Written by Lorena Saenz
The great state of Texas has played a large role in the origination of the cowgirl and cowboy. A way of life, a culture, and a fashion are all included, and continue to be source of pride.
Being the first university in the state of Texas, it is only appropriate that Southwestern University is able to take its claim in this heritage through our very own equestrian team.
The Southwestern Equestrian Team is currently 10-12 active members with three team riders. The team representatives are Taryn Stafford, Derry Jameson and Lisa Scott.
The team practices three times a week at Satori Stables under the coaching of Lynn Larson. With help from SIRA, the club feels fortunate to have been able to organize schedules to ride with Ms. Larson at her stables in Round Rock.
The club was started five years ago by Stephanie Russell, but has only been considered an official riding as a team for three years.
Stafford, who is the Equestrian Club’s president, has owned horses all of her life and has always been very involved with horses but was never given the opportunity to show horses until coming to Southwestern.
Some riders have been involved in English pleasure style riding and later developed their skills into jumping.
“Working with Lynn has really taken my riding to another level as well as teaching me incredible horsemanship and training skills.” Stafford said.
The team has a wide variety of horse experience, besides showjumping.
Derry Jameson is an avid polo lacrosse player and has ranked highly as a national player in the women’s division. Lisa Scott is also an accomplished horsewoman as well, riding in A level shows on her National Show Horse and Half-Arab horses.
Any level of rider can join the club, and lessons with Ms. Larson are also available. Three levels of riding are offered. There are lessons for people who just want to get away from campus every once in awhile and be around animals and outdoors. Progress may not occur quickly, but it is a great chance for relaxation. Lessons for people who want to become competent and successful riders and are also available weekly. These riders will be able to see progress at a steady pace. Team riding is the third level of riding, where riding requires a higher level of commitment through biweekly lessons. Competitions in the IHSA League are also included in the third level. The team riders range from show classes Beginning Walk/Trot to Novice Flat and Jumping.
The team’s first competition of the season will be Oct. 17-19 at Trinity University in San Antonio. The team is also very excited to be riding in the Homecoming Day Parade on Nov. 8.