COLLEGE STATION, Texas‹The Texas A&M equestrian team will hold its annual try-out meeting on Sept. 3, 2007 at 4 p.m. in Burkhart Auditorium located in the northwest corner of Kyle Field.
The Aggie riders hold open tryouts once per year in hopes of finding
diamonds in the rough to bolster the stellar national championship history they have put together over the past eight years as a varsity
intercollegiate sport at Texas A&M.
The Texas A&M equestrian team usually carries a roster of 60-70 riders with 30-35 competing in either the hunter seat or western discipline.
For the second straight year, tryouts will be somewhat different as the team elected a year ago to no longer compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) format. In the IHSA format, beginner level riders were as important to the success of the team as its top riders. However, the Aggies have since switched to a varsity-only style of competition that emphasizes the success of solely a team¹s top riders.
The team will be looking for advanced riders that can excel in western
horsemanship and reining as well as hunter seat equitation on the flat and over fences.
Those interested in trying out for the A&M equestrian team need to be
prepared to fill out extensive paperwork regarding their riding and show
experience. Proof of insurance and fall class schedules are also mandatory at the Sept. 3 meeting.
Riding tryout times will be assigned at the Sept. 3 meeting. Riding tryouts
will be held at N.W. ŒDick¹ Freeman Arena, the Aggies¹ home competition site in College Station. For more information, call Director of Operations Katie Forest at (979) 845-5779.