Edinboro Equestrian team hosting experts during competition break

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 at 12:29 PM
Edinboro Equestrian team hosting experts during competition break by Julia Carden
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With the Edinboro Equestrian team unable to attend their usual competitions and in-person team practices, the squad is instead spending time digging deeper into topics that will eventually help them in competition.

The main avenue for this will be their ongoing “Equestrian Expert Talks,” held over Zoom. The Spectator spoke with team captain Chloe Shade about these plans, along with how they’ll keep the team active and engaged in developing their knowledge about their “favorite things — horses.” 

They are planning these virtual events for club members, equestrian alumni, other Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) teams in the region, and any Edinboro students who are interested in the group. As stated on the team’s Facebook page, the group is “so excited to be able to use this opportunity to learn some new information and still stay connected.” 

The group’s first speaker was longtime horse trainer Lauren Prisuta, who shared her experience with training and barn ownership on Sept. 19. Dr. Carleigh Fedorka is then scheduled to speak on equine reproduction on Sept. 29. According to Shade, Fedorka is "a researcher at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center, who has worked in all aspects of the thoroughbred industry.”  

Other speakers scheduled include Dr. Pamela Wilkins, professor at the University of Illinois, on newborn foal; Lisa Eklund, who spent 18 years as an IHSA coach at Cornell University, on equestrian mindfulness training; and IHSA Judge Scott Dehelian, on what judges look for when riders are in the ring. And according to Shade, there are many more horse education presentations in the works for the future. 

Shade added on the topic of eventual competition, “Although we may not have a show season this semester, this does not stop us from practicing and keeping in shape for when shows are able to start back up again." 

According to the captain, the team is composed of 10 members, including five officers, and they are always happy to welcome more. Even though group meetings and practices have been stalled, some team members have continued to take private lessons with equestrian team coach Lew Trumble.

Julia Carden is a staff writer for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com. 

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