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So, I'm really curious about this. Equestrian is a non-contact sport. In fact, there is not a lot of really close interaction required. Plus, it is not an NCAA sport, so it is not regulated by NCAA decisions.

Why can't we have Equestrian competition in the age of Corona? Deal with the issue of spectators, but let the riders and horses compete. As it is, spectators do not really contribute much to the competitions. Just make it a non-spectator sport for the coming year.

What am I missing?

 

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4 hours ago, AURex said:

 

So, I'm really curious about this. Equestrian is a non-contact sport. In fact, there is not a lot of really close interaction required. Plus, it is not an NCAA sport, so it is not regulated by NCAA decisions.

Why can't we have Equestrian competition in the age of Corona? Deal with the issue of spectators, but let the riders and horses compete. As it is, spectators do not really contribute much to the competitions. Just make it a non-spectator sport for the coming year.

What am I missing?

 

They deemed horseracing acceptable, so why not? 

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A few events, and of course our Auburn ladies crush the opposition. But will any other universities line up to compete? And will there be a championship?

This is not one of those sports with close person-to-person contact, so COVED-19 is not the primary issue. The problem is more financing. For almost all schools, football funds secondary sports. And welp ....  Equestrian is not even a bona fide NCAA sport. So for MOST universities, Equestrian is not high on their funding list.

So Auburn may have funding, because ..... ya know .... AU = #1 and all of us (yes, you know who we are) support our athletic teams including Equestrian, right!  And as Auburn donors, we drop money for our girls! Right? RIGHT!?!  Yes, we support our Equestrian team with $$ .... RIGHT?)

But many other schools may not. And that's the problem.

So, here we are, Auburn once again the best Equestrian team in the country. But if no competition and no national championship ........

Last year, Auburn undefeated, no question the best in the country, but no NC due to The Rona. And here we are again. A few events. Auburn clearly still #1. But so far it's likely there will be  no national championship competition, so .......

Personally, I think Auburn should just CLAIM national championships for 2019 and 2020 just based on their record in the competitions that was on record. I really d not think any other school would challenge that. Because everybody knows, Auburn #1 in Equestrian.

Love my Equestrian Ladies!

 

 

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I have never been to one of the Equestrian competitions, but after watching one of the AU videos it looks like something I would enjoy attending.  Unfortunate

having the limitations on attendance this year or I would like to have driven down from B'ham.  

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On 11/18/2020 at 10:06 AM, slot canyon said:

I have never been to one of the Equestrian competitions, but after watching one of the AU videos it looks like something I would enjoy attending.  Unfortunate

having the limitations on attendance this year or I would like to have driven down from B'ham.  

It's well worth seeing, the AU riders are superb.  AU has an amazing facility there now. One of my part-time student jobs was working at that equestrian unit. It was nothing like what's out there today, I'm amazed every time I go there.

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