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. I hope that I can count on you to continue to elevate our program.
Equestrian Coaching Staff
Equestrian Excellence Fund Initiatives
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 UEC showdowns as well as Nationals in April.
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 new show coats for Hunter Seat athletes, 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.
Medical Expenses for Horses
It’s imperative that we have the funds to provide adequate care for our horses. The cost of maintaining the health and well-being of our horses often exceeds our budget with the likes of hay, specialized feed, bedding, medications, treatments, and emergency veterinarian costs. Your gift to this initiative will help us ease that load and provide top notch care.
Facility Upkeep & Improvement
We often experience unexpected expenses that greatly impact our budget. Areas of improvement include: shaded areas to pastures, arena footing and leveling, and general maintenance costs. These aspects play a huge part in our ability to practice and compete safely.