By Rosa Najera, Contributor
Sarah Ehlers has been riding horses for 12 years. As a student at UNO, she’s kept her love for the sport alive with UNO’s Equestrian club.
Ehlers has been a member since her freshman year, and yes, horses are her favorite animal. A junior pre-med general science major, Ehlers is the club’s president.
“It’s open to everyone and, compared to regular horse showing, it’s a lot cheaper,” Ehlers said. UNO’s Equestrian club competes against schools in its region from Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming. The Elkhorn Equestrian Center gives the team a place to practice and provides the horses.
Ehlers said the team hosting the show provides all the horses that are ridden in the competition. Thus, teams don’t have to deal with the expense of traveling with horses.
UNO’s Equestrian club has consistently had 20 members during the past few years, Ehlers said. Recently, Ehlers went to Stanford, Calif., to compete in the Hunt Seat show for her zone, placed fifth and earned reserve champion at regionals.
But Ehlers said aside from the competitions, she participates in the Equestrian club for the “fun experiences.” Ehlers said that team members take lessons for fun, watch movies, take trips to Colorado and hold fundraisers to cover fee entries for competitions.
Anyone with an interest could join the team, regardless of skill level, Ehlers said. “It’s fun to do something with others who are in college that have the same interests you have.”