In 1993, only 13 local programs had Equestrian. Today that number is 58, with over 500 athletes across the state. In 1990 the SONC Equestrian Development Team was established, the first in the state and one of the first in the country, serving as a model for all other SONC sports.
SONC offers 12 different events in performance and gymkhana. Performance classes showcase the ability of the athlete to control the horse and follow verbal instructions as well as learned patterns. Gymhkana, also called games events, are timed events in which an athlete or team must complete certain tasks while racing the clock! SONC also offers Unified Sports relays in two and four-person teams.
- Equitation (English & Western)
- Equitation with Pattern (English & Western)
- Western Riding
- Working Trails (English & Western)
- Showmanship at Halter/Bridle Classes (non-mounted performance class)
- Pole Bending
- Barrel Racing
- Figure 8 Stake Race
- Team Relay (2 & 4-person)
- Unified Sports Team Relay (2 & 4-person)
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the athletics sport development team, contact one of the members below or Andrea Stamm, SONC staff liaison.
Perry Flynn, SDT Director Greensboro, NC
Hellen Bee Lexington, NC
Denise Bricker Clayton, NC
Brad Glazer Rougemont, NC
Laura Luster Spring Lake, NC
Liz Dulski Laurinburg, NC