Transy annonces Equestrian program
November 12, 2011 Leave a comment
by Abby Fergusson Erin Brock
Sports Editor Editor-in-Chief
The Transylvania University Pioneers will add an equestrian program to their list of varsity athletics in the 2012-2013 school year, marking the 23rd varsity sport for the university.
The newly announced program will compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), which was established in 1967 and, to date, contains more than 370 college teams, representing more than 8,300 riders.
The Pioneers will compete in English riding, or the “hunt seat” division. The hunt seat is based on the tradition of fox hunting and is one of the most commonly found forms of forward seat riding.
Transy aims to participate in eight different levels and nine competition classes within the English division, ranging from walk-trot to walk-trot-canter and including both flat work and work over fences.
The hope is for Transy to also complete in the Western division of riding, which includes walk-jog, horsemanship and reining.
The Pioneer team will be led by Lorah “Darcy” Wax, who started riding as a child and has experience showing horses in dressage, eventing and hunter-jumpers. She has additional experience with top Olympic riders, three-day events, dressage shows, English and Western riding instruction, clinics, horse sales and showing.
“Darcy is an accomplished rider and has past experience instructing IHSA competitors,” said Athletics Director Jack Ebel. “She has done a phenomenal job preparing her farm for our program. We think she is the perfect person to develop what we believe will be a very popular program at Transylvania. Equestrian will go over very well here in the heart of the Bluegrass and horse country.”
The program will be housed at Dreamer’s Run Farm, 10 minutes from Transy’s campus. Wax started the 45-acre farm in July 2010.
According to the website for Dreamer’s Run Farm, “As an instructor, it’s important to Darcy that her students are safe, focused, learning new things, and having fun. … As a trainer, the horses that she works with learn to relax, develop a strong foundation and gain a willing, eager to please attitude.”
“Dreamer’s Run is a great farm to start our equestrian program,” said Ebel. “It has plenty of land, lots of fenced fields for various training options, a riding ring and plenty of horses for our team to practice with.”
Since the program is slated to begin next academic year, those involved with the program will spend this year recruiting potential athletes.