Dr. Jim Heird Joins NCEA National Advisory Board

AQHA First Vice President Dr. Jim Heird joins the National Advisory Board of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.

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The National Advisory Board of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association recently announced two new members will join the board to help with the mission of elevating and advancing equestrian to the most sustainable and strongest of all NCAA women's sports.

Dr. Jim Heird of Texas A&M University and Liz Cordia of SMU will join the NAB, and both bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the board.

"We are very appreciative of their willingness to serve on our board," said David May, co-chair of the NAB. "Both new members are excited to roll up their sleeves and assist us in our initiatives as we continue with our strategic plans. Both are well-versed in the equestrian world and come with many years of experience."

Dr. Heird is currently the executive professor and coordinator of equine initiatives at Texas A&M, and he also holds the Dr. Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair at the university. He is currently the first vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association, and was formerly on the executive committee of the National Western Stock Show. He was also an AQHA judge for nearly 40 years.

Dr. Heird believes in the NAB and its goal, and is anxious to contribute to the cause.

"I think anything we can do to help this program advance and get full NCAA accreditation is important, and if I can be a part of that with my history in the horse industry and in academia, I'll be glad to try and do that," Dr. Heird stated.

Read the full article on the official website of NCEA.