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SDSU Equestrian to hold open tryouts

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 08/10/2011 14:32:08
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The South Dakota State equestrian team scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m., for those who wish to try out for the 2011-12 squad.

The meeting takes place in HPER classroom 104, located on the west end of HPER Center. In order to tryout, all students must bring their completed health forms and proof of health insurance to the meeting. All prospective student-athletes need to bring their health forms filled out by your doctor prior to this meeting.  Please e-mail Megan.Rossiter@sdstate.edu to request the necessary forms. 

All students interested in joining the team need to first run a timed mile on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 a.m. We will meet on the track in Frost Arena inside the Stanley J. Marshall HPER Center.

The riding portion of tryouts takes place that afternoon at the DeHaan Equestrian Center at approximately 3:30 p.m. A callback list will be posted Wednesday evening for anyone we would like to see ride again.

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 5 p.m.
Information and Health Form Meeting
HPER classroom 104

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6:30 a.m.
Mile Run
Frost Arena Track in the HPER Center

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 3:30 p.m.
Horseback Tryouts
DeHaan Equestrian Center

Thursday, Sep. 1, 3:30 p.m. (if necessary)
Horseback Tryouts
DeHaan Equestrian Center

The NCAA requires all riders to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse process to determine eligibility. If the NCAA does not deem a rider a 'qualifier' or the rider does not meet transfer requirements (if applicable) they will not be eligible to participate on the team.


Do I need my own tack?
No, we provide all the horses, tack and equipment.  You do need to wear comfortable riding apparel and boots.

What do coaches look for at tryouts?
We look for riders who possess the skills for success in one or two of the events in which we compete, hunt seat equitation over fences, hunt seat equitation on the flat, western horsemanship and reining. We prefer show experience at advanced levels.  Most of our students specialize in one discipline. 

Other than riding skills, what else do the coaches look for at tryouts?
We look for responsible, athletic students that also succeed academically.

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