With summer around the corner, the Doane Tigers are concentrating on finishing up the academic year. There is going to plenty of time to practice and hone their skills for the next sports season; and it will take a lot of hard work and preparation to keep Doane rising in the 2013-2014 sport season. In the meantime, we are taking a look at the changes that will be happening in the Doane college athletics department.
As of yet, the most interesting development has been the announcement about Doane college’s first equestrian team that will start in august. Jacque Carter, the school’s president, commented that the decision to add the team was based on Doane commitment to provide students with well-rounded academic, as well as, extracurricular opportunities.
The new team will be the 24th intercollegiate sport and be open to all students with no experience requirements. Students will compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). The IHSA team was established in 1967 and encompasses 370 college equestrian teams and 8,300 riders.
Doane College will be competing in Zone 8, Region 3. This pits the Tigers against other schools like Colorado College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Carroll College, University of Montana, Utah State University, Rocky Mountain College, Montana State University, and College of Southern Idaho. The riding disciplines of this western region emphasize a specific style of horsemanship and reining.
The equestrian team will be stationed at the Thunderstruck Farms, which lies only 15 minutes away from campus. The owner of the Farm – Tricia Brown – is an accomplished horse trainer and instructor who has been in business for over 25 years. Tricia is classically trained and focuses on the dynamic of the horse and rider and how the two work together. With an impressive resume, Doane college is happy to announce that Tricia will serve an equestrian coach for the new team.
In addition, Tricia’s beautiful 240-acre farm will be valuable to the team’s development. The farm offers many amenities, including an indoor and outdoor arenas, and is equipped for colt training, reining training, lessons, and clinics.
We hope you are as excited as we are about the new team. Go Tigers, let’s keep Doane rising!