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Captain John “Jack” Fritz Perpetual IHSA Scholarship Award

June 21, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Nora Demchur, center, with USC IHSA rising seniors Julie, Megan, Katie & Kara.

The inaugural recipient of the Jack Fritz Memorial Scholarship ($1,500), from Zone 5, Region 2, was Nora Demchur of the University of South Carolina.

The 39th IHSA National Championships remembered IHSA co-founder, Captain John “Jack” Fritz, who passed away at age 87 on February 10, 2012.  Fritz was a strong advocate for college riding and was honored with a perpetual IHSA Scholarship, sponsored by ECE Equestrian Co., LLC, and launched in his name during the May 3-6 event in Raleigh, NC.

Nora, 21, is from Malvern, PA and the President/Captain of the ISHA team. “I’ve been riding ever since I can remember, my mom is a trainer/farm manager and I grew up riding mostly project or sale ponies/horses.  I grew up eventing because that’s what my mom does and then I switched over to jumpers after I had ridden the pony jumpers on one of the sale ponies.  Currently, I mostly just ride in IHSA competitions at school and do the Adult Jumpers on my Irish mare when I can.  I don’t have very much time to show outside of IHSA because I am a pre-med with a psychology major and biology minor so school keeps me quite busy!”

Congratulations to Nora for winning this very competitive scholarship!

(L-R) Nora, Shelby, Katie & Kara after Shelby placed 2nd in Novice Fences at the IHSA Nationals