(Dr. Blevins) Hello and welcome to Horsing Around. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at
Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center and today, we’re out at
Timber Creek and joined by the coach of the Kansas State University
Equestrian Team, Casie Maxwell, so thank you and welcome here on Horsing
Around. (Female) Good to be here. (Dr. Blevins) I guess one thing that sure
might interest a lot of people and maybe not know a lot about is the Kansas
State Equestrian Team and when did it start here at Kansas State and where
has it progressed to here? (Female) It became an NCAA sport here at Kansas
State in 1999. That year it made the transition from a club sport to an NCAA sport. We started off in the IHSA format and competed in that primarily up until 2008, at what time we transitioned over to the NCAA format, which is what we’re competing in now. (Dr. Blevins) You know it’s kind of interesting, it’s one of the newer sports here at Kansas State as far as the Athletic Department. (Female) It is, yes. (Dr. Blevins) And I guess the other question would be how many students or athletes are on the Equestrian Team and what all does that entail? (Female) Well for starters, it’s a women’s only sport. That’s one thing that a lot of times people don’t know since it is a Division One sport, it’s women’s only. We keep about fifty girls on our team and about fifty
horses on our team as well to balance out that roster. We’ve got an English
Team and a Western Team. In our English squad, we compete in equitation
over fences and equitation on the flat and on the Western Team, we compete
in horsemanship and reining. (Dr. Blevins) You know and, so how many
horses would be here to be able to use for all those athletes every day?
(Female) We’ve got about fifty horses here at the facility. We stay between fifty and fifty-five. Some of those are just practice horses and then some of those we use primarily for competition,about half of them are competition horses. (Dr. Blevins) With those horses,do they overlap into the other aspects, do you have certain horses they use for reining or hunter and jumping? (Female) We do, yeah. Our horses, they either do the English or the Western. On the English side, they can do both equitation on the flat and the equitation over fences, those go hand-in-hand, but on the Western side, they focus predominantly in horsemanship or reining, but not crossover. (Dr. Blevins) What’s your duration of showing and practicing, semester wise or yearly wise? (Female) We are all academic here and that’s something that’s different than a lot of sports here at K-State. Our season is all year long. Our Championship is in April and we start practice on the first of school in August, our first competition’s early in September and we go all the way through the academic year. (Dr. Blevins) And with that I guess, there’s no downtime for these girls when they’re on the Equestrian Team. And what’s the schedule for those girls on a day-to-day basis? (Female) Looking at a weekly basis is easier. They work out three days a week with a strength trainer, they practice three to four days a week here in the arena, team meetings or video review once a week like other athletes would do for football or basketball per se and then the big thing on top of that is they’re doing a lot of community service work, so they’re out in the community doing different things out there, in addition to staying on top of their studies and putting in study table hours and focusing on their academics. (Dr. Blevins) Right. They’re students too, so they’re student athletes. (Female) Students first. (Dr. Blevins) That’s right. I think what we’ll do is we’ll go to break and we’ll talk a little bit more about the Equestrian Team and get more details about those who want to get involved with the Equestrian Team. (Female) Sounds good. (Dr. Blevins) I’m Dr. Chris Blevins with Horsing Around and we’ll be right back.