Equestrian Excellence Fund
The Equestrian Excellence Fund serves as an avenue for individuals to directly invest in the needs of the Jackrabbit Equestrian program above and beyond our traditional operating expenditures. Your support in the Jackrabbit Club and now the Equestrian Excellence Fund is essential to our growth and will help us in achieving a nationally competitive program. All funds raised through the SDSU Jackrabbit Equestrian Excellence Fund will go directly towards projects and immediate needs identified by our coaching staff.
The Equestrian Excellence Fund will position Jackrabbit Equestrian for greater success by providing additional resources to enhance the overall Jackrabbit student-athlete experience. With the combined dedication of our student-athletes, coaching staff, past letterwinners, and donors, there is no doubt in my mind that we will be able to compete at a championship caliber. You will find a detailed listing of our excellence fund goals below. We hope that we can count on you to continue to elevate our program.
Equestrian Coaching Staff
Equestrian Excellence Fund Initiatives
Facility Improvement & Upkeep
There are two big improvements that would increase the efficiency of our facility. First, adding a ventilation system to the barn for winter months would improve the overall comfort of the horses and athletes. Second, adding a covering to the outdoor arena would put us on the same level as other ECAC schools. Competing with two arenas would also cut down the time it takes to complete a competition and improve the student-athlete experience.
Medical Expenses for Horses
Donations help us elevate our equine care and would allow for the highest medical attention to our hard working equine partners.
Athletic Gear & Equipment
New athletic equipment for our various events are vital to enhance training as well as home competitions. We have a need for updating the tack for our horses and acquiring new saddle accessories. Specialized team gear is also a need for our student and equine athletes to be able to train and compete at the top level while representing South Dakota State University.
Enhanced Travel Budget
Our goal is to allow our student-athletes to travel the nation and compete with top tier programs from all regions. Your gift to this initiative will help us to build a schedule that allows your Jackrabbits to compete against quality competition across the country and prepare us for our ECAC showdowns as well as Nationals in April.