Waco, Texas – The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) today announced Lucas Oil and Protect The Harvest as a corporate sponsor to support the advancement of Women’s Equestrian on the path to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship sport status.
"The NCEA strives to provide a path for collegiate riders to pursue their dreams as well as become future leaders in their communities. Lucas Oil and Protect the Harvest are striving to do the same with their outreach. We are thankful for their support and look forward to a long-term partnership,” said John Hull, co-chair of the NCEA National Advisory Board.
With more than 900 women currently participating on NCAA equestrian teams, and thousands more high school students aspiring to compete on college teams, the NCEA remains committed to the expansion of meaningful educational opportunities for women through athletics.
“The NCEA and its members represent our American heritage and demonstrate qualities we admire. Equestrian athletes of today, through competition, communication and teamwork, develop leadership skills that are important for our future,” said Karen Gerfen, director of communications for Lucas Oil and Protect the Harvest. “We work to help protect our heritage and our way of life and feel strongly about supporting our future leaders. We are thankful for our way of life. It is important, vital and what we value most. It is up to our leaders of the future to ensure its lasting presence and that is why we are proud to help support the NCEA.”
Forrest and Charlotte started Lucas Oil Products with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the American truck stop industry.
“It is always exciting to partner with sponsors who are at the top of their industry, and Lucas Oil clearly sets the bar for all others. Lucas Oil’s outreach through Protect the Harvest reflects a commitment at the highest level. The NCEA is proud of the relationship we have developed with Lucas Oil and hope our student-athletes set the bar for all other collegiate equestrians,” said Leah Fiorentino, executive director of the NCEA.
The National Advisory Board (NAB) was established to build awareness and support for the sport of women’s equestrian. Through partnerships and sponsorships with industry leaders, the NAB works to expand the sport to additional universities, and,ultimately make women’s equestrian the first financially independent, self-sustaining, non-revenue generating sport at the collegiate level.
“Protect the Harvest and Lucas Oil’s combined sponsorship is a tremendous honor for the NCEA. Lucas Oil is known for their numerous sponsorships of events and facilities across our country and we are pleased that they have chosen to expand their support into the realm of collegiate equestrian. This is an exceptional opportunity for all parties involved,” said Nancy Post, senior associate athletics director/SWA at Baylor University and National Championships Manager of the NCEA.
For more information, please visit http://www.collegiateequestrian.com.
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.
About Lucas Oil and Protect the Harvest
Having had a lifelong association with agriculture, it was natural for Forrest to found Protect the Harvest in 2011. Protect the Harvest, under Forrest Lucas’ guidance, continues the fight against animal rights groups who want to end meat consumption, halt consumer access to affordable food, eliminate all hunting practices, and outlaw rodeos, circuses and pet ownership. Protect The Harvest exists to defend our way of life, preserve our food freedom, and stand up for America's farmers. Join us in defense of America's farmers as they feed the world and ensure that our families have access to quality, affordable sources of protein. For more information about this campaign log onto the website www.ProtectTheHarvest.com.