Equestrian wins first ever competition against No. 9 Delaware State

Sports – The Aggie

Aggies top Hornets 10-5 in inaugural meet

UC Davis Equestrian took down No. 9 Delaware State 10-5 in its first ever National Collegiate Equestrian Association meet at the UC Davis Equestrian Center last Thursday. Two UC Davis riders also earned Most Outstanding Player awards for their performances.

The equestrian program has come a long way in a very short time. The UC Davis athletics department announced the addition of equestrian to its Division I offering last March.

“We’re ecstatic, I couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Head Coach Jessie Weisinger.

It was no small feat for UC Davis to host an event of this caliber given the considerable preparation involved in NCEA competitions.  

“To host our first event and for it to go as smooth as it did, it’s just icing on the cake to walk away with the [win],” said Weisinger.

Assistant Coach Jill Humphrey, a 2004 UC Davis alumna, said it was exciting to see the program’s first meet on Thursday. She participated on the equestrian club team back when she was an undergraduate.

“I think it makes it extra special to be back at UC Davis and see all the constant improvements and developments,” Humphrey said.  

The UC Davis-hosted competition included three events: equitation over fences, equitation on the flat and horsemanship. Reining was not included but will be featured in UC Davis’ next home competition against Fresno State in March.

The host school provides the horses for the competition. This means that competitors from the visiting team are typically not familiar with these horses, giving the home team a slight edge in terms of familiarity with the animals.

Five horses are randomly assigned to a pair of riders, one from each team. Riders are allowed a warm up before their event starts to feel out the horse, then one rider from each …

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