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Monday, May 14, 2007

A Note from the USC Equestrian Captain

May 14, 2007

Dear USCET Friends,

It has been a true honor to serve as the team captain for the 2006-2007 academic year and competitive season. It has been an incredible year; a year full of change and a year full of new beginnings. From two years ago to now our team has grown from six members to almost forty talented riders. Helping our growth in numbers was the addition of a brand new entity: the Western Horsemanship Team. It has been so exciting to venture into a new realm. Building this new team has also helped our region out immensely, in both support and recognition.

We have also taken on a new coach, Karen Perlow, who has helped out our Head Coach, Candace Devine, in maintaining the program with the addition of so many new members. Karen has been a true asset to our team, building up her brand new independent stables, GrandView Farms, while balancing the needs of the team all at once. Her knowledge from the “A-Circuit” competitive world has helped step up our competitive game and fight like Trojans in the arena. In addition, the English Equitation Team moved its home to Karen’s new location, the Paddock Riding Club, a mere 9 miles away from campus, which has allowed our members to ride more often and become more involved with taking care of our horses due to the cut back in driving.

Very recently, I had the honor of representing the Trojans at the IHSA National Collegiate Horse Show, with another competitive member, Katie Spillane, in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Katie Spillane received honorable mention in the Novice Equitation Over Fences, with a triumphant round, really brining our motto to spirit, “Ride On”. I had the privilege of competing in Open Equitation Over Fences and Open Equitation Flat. I received 3rd place in the Open Equitation Over Fences and was so proud to see University of Southern California flash across the scoreboard when they announced the results. It was an incredible experience to compete back east against teams from all over the country, something our Southern California team has not had the chance to do in over ten years.

I would like to say a big thank you to all of our supporters, sponsors, and fans who helped us finance our trip to Nationals. Without the fundraising efforts we put forth this year and the generosity from our sponsors and donors, we would not have been able to partake in this honorable event.

Looking forward to next year we welcome new challenges and responsibilities. Thanks to Jen Earles, our Regional President, and Sophie Rowlands, Zone 8 Chairperson, our zone will be hosting Nationals next year and the USCET plans on taking a big role in preparing for the event. If you are interested in becoming involved or donating your horse to the show please contact our new captain, Lauren Donsky, at equestrn@usc.edu.

As of for next year, I would like to announce that our tryouts will be on the afternoon of August 31st and the morning of September 1st, and our first information session will be on campus on August 30th. If will be attending USC in the fall and are interested in the team please contact us to put you on the email list.

Thank you again for all of your involvement and contributions that have helped shape this year into one full of fantastic memories. I will see you at all of the USCET alumni and fundraising events, next year and in years to come.

Sincerely,
Braidee Foote

USC Equestrian Team & Club
University of Southern California
1026 W. 34th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089

http://www-scf.usc.edu/~equestrn

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