998, Equestrian was identified and adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Committee of Women’s Athletics (CWA) as an emerging sport for women at the Division I and II levels. The NCEA, in concert with the mission and vision of the NCAA, is committed to providing collegiate opportunities for female equestrian student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while embracing equity, diversity and promoting academic and competitive excellence.