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January 18, 2016
To: Friends and Supporters of NCEA programs and NCAA equestrian
From: Dr. Leah Holland Fiorentino | Executive Director, NCEA
Re: Update on NCAA support for equestrian

I am excited to write with recent good news from the leadership of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Over the weekend the Division II member institutions voted against the recommendation to remove equestrian from the DII emerging sports list at the NCAA Convention held in San Antonio, Texas.  This vote demonstrates the additional support for our sport and follows the positive response from the Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) confirming equestrian’s status as an NCAA emerging sport (November 5, 2015 message). This most recent public action clears the path for current Division II schools to maintain their equestrian programs as countable sports on their campus and has also opened the path for other Division II schools to report their equestrian teams to the NCAA as countable sports on their campuses.  

In concert with the Strategic Vision and Planning Committee’s (SVPC) tabled recommendation to remove equestrian from the Division I emerging sport list last spring, the CWA is charged to re-examine emerging sport criteria for all sports.  At this point equestrian has the support of Division I and Division II membership and remains an emerging sport in both divisions.

This latest action comes from collaborative efforts of the NCAA leadership and the NCEA leadership.  We look ato expanding the number of schools currently reporting equestrian as a countable sport on their campus and look forward to moving quickly toward championship status. The NCEA leadership will provide a progress report to the CWA in February.

We are grateful for this public demonstration of support from the Division II members, Division I members and the SVPC to maintain meaningful opportunities for women to participate in athletics while completing their academic degrees.  The NCAA convention was the most recent statement that removing opportunities for women is not acceptable.  

Please join me in support and write with any questions.  

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