Club Sport of the Month – GSU Equestrian

This month’s club sport of the month is the GSU Equestrian Team. Here is what club president, Meredith Redlin, said about the clubs’ recent accomplishments:

This past month we have had four shows. We went to FSU the first part of the month and took second place, we’ve been to SCAD twice, we took second in the first show and third in the second show. We had our home show this past Sunday and we took third behind COC and SCAD. It was a great show and everyone worked really hard! We had one of our riders, Jessica McBride take Reserve High Point Rider at our home show this past weekend. We’ve had many of our girls take home first place ribbons so far this show season. We have another show at University of Central Florida this upcoming Saturday and Sunday.

GSU Equestrian

I had the chance to sit down with Meredith and learned a lot about this club.

What is a tradition your team has?

El Sombrero team dinner nights every month.

What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?

It gives girls that don’t own horses or cannot afford to show in the NCAA a chance to do what they love and get recognized for it.

How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

Our lessons are tiring because we all work very hard. Not only are we out there riding, but we are have discussions about our riding and what we can do to fix it. Eleanor Ellis is an amazing coach and wonderful person. Personally, she has taught me a lot in the saddle and many life lessons.

How often do you have meets?

We have 5 hunt seat shows and 4 western shows per semester.

What is it like to travel around and play different schools?

Competing at different schools gives riders an opportunity to test their skills all around the southeast. Riding at home on familiar horses only goes so far. It’s very gratifying to ride unacquainted horses and win.

What is your best memory about Club Sports?

Making lifetime friends

When did you start competing?

Meredith Redlin (President)- 10 years ago

Sarah Roehm (Treasurer)- 10 years ago.

What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

We have a facebook page, our own website  (http://studentorg.georgiasouthern.edu/~gsuet/Welcome.html),and we are constantly promoting our team by talking it up and wearing our team apparel.

When was your club established at Georgia Southern?

The Georgia Southern Equestrian Team was founded in 1993

Does your team have any achievements the team is especially proud of?

Currently we are in second place for the season and we have a huge group of new riders this year. We’ve really come together as a team and already accomplished a lot in and out of the show ring .

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4 thoughts on “Club Sport of the Month – GSU Equestrian

  1. We ( the parents of younger riders) watch the GA Southern Equestrian team at Evermore Farm practice, work and perfect their skills. Our daughters and granddaughters watch as these ATHLETES prepare and compete. The benefit and example set is not only one of athleticism but of team work,focus and connection. It may not be obvious to them what a wonderful examples they set for younger riders who one day may choose to ride competitively but its better than the MASTER CARD It’s priceless. thanks to each of you.
    Georgia Southern should be proud of the manner of your representing The UNIVERSITY

  2. Is ‘tedious’ really the correct word to describe your lessons? I understand tiring, but ‘tedious’ could be quite insulting to your coach. Also, NCAA teams are varsity, therefore their showing expenses are paid for by the school’s athletics department. Many NCAA riders are scouted and offered scholarships as well.

    • Guest,
      You are very correct! ‘Tedious’ is NOT the correct word choice to use there. Our lessons are tiring because we all work very hard. Not only are we out there riding, but we are have discussions about our riding and what we can do to fix it. I would never want to insult my coach. Eleanor Ellis is an amazing coach and wonderful person. Personally, she has taught me a lot in the saddle and many life lessons. I apologize for not knowing that varsity teams are paid for by the school. We do not have a varsity Equestrian Team and so for the girls that haven’t gotten a scholarship to ride in the NCAA we have awesome club sport teams like the Georgia Southern Equestrian Team.

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