Waco, Texas – The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) today announced the most recent addition to the list of sponsors who support the advancement of Women’s Equestrian on the path to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship sport status.
The National Collegiate Equestrian Association strives to collaborate with important equine national affiliates. Through strong connections with these affiliates, the NCEA can continue to work on achieving championship status for the sport of NCAA Equestrian. The expansion of the sponsor network to include national affiliates provides for a more inclusive approach to support new athletic opportunities for women on collegiate teams.
“We are excited about American Paint Horse Association's support of the NCEA," said Kelly Boles Chapman, National Advisory Board Member, APHA Professional Horseman, National Director and Judge, "The American Paint Horse Association, with its innovative programming around the world, is a wonderful partner to help provide opportunities for student-athletes in our sport. We are honored that the APHA would commit to a continued partnership for the betterment of our programs and equine education efforts."
“The addition of the American Paint Horse Association’s sponsorship of the NCEA is further affirmation of the equine industry’s support of collegiate equestrian,” said Nancy Post, Associate Athletics Director/SWA at Baylor University and NCEA National Championships Manager.
“APHA is proud to support the NCEA and help cultivate the next generation of equestrians. We are excited about the expanded agreement for 2018 and look forward to working together for the good of the equine community as a whole, “Cristin Conner, Senior Director of Marketing & Membership, APHA
“There is a long history of successful APHA riders contributing to NCEA championship titles. We are so excited to welcome the APHA as a national sponsor and we look forward to developing new opportunities to collaborate on equestrian-related projects. The APHA has provided wonderful opportunities for junior riders to develop the skills and character traits that are highly valued as NCAA student-athletes,” said Dr. Leah Fiorentino, Executive Director, NCEA.
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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.