|Darcy Wax, head coach, equestrian|
Transylvania adds equestrian to intercollegiate sports lineup
Transylvania will take full advantage of its location in Lexington, widely known as the “horse capital of the world,” when it adds equestrian as its 23rd intercollegiate sports program beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
Transylvania will compete in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, which was established in 1967 and stresses education, sportsmanship, and team spirit. More than 370 college teams and 8,300 riders are part of IHSA.
The Pioneer equestrian team, which will include both women and men riders, will be led by head coach Lorah “Darcy” Wax. She started riding as a child and is a former Pony Club member with experience showing her horses in dressage, eventing, and hunter/jumpers. She also has experience with top Olympic riders, three-day events, dressage shows, English and Western riding instruction, clinics, horse sales, and showing.
“Darcy is an accomplished rider who has instructed IHSA competitors,” said athletics director Jack Ebel ’77. “She has done a great job preparing her farm for our team. She is the perfect person to develop what we believe will be a very popular program.”
Wax operates Dreamer’s Run Farm, a 45-acre farm just 10 minutes from the Transylvania campus, which she began in 2010. The facility offers a number of fenced fields for various training options, a riding ring, and ample horses for team practices. The farm also supports boarding, lessons, training, and sales.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Transylvania,” Wax said. “I’m looking forward to having a great team of riders and competing in the IHSA. I can’t wait to see where this program is a year from now.”
Transylvania’s riders will compete in English riding, or “hunt seat” division, which includes eight levels and nine competition classes. These range from walk-trot to walk-trot-canter, and include both flat and fence work. Hunt seat is based on the tradition of fox hunting and is one of the most popular forms of forward seat riding. Transylvania eventually hopes to compete in the Western division as well, which includes walk-jog, horsemanship, and reining.
Riders in both divisions are judged solely on their equitation, or effectiveness. Posture, positioning, and the ability to make riding seem effortless are all taken into account.
Transylvania is only the second private school in Kentucky, after Midway College, to offer an equestrian program.
State schools with the program include Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University.