NCEA Fast Facts

NCEA Fast Facts

If you are interested in college riding, here is some basic information on the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, or NCEA.  These NCEA Fast Facts will give you an overview of what to expect as you explore NCEA programs.

Also, be sure to check out our blog post on the topic, “Prepare for Collegiate Riding.” 

Understanding NCEA

  • The National Collegiate Equestrian Association is the governing body for the equestrian component of the NCAA (or National Collegiate Athletic Association).  The NCAA sets forth rules originally designed to protect student-athletes from pressure from coaches as they decide their choice of school. They also set forth academic standards for student-athletes.  

 

  • Equestrian was introduced to the NCAA in 1998 and is considered an NCAA “Emerging Sport.” To be fully sanctioned by the NCAA, 40 schools must sponsor an NCEA program.

 

  • As of 2019, there are 24 schools participating in the NCEA, and the program has enjoyed steady growth.

PSA Rules

  • High school or college students not yet in the NCEA (or NCAA) who have the potential to do so are called “Prospective Student Athletes,” or PSAs. 

 

  • A PSA who is interested in the NCEA should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center during her freshman or sophomore year of high school, even if the PSA has not contacted any colleges about their Equestrian programs. You can register at www.ncaaeligibilitycenter.com.

 

  • As a PSA, you can contact a coach at any time by phone, text, email or social media.  However, a coach cannot return any type of communication until June 15th following a prospects sophomore year of high school.  So, if you reach out, be prepared for a lack of response due to those rules.

Program Requirements

  • Many teams, just like in other sports, require rider athletes are required to participate in team strength and conditioning sessions. Exact policies vary by program.

 

  • Academics are also very important in NCEA. Most programs require freshmen to log study hours their first semester to make sure they are setting aside adequate time. 

 

  • In many athletic departments, there are also community service requirements.
  • For equestrian student-athletes, there may also be stable chores, meetings, and fundraising events.

 

Colleges and Universities with NCEA Programs:

 

DIVISION I
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn, Ala.

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Greg Williams, Head Coach | Jessica Braswell, Associate Head Coach | Mary Meneely, Assistant Coach | Morgan McQuay, Director of Operations

 

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY – Waco, Texas

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Casie Maxwell, Head Coach |Marlena Beckham, Assistant Coach | Laura Brainard, Assistant Coach

Ashley Garza, Director of Operations 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS – Davis, California

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Jessie Weisinger, Head Coach | Jill Humphrey, Assistant Coach

BROWN UNIVERSITY – Providence, R.I.

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Michaela Scanlon, Head Coach

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON – Charleston, S.C.

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Natasha McCarthy, Head Coach | Shannon O’Brien, Assistant Coach

CORNELL UNIVERSITY – Ithaca, N.Y.

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Joanna Novakovic, Head Coach

DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY – Dover, Del.

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Jennifer Ridgely, Head Coach | Caroline Foltz Kane, Assistant Coach

FRESNO STATE – Fresno, Calif.

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Eric Hubbard, Head Coach | Caitlin Marshall, Assistant Coach | Mary Brown, Assistant Coach

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA – Athens, Ga.

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Meghan Boenig, Head Coach | Anna Becker, Assistant Coach | Sara Parr, Assistant Coach

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY – Stillwater, Okla.

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Larry Sanchez, Head Coach | Sammy Elser, Assistant Coach | 

Jenna Blumer, Assistant Coach | Kate Chelsey, Director of Operations

SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY – Fairfield, Conn.

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Tiffany Hajdasz, Head Coach

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – Columbia, S.C.

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Boo Major, Head Coach | Ruth Sorrel, Associate Head Coach | Kristen Terebesi, Assistant Coach

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY – Brookings, S.D.

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Ellie Wilkins, Head Coach | Morgan DiGiulio, Assistant Coach

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY – Dallas, Texas

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Carol Gwin, Head Coach | McKenzie Lantz, Associate Head Coach | Amber Henter, Assistant Coach

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY – Fort Worth, Texas

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Haley Schoolfield, Director of Equestrian 

Logan Fiorentino, Hunt Seat Head Coach | Melissa Dukes, Western Head Coach 

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY – College Station, Texas

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Tana McKay, Head Coach | Abby O’Mara, Assistant Coach | Suzy Jeane, Assistant Coach

Kimmy Saul, Director of Operations

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-MARTIN – Martin, Tenn.

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Meghan Cunningham, Head Coach | Kim Leiter, Assistant Coach

 

DIVISION II
LIU Post – Brookville, N.Y.

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Brooke Chasin, Head Coach

SETON HILL UNIVERSITY – Greensburg, Pa.

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Rebecca Bloom, Head Coach | Taylor Janson, Assistant Coach

STONEHILL COLLEGE – North Easton, Mass.

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Kristen Redquest, Head Coach

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON – Crookston, Minn.

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Kayla Krueger, Head Coach

WEST TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY – Canyon, Texas

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Amanda Love, Head Coach | Hannah Swarthout, Assistant Coach

 

DIVISION III

The University of Lynchburg- Lynchburg, VA

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Justine Betzler, Head Coach 

Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA

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Mimi Wroten, Head Coach | Lizzie Fisch, Assistant Coach

Jenn Crow

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Jenn Crow has been a lifelong barn rat, and a hunter/jumper professional for 20 years with a passion for teaching and operations, from lesson programs, to IEA Teams, to shows such as WEF, Harrisburg, and Washington. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and has extensive web marketing and media experience, specific to the equine industry.
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