With the beginning of a new school year comes the beginning of a new show season for the Judson College Equestrian Team, but before show season can start the Equestrian Team has to be built.
Each year the Judson College Equestrian Team is made up of members who are riding on either the Huntseat Team, or the Western Team. The members for both teams are selected in one of two ways. The first is for riders who were on the team the previous year. If they finished the year in good standings they are offered a spot on the new year's team. The second is for people who were not previously on the team. They go through a tryout process and are offered a spot based on riding ability and skill.
This year's tryouts were held last Wednesday, August 13and it is my pleasure to be able to announce, to you today,the members of the 2010-2011 Judson College Equestrian Team!
The Huntseat Team this year has five new members Megan Cook ofBothell, Wash., Beverly Cox of Athens, Laura Hyer of Valparaiso, Ind., Rebecca O'Neal of Chatam, and Faith Williams of Crossville. The 2010-2011 Huntseat Team also has one returning member, Heather Hodge of Thomasville. This year's Huntseat coach will be Mrs. Janice Williams. Mrs. Williams has been an adjunct professor in Judson's Equine Department for several years. While working at Judson she has taught beginner and Intermediate level riding class. She was offered the position of Huntseat Team coach because of the continuous growth of our Equine Department.
The Western Team this year has two new members: Brandy Colburn of Brent and Jana Davenport of Jemison. The 2010-2011Western Team also has six returning members Jordyn Blackwell of Greenbay, Lindy Cowart of Brandon, Miss., Corey Finlay of Oxford, Heather Hodge, Andrea Luckie of Alexander City and Samantha Marcella of Cullman. Mrs. Jennifer Hoggle will be returning as the Western Team coach. Mrs. Hoggle is Judson College's Equine Department Head. She teaches all levels of riding classes, as well as other academic classes that are required for the Equine Studies major and minor.