The Binghamton Equestrian Team participates in IHSA competitions, alongside both club and varsity teams including Cornell, RIT, and Nazareth. Our goals on the Binghamton Equestrian team include promoting equestrian education, striving for excellence in competition, and having fun. Participation on the BUET will not only give members experience in the equestrian field, but also facilitate team bonding and lasting friendships. Not everyone on the Binghamton Equestrian Team is required to compete, but every member is treated equally as a crucial part of a cohesive whole. The equestrian sport by nature is rather individually based; however, IHSA competitions and collegiate riding transform personal achievements into team successes. The BUET welcomes all levels of riding experience. The team needs those new to the sport just as much as they need experienced riders. Binghamton Equestrian is a team that depends on all of its members equally, and provides rewarding experiences both inside the show ring and out.
A Message from our Co-Presidents!
It’s been a wonderful summer but we are both so excited for the team to start this fall! This summer everyone has been hard at work preparing for what we hope to be our most successful year yet! We plan to do whatever it takes to finish in the top 3 in our region, and that all starts with our team efforts at home. In order to afford all the shows we have come up with many excellent fundraising ideas that we can’t wait to put into motion. Riding is an expensive sport so every little bit of fundraising helps makes our team more accessible.
We also plan to go above and beyond when it comes to team bonding! We are organizing get-togethers such as a formal, a date party, team dinners, and events such as charity walks. We are already signed up for a handful of events to walk for excellent causes such as the fight against breast cancer. Team cohesiveness is such an important part of being on a club team in college and we want to make it the best experience possible!
Another goal we have is implementing clinics. At our IHSA competitions, we live by the phrase “luck of the draw”. We feel that to be able to ride any horse that you draw the best practice is to ride as many different horses as possible! We are planning to implement at least two (hopefully more) professional clinics throughout the year. This way we can ride some different horses that will strengthen more areas of our riding. None of this would be possible without an extremely generous donation from one of our alumni.
We are dedicated to solving any problems that the team has experienced in the past as well as solving new ones that may occur. We want this year to be the best the team has ever had, and we won’t slow down until our goals are met!
Co-Presidents Kristen Voorhees and Katie McHugh
Binghamton University Equestrian Team