[Chancellor Sharp] We’re here with Tana McKay, the coach of the Texas A&M Equestrian team. She is easily the winningest coach in not only Texas A&M but the state of Texas. She’s won 12 national championships. Probably we think the winningest coach in the United States of America. And so Tana thank you. First of all, congratulations on another national championship. Tell us how your team feels and how you did. I know when you moved into SEC, that’s probably the toughest conference for Equestrian there is right? [Coach McKay] Absolutely, it was a game-changer like it was with most of the sports coming into the SEC, and that’s one thing that in the last four or five years this team it only made them better because the SEC is so tough and we have two very separate disciplines. They’re not always out here in the arena practicing. [Chancellor Sharp] I think when I was in college it used to be you had national championships in Western and you had national championships in English, but now they’re combined and you win it all or nothing, right?
[Coach McKay] Yes that’s correct. It’s an overall championship, and when we’re competing during the regular season, we’re competing against the SEC teams twice. And, one of the neat facts about the SEC conferences is the SEC teams, the four SEC teams, in the equestrian are the only ones to have won an overall national championship. So, we’re keeping it in the conference, but that makes our regular season just that much tougher. It was a great team effort across the board.
[Chancellor Sharp] When your team members come here from all over the United States, I assume you don’t take your horses to Auburn or
[Coach McKay] Correct. Mississippi or wherever you have to go
[Coach McKay] Correct. there and use their horses, and when teams come here, they have to use your horses. [Coach McKay] Yes, that is correct.
[Chacnellor Sharp] That’s kind of interesting. [Coach McKay] It is. You know it’s a piece of equipment, they have a mind of their own obviously, and it still comes down to that raw timing talent and feel as any other athlete.
[Chancellor Sharp] That’s great. Well congratulations again on a 12th national championship for A&M. [Coach McKay] Thank you very much. [Fade out music]