When New Mexico State University was faced with $12.1 million in looming budget cuts earlier this summer, the women’s equestrian team was among the first to get the chopping block.
NMSU’s NCAA Division 1 women’s equestrian team is competing in what could be its final season this year, even though the program is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country. The team won the conference tournament championship last year. But the university has chosen not to fund the program after this final 2016-2017 season.
Current and past equestrian team riders, along with a handful of supporters, are trying to save it.
“We have a large group of hardworking young women who are very involved in the community,” said Shannon Dooley, assistant coach of the team in New Mexico.
The team is seeking private funding of $530,000 a year to keep the program going and make it self-sustainable.
Watch this video to learn more. To show support, email the team at: firstname.lastname@example.org