WACO, Texas — The National Advisory Board (NAB) of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) today announced Der Dau, a custom boot manufacturer, as the most recent addition to the list of sponsors dedicated to supporting Women’s Equestrian on the path to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship sport status.
“The number of collegiate equestrian programs continues to increase and Der Dau will be a valued partner as new teams come on board. We are excited Der Dau will join the list of exceptional NCEA sponsors,” said NCEA Executive Director Dr. Leah Fiorentino. “We look forward to a long term partnership with Der Dau as the popularity of collegiate riding programs expands across the country.”
The NAB continues to build partnerships with equine industry leaders such as Der Dau. These new sponsors contribute to NCEA programs’ future expansions.
"Der Dau is a leading custom boot manufacturer in the equine industry, consistently delivering hand crafted boots beyond compare. With its success, Der Dau enjoys supporting newly developing industry programs. Der Dau is excited to assist the NCEA as it strives for recognition as a premier level of equestrian competition" said Der Dau CEO Joseph Der.
The NCEA, with the support of the NCAA ensures that equestrian will be part of the effort to maintain meaningful educational opportunities for women through athletics.
“It is a genuine pleasure to be a part of NCEA and to be able to facilitate strategic partnerships that benefit our young athletes,” said Jessica Garcia, the NAB director of development.
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.
“The expansion of national sponsors brings more excitement to the sport of equestrian and we hope this will prove to be a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Kevin Hurley, Senior Associate Athletics Director at Texas A&M University and Chair of the NCEA Sport Advancement Committee.
NCEA’s alliances assist in growing leaders and enriching the lives of female equestrians.
“We are excited to welcome Der Dau as national sponsors of the NCEA,” said Kelly Boles Chapman, co-chair of the NCEA National Advisory Board. “Their support and vision in advancing the opportunities for young women in our sport is greatly appreciated. We look forward to a strong partnership in expanding the opportunities for NCAA Women’s Equestrian, and in advancing the NAB’s goal to make Women’s Equestrian the first financially independent, self-sustaining non-revenue generating sport on the collegiate level.”
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.
Master craftsman, Jose Der., established Der Dau more than 50 years ago in New York. The company built its exceptional reputation by using the traditional techniques of master leather artisans and hands on customer service. Throughout the decades, Der Dau, Inc. became a popular destination for exhibitors at the most prestigious horse shows, including The National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. Today, the company remains family owned and is operated under the tutelage of Jose’s son, Joseph.
Der Dau remains passionately dedicated to its legacy of producing the finest riding boots. This pinnacle of quality is achieved by building each boot by expert craftsman and hand selecting only the finest quality materials. Culminating on their rich foundation of traditional artisanship, Der Dau has incorporated sophisticated innovation to create boots that consistently meet the functional and design needs of modern equestrians. Each Der Dau boot remains handmade in the United States and is custom built to the exact standards specified by each customer. The company’s overriding commitment for excellence has made its boots the choice for the most discriminating riders- from dedicated equestrian enthusiasts to Olympic medal winners.