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Good Question: Does UK's Equestrian team think WEG will boost their sport?

We all know that the University of Kentucky is known for its championship basketball teams, but chances are you've never heard of one team that competes at the top level each year and wins.

Good Question: Does UK's Equestrian team think WEG will boost their sport?

At the Robert Murphy Stables the practice is intense most days, that's because members of the UK Equestrian team compete to win every year.

"Our team has actually been in the top three at nationals in the past three years," said junior Lauren Patterson.

Patterson competes in the English style of riding, which includes jumping.

In addition to her studies, Patterson can be found at the stables most days getting her horse ready and perfecting the skills she needs to win in the ring.

There are also teams competing in polo, reining, dressage, and even eventing.

Three of which have been front and center at the Kentucky Horse Park during the World Equestrian Games.

In fact, Lydia Uhlyarik, the president of the Stock Seat team that competes in reining thinks her team has grown this year because of the WEG hype.

"This is the first year we've had a lot of people show interest in the team and I think its partly because of WEG, so I think that's a good sport and I hope it continues," said Uhlyarik.

I asked these two teammates, why not a lot of publicity for the equestrian sport nationally and in Kentucky?

"Its not like football or soccer where it's a friendly sport for people to come watch," said Patterson.

Something both hope will change after the games have wrapped up and moved on.

The Equestrian team has dozens of members.

They compete twice a semester and anyone with any level of riding experience can join.

Http://www2.ca.uky.edu/equine/ UK EQUINE INITIATIVE


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