Thursday, November 5, 2015

To: Friends and Supporters of NCEA programs
From: Dr. Leah Holland Fiorentino | Executive Director, NCEA
Re: Update on NCAA support for equestrian

In an effort to maintain the flow of accurate and timely information about NCEA activities, I am providing an update with good news from the leadership of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

This week we received notice of continued support for NCAA equestrian from Julie Soriero, Chair - Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) confirming equestrian’s status as an NCAA emerging sport. Last year the CWA recommended removal of equestrian from the emerging sport list.

This past spring the Strategic Vision and Planning Committee (SVPC) tabled that recommendation based on concerns about eliminating the meaningful participation opportunities associated with equestrian. Since that time, the CWA has been meeting to re-examine emerging sport criteria for all sports and will report back to the SVPC on revised criteria. To summarize these legislative activities: EQUESTRIAN REMAINS A DI EMERGING SPORT!

This letter of support from the CWA comes as a result of the efforts of many individuals and we sincerely appreciate the support received from the NCAA leadership and look forward to partnering with the NCAA to expand the sport of equestrian. The CWA was impressed with the efforts of the NCEA over the past year and highlighted our staffing and organization efforts, media outreach, strengthened partnerships with professional association, National Advisory Board support, and continued effort to support current/new programs as noteworthy.

We have been invited to provide additional updates to the CWA about our continued progress at their February and April meetings.

We are grateful for this public statement of support from Ms. Soriero and the entire CWA! We look forward to working with the NCAA as a committed partner to continue expansion efforts as equestrian moves closer to championship status.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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