“Want To Get Certified…”: After Creating History in NCAA Equestrian, Emma Mutnansky Reveals Future Plans

Published 01/20/2024, 9:45 AM EST

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In a groundbreaking move, Bemidji High School senior Emma Mutnansky has shattered stereotypes. She became the first known Lumberjack to secure a collegiate scholarship for equestrian competition. Mutnansky, a dedicated equestrian enthusiast since the age of 6, recently signed with the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC). This marks a significant milestone in her journey towards combining academic pursuits with her passion for horses within the NCAA equestrian realm.

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Yet, Mutnansky’s journey to this remarkable achievement has been far from effortless, requiring substantial sacrifices along the way. Through perseverance and sacrifices, Mutnansky has triumphed over challenges. She has established herself as a trailblazer in equestrian achievement within the Lumberjack community.

Emma Mutnansky’s ride from AQHA Royalty to NCAA Horsemanship

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Mutnansky’s journey in the world of equestrian sports has been nothing short of remarkable. A seasoned rider on the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) circuit, she clinched the prestigious title of 2022 Youth AQHA Champion. This accolade is bestowed upon a select few rider/horse pairs who amass over 50 points within a single show year. Her commitment to the sport and academic aspirations led her to choose Minnesota Crookston.

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Enthusiastically embracing the opportunity to compete in multiple disciplines, Mutnansky aims to participate in horsemanship at UMC under the NCAA banner. Describing horsemanship as a unique pattern-based event, she explained, “You get on a horse, have a few minutes to ride and figure it out, then go into your pattern. Another rider follows the same routine, and judges determine who rode the horse better.”

Saddles, sacrifices and the road ahead

Equestrian sports demand sacrifice and Mutnansky is no stranger to the challenges that come with pursuing her passion. Competitions often require substantial financial investment and extensive travel. She acknowledged the possibility of parting with her main show horse, to fund her collegiate aspirations. Undeterred by the financial hurdles, Mutnansky recognizes the long-term benefits of her decision. This sets her up for a viable career in the equine industry.

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Moreover, Mutnansky emphasized her dedication to the equine world beyond collegiate competition. “I’m going for equine science, and then I want to get certified in equine massage therapy,” Mutnansky shared. “So it’ll still be a job with horses after I graduate.” This commitment solidifies her passion for horses and sets the stage for a fulfilling career, combining her academic knowledge with hands-on therapeutic expertise. As Mutnansky prepares for this new chapter, she reflects on her accomplishments and expresses relief at having clarity about her future.

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Maleehah Shakeel

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Hey, I'm a fervent US sports writer at EssentiallySports, where my passion for sports seamlessly intertwines with the art of storytelling. I've honed my skills in crafting engaging narratives and offering insightful analysis within the realm of US sports, with a special expertise in equestrian sports. Equestrian sports aren't merely a fascination; they hold an irreplaceable spot in my heart.
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