Writer: Karl Hill
New Mexico State University remains committed to adding women's equestrian as an NCAA varsity sport despite the lack of state funding for the program, Athletics Director Brian Faison said today.
w Mexico State Athletics Department would like to affirm its commitment to the addition of women's equestrian to our athletic program in 2004-05," Faison said. "While funding is often a challenge, we will find a way to support this program."
The addition of women's equestrian will give New Mexico State 16 intercollegiate sports programs, meeting the new NCAA Division I-A membership criteria.
The NMSU equestrian team has been a club team at the university since 1993 and has won a pair of national championships. Currently the team is participating in regional competition.
"This program is a solid fit with our land-grant mission and allows us to take the team to a new level of competition," Faison said of the team's move to NCAA competition.
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