Scrambling again to find a Letter U so I thought I'd write about something very close to home - University Equestrian Teams. If you've been reading my blog, you'll know that Sophia is an avid equestrian and based her university decision, in part, on the availability of an equestrian team. There are currently four universities in Washington with teams: University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, and Central Washington University, They are all members of IHSA, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. The Washington teams compete in a region that includes Oregon and British Columbia. Riders take lessons and practice at a riding facility near their school and then travel around to various facilities to compete against each other. Each school takes a turn hosting a competition. Horses and tack are provided by each team when it is their turn to host. It's a great way for students to continue to ride while they are in college, and a way for them to compete without needing to incur the expense of transporting their horse to each competition, opening the sport up to riders who do not own their own horse.
The Western Washington Equestrian Team had a great 2015-2016 season with two of their members heading to the IHSA National Competition in New England next month.