Featured Non Profit Equine Organizations
Every month, Stier Equine Donation & Appraisal features programs and people around the country that are involved with horse donations. These organizations, people, and horses are outstanding players in the equine industry.
-Southern Methodist University-
Located in the southern suburbs of Dallas, Texas, SMU is a university with a long-standing tradition of success. With 12,000 students, the school is a medium sized, private research institution noted for it’s small classes and internationally recognized business school.
SMU Riding Program In addition to academics, the NCSA also ranked SMU in 2011 as the 28th best NCAA Division I program for combined athletics, graduation rate, and scholastic performance. The SMU Mustangs have a notable Varsity Women’s English Equestrian team and, beginning in the fall of 2013, the Mustang’s are adding a Western team. The team has had much success in competition over the past years, but with the inclusion of Western they will be able to vie for National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championships.
The team is headed by Texas A&M alumna and previous TCU coach Haley Schoolfield. Assistant Coach Natalie Burton hails from Auburn University where she rode for the Varsity team. SMU is actively looking for recruits, horses, tack and other donations to help launch their Western program later this year (read more about SMU’s new program in Focus On Youth, or in the February Digital Reiner on p. 213).
The SMU team practices at BuckBranch Farm in Wilmer, Texas. The facility offers three barns, a covered arena, a regulation-size dressage arena, three outdoor arenas, and a full scale cross-country course. Additionally, there are trails, picnic areas, and numerous paddocks for individual or group turnout. SMU is currently looking for competitive reining and horsemanship horses for their new western team. Horses that would benefit this program will have competition records in one of those events. For more information about donating to SMU, contact Stier Equine Donation & Appraisal.
-The University of Georgia-
Athens, Georgia, is home of the Georgia Bulldogs and home to the UGA Women’s Varsity Equestrian team. University of Georgia has a reputation for excellence, and the equestrian program is no exception. The program has it’s own 109-acre private facility located on the outskirts of Athens and each horse has an indoor stall with daily turnout. Previously known as High Point Farm, the barn was the training site of the US Olympic Dressage team. UGA Riding Program The UGA Equestrian team competes in four different disciples: Horsemanship, Reining, Equitation on the Flat, and Equitation Over Fences. Horses used in practices and competition are usually retired from the NRHA, AQHA, APHA, USEF, and FEI show circuits and have competed at a high level. Horses at the Georgia program receive ample turnout in groups and practice five days a week. The care is comparable to show program though the practices and competitions are significantly less demanding. NCAA programs tend to be good half-step programs for horses on their way to full retirement, yet are no longer capable of competing on a national level (read more in The Profit of Equine Donation). For horses that leave the Georgia program, they go to exceptional lengths to find them permanent, excellent homes. This is where I donated my competition horse who suffered from arthritis.
St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Located in Laurinburg, North Carolina, the St. Andrews Equestrian Program has enjoyed great success as demonstrated by six ANRC Intercollegiate National Championships, Reserve Champion at the ANRC Intercollegiate National Championships, two IHSA Zone Hunter Seat All-Star Championships, six IHSA Hunter Seat Reserve Regional Team Championships and six IHSA Western Regional Team Championships.
St. Andrews Riding Programs
St. Andrews has a reputation for excellence in their staff, horses, and facilities. In addition to competitive English, Western and Dressage teams, St. Andrews also has a therapeutic riding program which helps train future instructors and managers.
Carla Wennberg, head coach of St. Andrews Western team, was the 2009 American Quarter Horse Association Professional of the Year, Director of Reining Activities for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, and is a carded judge in numerous breed associations. When she is not judging across the world, Carla competes in upper-level dressage.
The St. Andrews program is an excellent example of a program run by compassionate and intelligent horsepeople. They offer multiple programs that can accommodate your horse through a variety of skill sets. St. Andrews is fervently dedicated to scholastic riding associations and hosted the 2012 Intercollegiate National Championships in Raleigh, North Carolina.