Dover, Del. (May 16, 2017) --- For the second time in the five year history of the honor, Delaware State has been presented with the National Collegiate Equestrian Association's annual Sportsmanship Award. The award, selected by NCEA coaches, was presented at the group's annual convention last week. The Sportsmanship Award encompasses the entire 2016-17 season of competition.
In the presenting statement, the NCEA offered congratulations to the Delaware State University equestrian team, its coaches and the university administration for producing great sportsmanship within the program; and earning the award for the second time.
The Hornet equestrian team was the first-ever recipient of the award in 2013.
Delaware State University Head Equestrian Coach Jennifer Ridgeley said the award is a major achievement for the program and the university.
“We try extremely hard to win each competition, but character and sportsmanship are just as important to our program,” said Ridgeley. “The positive values we impart to our young ladies will carry them well beyond their college years.”
The sportsmanship award capped off another memorable season for the Hornet equestrian team. The team's 2016-17 highlights included its first-ever United Equestrian Conference championship, NCEA national tournament appearance for the second year in a row and 10 national academic All-Stars, including three First Team All-Americans.
In addition, the Hornets produced an All-American Horse (“Calvin”) for the second straight year.