(Fargo, ND) -- North Dakota State University is eliminating the coach and advisor position for the school's Equestrian Club Team.
Team officials say the university informed them this week that the position is being cut because of budget issues.
"This decision is going to be detrimental to our competitive teams, our Equine Science program, and our Animal Science program. We are asking for your help to try to save our programs that we love so much, and the coach who has been a vital part in all of our lives," said the team in a statement posted to their Facebook page. "Tara Swanson is an incredible coach, mentor, advisor, lecturer, and person. She has pushed us, helped us, and fought for us every single day in order for us to learn and grow as equestrians, students, and people in general. We realize we are so incredibly lucky to have her, and we will not give up on her, because she has never given up on us."
The team has created a petition to try to save the program. As of Thursday morning, over 3200 signatures on the petition had been gathered.
Swanson also teaches for the Equine Science Program, coaches the Western Equestrian team and is and advisor for the NDSU Harseman's Association.