A FIRST FOR NDPMA

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January 17, 2021

For information on enrollment and registration at Notre Dame, please visit the admissions section of our website here.

Notre Dame senior earns the school's first-ever equestrian college scholarship, will attend University of California, Davis.

Notre Dame Prep senior Kendall Lance is shown competing at the Ohio Paint Horse Club Buckeye Bonanza in August. She earned wins in showmanship, hunt seat and horsemanship.


Kendall Lance has been riding horses competitively for nine years now, with the last four at Notre Dame Prep. Before NDP, she competed for Troy and Clarkston's school equestrian programs. Outside of school, she's been a regular in American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and American Paint Horse Association (APHA) events.

Needless to say, she's a big fan of the sport.

"Competing in equestrian events is very rewarding because it requires a lot of hard work to be successful," said Lance, who first enrolled at Notre Dame as a fifth grader. "Not only do we have to account for our own health and safety, but we also have to account for our horses. Riding has taught me also how to persevere and be responsible for people other than myself." 

Great friends

She also said there's something very special about having her teammates cheer when her name is called.

"I've made so many great friends through equestrian who I would not have otherwise met."

Notre Dame Prep's equestrian team won the MIHA district 11 event held this past September.


Now, Lance gets to look forward to making friends in California in the fall because she's heading to the University of California, Davis, after earning a scholarship from the university's equestrian program, now in its third season as an intercollegiate athletic program. 

Competing in an emerging sport in the NCAA, UC Davis is one of 16 Division I programs in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association and is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

    NDP senior Kendall Lance

Lance is hoping and praying that when she gets to college, the COVID-19 crisis is a thing of the past.

District champs

"The pandemic did affect our fall season, but I am so grateful I get to compete my senior year," she said. "We typically have two weekends of districts, but this season we only had one, and of course, wearing masks is not something we usually do while riding. This past year, we moved to a new district and were the district champions among five teams. All of my teammates did really great." 

Lance also is appreciative of the many other opportunities that Notre Dame has provided.

"NDP is one of the only private schools in our area that offers a varsity equestrian team, and it is by far the biggest and most accomplished," she said. "But in the classroom, I am confident that balancing competing in equestrian in college and the rigorous academics UC Davis is known for  will be entirely manageable due to my time at Notre Dame. 

"And since NDP has many AP classes, I've been able to tailor my schedule around my interests, and get college credits at the same time. In addition, I've had some amazing teachers who have bettered me in many ways."

For information on enrollment and registration at Notre Dame, please visit the admissions section of our website here.

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.