What's Happenin'

A Sidelines blog

Founder of Three IHSA Programs Anne Mather Brzezecki to be Honored

September 21, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: What's Happenin'

Anne Brzezicki will be honored at a retirement reception and dinner Sept. 22 at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she served as the director of the equestrian programs. She is described by students as an exceptional coach and teacher and she is beloved by her colleagues.

“Winning never gets old,” Anne said. “But my favorite experience has been working with the terrified beginner that becomes a real rider and finds their place in the world. IHSA provides that opportunity better than anything else.”

Anne was a founding member of the University of Connecticut Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) team and, as a student along with Duncan Peters, coached the 1972 National Championship team. UConn hired her to coach the team after graduation. Anne moved to Tennessee and founded the MTSU Equestrian Team in 1977 and, with Kenny Copenhaver, established the IHSA Western divisions in 1978. While attending graduate school at Virginia Tech, she founded their IHSA team and served as coach. Anne returned to MTSU in the 1980s. She has been active both in governance and competition with US Equestrian and AQHA and is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) master trainer, clinician and board member. In 2015, she was honored with the CHA Association Instructor of the Year award.

She is a member of the IHSA board of directors and was awarded the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and Regional Coach of the Year in 2004. Anne will stay on to serve as an IHSA director-at-large.


Polo School At Grand Champions Hosts CHA Certification Clinic Oct. 21-24 At Jim Brandon Equestrian Center

October 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

579WELLINGTON, FL-Oct. 19, 2013—-The Polo School at Grand Champions will host a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Certification Clinic, Oct. 21-24, at Jim Brandon Equestrian Center.


It will be a standard English/Western certification clinic with jumping certifications available.


Auditors are welcome for the full clinic or may come and observe any time during the four-day clinic.


The CHA, a non-profit association, promotes excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities and publishing educational resources.


For more information or to audit, contact Robin Sanchez, director and head instructor of The Polo School at Grand Champions at robin@pololessons.com.


Sanchez recently attended the Oct. 17-20 CHA International Conference in Buffalo, N.Y.




WHERE: 7500 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach


CONTACT NUMBER: 561-966-7090




Oct. 18-20, US Trust Cup presented by Polo Gear


Oct. 25-27, USPA Fall Plates


Oct. 30-Nov. 9, USPA North America Cup


Nov. 1-3, Pedro Morrison Memorial


Nov. 8-10, Palm Restaurant Invitational


Nov. 13-24,The National 20-Goal Championship




WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 561-644-5050.


INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro team Audi. Everyone is welcome to watch high and medium goal polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.

40th IHSA National Championships: One for the Record Books

May 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Fairfield, CT — (May 14, 2013) – Only twice in the 40-year history of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships have two hunter seat teams tied for the Collegiate Cup overall high point title: 1980, when Southern Seminary College tied with SUNY Stony Brook, and 1989, when Colby-Sawyer College tied with Pennsylvania State University.


Add 2013 to that short list. St. Lawrence University coach Mary Drueding and her defending national champion Saints will share the IHSA hunter seat high point team Collegiate Cup with last year’s reserve champions, coach Cindy Ford and her ‘built Ford tough’ Skidmore College Thoroughbreds.

“Sharing is better than losing to her,” joked Drueding about her good friend and even better IHSA Zone 2 rival. Ford and Skidmore turned up the heat in the homestretch like true Thoroughbreds on the first Saturday in May and brought the race for high point team at the 40th IHSA Nationals, at the Farm Expo Equine Center in Harrisburg, PA, to a dead heat.


During a good-natured ‘wrestling match’ while accepting the silver trophy, it was clear each coach held the other in high regard. “I admire Cindy’s work ethic. It’s an honor to share this with her,” Drueding said.


“We’re friends and competitors. The respect is reciprocal,” said Ford. Each team finished with 22 points overall.


“At mid-year,” Drueding mused, “we were behind in the standings. As the defending team that made me wonder, were we one-hit wonders? Although we’ve always been a little bit better in the spring than fall.”

Indeed, St. Lawrence riders began blooming with the start of Collegiate team finals on Thursday, May 2, in front of special guest and 1986 creator of the Collegiate saddle, Weatherbeeta executive vice president, Jack Levy.


“We had a strong start,” Drueding said. Saints rider Katherine Figueroa posted a win in Novice Hunter Seat Equitation, with Skidmore’s Jessica Stoukides in reserve; and Alyssa Bokor won Intermediate Hunter Seat Equitation, again with Skidmore (Emory Wonham) second.


Friday team classes belonged to Stanford University and coach Vanessa Bartsch. In back-to-back rides that left Stanford not to be underestimated, Eliza Richartz won Walk/Trot and Victoria Greenen won Walk/Trot/Canter, contributing to the 20 points overall that would earn the West Coast team singular ownership of the 2013 Collegiate Cup reserve title.

Friday turned into Saturday and Skidmore’s Flavia D’Urso won Open Equitation Over Fences, delivering the seven points needed to bring Skidmore neck-and-neck with St. Lawrence. “We just worked hard,” said Ford, now a seven-time Collegiate Cup winner. “You never get tired of winning.”


“To have our riders come all this way and leave as reserve national champions is incredibly gratifying,” said coach Bartsch. “We had a young team of first-year riders and sophomores, except for senior, Alison Smith. Winning back-to-back championships in Walk/Trot and Walk/Trot/Canter speaks to the work ethic of our riders and quality of our coaching staff.


“Eliza was on varsity sailing before learning to ride less than a year ago. Team captain, Claire Margolis, a sophomore, was the only rider to qualify in five classes (Individual Open Flat and Fences, Team Open Flat and Fences, and Cacchione Cup). She kept her focus and led her team, despite drawing first to go in all three over fences classes.” After her rides, Margolis, a Mathematics major, drolly noted to coach Bartsch that such odds had been 1 in 9,000.


The Reich Stuff Wins USEF/Cacchione Cup

Centenary College’s Cori Reich wasn’t intimidated by odds. Not when her goal was nothing short of the USEF/Cacchione Cup. Reich, who qualified last year but did not finish in the ribbons, spent senior year redoubling her efforts under coaches Michael Dowling and Heather Clark, and drawing upon her experience growing up on the family’s Rolling Coach Stables in Ivyland, PA, building her seat on horses whose sale prices reflected their problems.

“We got ‘difficult’ horses because those were the ones we could afford,” said Lori and George Reich, who came to Harrisburg to support their daughter but never dared hope it would be while holding the Cacchione Cup. “Cori started riding at age six. Every horse she’s owned has been challenging. Now she’s off to bigger things.”


In front of hunter seat judges Anne and Bobby Braswell, Reich earned 84.25 points on Kerry Kocher’s over fences course, drawing “experienced equitation horse” Parker, and scoring 90 on the flat with “fantastic draw,” King, for a final 174.25 points. The reserve champion, with 169, was Skidmore Collegiate Cup game-changer, Flavia D’Urso.

“This was the one show where I had no idea how things would go,” said the USEF/Cacchione Cup champion, who began weeping as D’Urso left the awards line-up to accept the reserve tricolor. “I happened to draw a good horse in the last phase. Parker is a Centenary horse I wanted if I was lucky, because I’m tall and he’s big, so we match well. For the flat, I drew Centenary’s King and he was fantastic.


“I was less worried about the draw than hearing there would be ten jumps in the ride-off. That was scary.” Reich, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies with a concentration in training and teaching, added, “I came as an individual rider for the Cacchione Cup. After last year, I was determined to be better prepared. Heather and Michael have been great. I was too aggressive last time so we ‘smoothed out’ my riding.”


D’Urso came ready to ride: “I’ve been with coach Ford for a long time, so I felt consistent and prepared. I was lucky to get Centenary’s Sean, who was soft and forward, as first draw. I came ready to put my best foot forward. At the end of the day it’s up to the judges.” The Skidmore senior, from Chester, NJ, plans take her degree in psychology and art to New York City to “see what happens.”

1996 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Silver medalist Peter Leone, on hand to award finalists with his latest book, Peter Leone’s Show Jumping Clinic, co-authored with Kimberly Jaussi, was impressed with the caliber of competition: “I see future assistants and employees. I’d like any of them working with me.” He’ll get his chance, having offered Reich a free week of one-on-one training at Leone’s Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, CT, after her finals.

“I remember being that age and how winning a championship like this puts you on cloud nine,” said Leone. Quoting George Morris, former US chef d’equipe and author of the forward in Leone’s book: “Through riding, you learn a lot about life. An opportunity like this offers a boost of confidence and energy for equestrian dreams and life in general.”


Reich said, “I want to be a show jumper. I’ve always looked up to (prior Cacchione Cup winner) Beezie Madden. She’s a great role model for riders and girls. I want to ride professionally, as well as teach, train and own my own barn.”

“We’re excited for Cori,” said Centenary coaches Clark and Dowling. “She did tons of no-stirrup work. Her nemesis is that she rides a ‘forward’ horse really well into a jump. Parker was a ‘leg’ horse and not the easiest ride, but her goal was the Cacchione Cup.”


Reich also accepted the EquestrianCoach.com Achievement of Excellence Award for hunter seat riders. “She was a clear winner,” said founder, Bernie Traurig. “She epitomized style, effective riding, and the potential for excellence in equestrian sport. She fit the criteria to a ‘T’.” Her award included an Antares helmet and internship with hunter/equitation trainer, Missy Clark.


The top three USEF/Cacchione finalists received inaugural Anne and Mario Cacchione Memorial Scholarships: Reich, D’Urso, and Blake Roberts (Virginia Intermont College).

SmartPak Hunter Seat Horse of the Show was Centenary College’s King, a bay, 21 year-old Dutch Warmblood that has been with its riding program for seven years and described as a “fantastic draw” and “perfect IHSA pro.”

The Jockey Club Incentive Program, encouraging retraining/rehoming OTTBs, recognized Skidmore College hunter seat draw, Noah, a “simple, not complicated, ride,” as outstanding Thoroughbred of the show. Reserve was St. Lawrence’s “good draw, plenty of hunter miles, and auto-swap” Louie.


Love’s Labor Found: West Texas A&M Champions

“We’re going to Disney World,” joked West Texas A&M University head coach, Amanda Love, amid cheers and tears as the final team scores confirmed what her Lady Buffs had aimed for all season: taking the 2013 AQHA Trophy High Point Western Team Championship back to Canyon.

At first it seemed the Nationals might have another team tie. Sunday’s last day of classes in front of western judges Joe Carter and Deborah Kail opened with WTAMU and St. Andrews University sharing the top slot, having parried points since Friday when Addie Davis scored WTAMU’s first team points while closing her own college riding career with a third in NRHA Open Reining Pattern, followed shortly by Samantha Cram’s reserve in Novice Western Horsemanship for SAU.


The team title came down to the final team class: Open Western Horsemanship. While the championship went to Austin Griffith for Ohio State (who saw no shortage of individual awards at Harrisburg) the reserve to Western Individual Open Horsemanship champion Julia Roberts (WTAMU) clinched an historic second AQHA Trophy for the Lady Buffs, exactly a decade after their last IHSA Western team title.


“Every year I feel like we have a team that could be successful, but this was different,” Love said. “I knew it was going to work out. We had a great showing by winning Western Semi-Finals and kept that momentum.

“This has been a great group of girls and an absolutely successful year of building relationships. That’s what we focus on, making sure we have a team atmosphere that encourages success for everyone. Every week, we are an athletic team that pushes to become the best team out there.”

Also meeting their academic best, WTAMU’s Mary Trimble was named recipient of the 2013 Joan Johnson Memorial Scholarship.


For newly-minted AQHA Trophy Reserve Champion coach Carla Wennbergy, “This is the best I’ve ever done. It’s been an amazing, long road and this team worked so hard. It’s like life. You work hard, you reap the benefits.” The St. Andrews University western coach’s closest prior brush with the trophy had been a tie for third with Middle Tennessee State. During a Saturday evening ceremony in the arena orchestrated by fellow coach, Peggy McElveen, five of the SAU team were presented with their graduation diplomas at Harrisburg.


Meanwhile, Austin Griffith of Ohio State University, has figured out the perfect early Mother’s Day gift: Win a national title. Defend it. Win it again. Which is exactly what the 2013 AQHA High Point Western Rider did while rewriting IHSA history as its second-ever consecutive champion. Only Quincy Cahill (WTAMU) can claim the same, having won AQHA High Point Western Rider in 2000, 2001, and 2002.


“I’ll take the gift. He rode even better than last year,” said mom Debbie Griffith. She and husband Ollie have coached OSU since the inception of its western team more than 25 years ago.


Griffith’s win in team Open Horsemanship helped OSU finish its season tied third nationally with University of Findlay. He also slid into the individual Open Reining title and reserve in team reining, received the 2013 Jack Fritz Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late, great advocate of collegiate riding, and accepted an EquestrianCoach.com Achievement of Excellence Award that included a Pard’s gift certificate and internship with NRHA legend, Tim McQuay.


“It feels awesome,” Griffith said. Drawing Ohio State’s Wilson for the reining phase, and with NRHA president Beth Himes in the audience, his goal with the upper level horse described as a “show horse with a spur stop” was to “Send him up with my leg without risking breaking stride. I was most worried about lead changes, but didn’t have to be. Things turned out pretty good.


“After reining, I was at the end of the first split and had twelve riders to sit through. Ashley (Winters) was in the second split, so that was nerve-wracking.”


Giving Griffith those title race jitters was University of Findlay first-year rider, Ashley Winters: “I love my coaches. They told me to keep my head up and show them what a freshman can do.” The Western Equine Studies and Environmental Safety major earned 78 points in Phase 1 and 91 in Phase Two, after a re-ride, to clinch the AQHA Trophy Reserve Championship with 169 points. Griffith, scoring 120 in Phase 1 and repeating that score in Phase 2, had 240 overall.

Kelsey Delaplaine, of West Virginia University, earned the IHSA Versatility Award, qualifying in both disciplines for AQHA Open Western Rider, Open Equitation on the Flat, and USEF/Cacchione Cup.


WVU and coach Bobby Dean also had SmartPak Western Horse of the Show: 1987 American Quarter Horse gelding, Joker By Story (Storys Early Morn x Tambo’s Star x Indiana Look), bred by Sharon Puccio of Farmington, WV.


“A former student donated Joker to the program where he has been happily training students in the art of horsemanship for ten years,” said coach Dean. “He’s won national championships four times – twice this year. He won team novice (with Emily Kopko of Middle Tennessee State University), and team advanced (with Kayla Wells of WTAMU). He’s a good boy.”


Also Honored

Dartmouth College made its mark in academic and lifetime achievement. The IHSA Senior Athletic Academic Achievement Award Essay Winner was Natalie Colaneri: “Over time, the resilience I learned from competing at horse shows shaped my academic performance. I turned negative feelings experienced after doing poorly in a show or on an exam into motivation to do better next time. This confidence, stemming from my learned ability to convert failure into motivation, was essential to my academic success at college and I know will be incredibly beneficial in any career path I choose.

The 21st IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sally Batton. Batton is in her 23rd season as director of riding and head coach of the Dartmouth College equestrian team, coming to the school in 1990 after two years coaching at Centenary. “I love how IHSA brings all experience levels together. I love seeing the highest level riders gathered around the walk-trotter, to do hair and cheer them on. I love that IHSA allows every rider to compete,” said the IHSA National Steward since 2001, and 2008 American Riding Instructors Association ‘Instructor of the Year.’


With personal congratulations on Saturday by Harrisburg’s Mayor Linda J. Thompson, the Overall IHSA Community Service Award (and 31+ members division award) went to Pennsylvania State University.


“As part of the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON), the Penn State team raised $35,000 in 2012-2013 for pediatric cancer through fundraising,” said equestrian team coach Malinda Grice. “By collecting spare change, ‘canning’ on street corners, selling saddle pads, and mail appeals, the team helped THON raise more than $12 million this year. Since their participation in fundraising for THON began in 2007, Penn State IHSA riders have raised $129,000.


Proceeds from THON go to the Four Diamonds Fund supporting pediatric cancer research and family funding/support at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA.”


IHSA Community Service (1-15 members division) Award winner was Gettysburg College, whose team volunteers at The Hoffman Home for Youth, a residential psychiatric treatment center in Littlestown, PA, and played an integral role in launching its new therapeutic riding program.


Recognized for service in the 16-30 members division was the Hofstra University team. After Hurricane Sandy, its team helped devastated families in Long Beach, Island Park and Breezy Point by gutting homes and helping retrieve personal items. Donating their time each weekend, the riders worked through the holidays giving out toys and food for Long Island’s ‘new homeless,’ and in April, raised over $1,000 with a dinner/dance benefit for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.


Two of three IHSA Nationals Sportsmanship Awards went to Lafayette College equestrians. The Coach’s Sportsmanship Award went to Lafayette coach Erin Githens, for her additional contributions as a volunteer coordinator, overseeing a team of hundreds without losing, as nominations praised, her “stress-free attitude, positive vibes, and always great sense of humor.”


Githen’s positive example apparently rubbed off: the Rider’s Sportsmanship Award went to Lafayette AQHA High Point Western rider, Rebecca Folk. Folk helped with ‘mock horse show’ draws and was on the Smartpak Award Presentations Team, fitting her own riding in between obligations. “She spent time helping others by giving advice on horses, as well as sharing her notes on the Western horses with other riders who were competing against her in her class,” her nominations cited.

Amy Gregoris received the Volunteer’s Sportsmanship Award for her role as stable coordinator: “She met the needs of each school and more than a hundred horses. She was approachable, helpful, and accommodating!”


Also paying tribute to the 40th edition of America’s oldest and largest intercollegiate equestrian national championships were Executive Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Michael L. Pechart, and Deputy Secretary for Animal Agriculture, Mathew Meals, while IHSA founder and executive director, Robert Cacchione, announced that a renewal contract had been signed to return to Harrisburg in May 2014.


“IHSA is founded on team spirit, sportsmanship and fun, and these have remained the objectives since inception. We look forward to creating yet another very special event next year,” said Cacchione.


“Thank you for choosing Harrisburg. We look forward to working with you,” confirmed George Greig, Office of the Secretary for the Department of Agriculture, for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


For complete individual and team results from the 2013 IHSA National Championships, go to www.IHSAinc.com.

More Than Good Horse Sense: IHSA Rider Among Rhodes Scholars for Second Time in Two Years

December 08, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Fairfield, CT- December 5, 2012- Stride for stride, solid horse sense leads to scholarly achievement. For the second time in two years. the Rhodes Trust has awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association college equestrian athlete to pursue post-graduate study at Oxford University.

This year’s recipient is IHSA hunter seat rider, Rachel Kolb, of Los Ranchos, NM, who is in her second year as president of the Stanford Equestrian Team, and co-terminal year at Stanford (CA) University (i.e., she will graduate this year with a BA in English/minor in Human Biology and a Masters in English).

Kolb is Stanford’s 2012 IHSA Regional Champion in Intermediate Flat and Fences, and has twicehelped bring the team to the national Top Ten: At the 2010 IHSA Nationals, in Team Intermediate Fences, where Stanford finished fourth, and again at the 2011 IHSA National Championships, in Team Intermediate Flat (Stanford placed sixth).

Rhodes Scholar, Rachel Kolb aboard Ronny


In the classroom, Kolb earned an 2011 IHSA/EQUUS Foundation Scholarship and, in 2012, was recognized as an IHSA Senior Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient, and led Stanford to the first Team IHSA All-Academic Award (since the creation of the distinction in 2011). Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, she is managing editor of the Leland Quarterly, a campus literary magazine, and an opinion columnist for The Stanford Daily. At Oxford, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Contemporary Literature.

“I feel extremely honored to have received the Rhodes scholarship, and I am looking forward to studying at Oxford over the next two years,” Kolb replied via an electronic interview.  “The news is still sinking in, but I’m already hoping to find a way to ride while in England. I had the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford during my junior year at Stanford, which I loved, so I feel very fortunate to have the chance to return.

“Seeing my trainer, Meredith Houx Remiger (as well as Albuquerque trainer, Elani Rager) ride in high jumper stakes and local Grand Prix inspired me in my youth, and I’ve loved the chance to learn from all my coaches while at the Stanford Red Barn.”


During her time at Stanford, Kolb has built a unique bond and a second language with her IHSA coach, Vanessa Bartsch.  “As Rachel has been deaf her whole life, she is remarkably adept at managing in the ring and out,” said Coach Bartsch.  “After coaching her for four years, signing to her seems completely normal. I sign to her (while speaking) in all of her lessons, when she is working in the barn, and at team meetings.


“That said, my signing causes a fair amount of hilarity for Rachel, because of my mix-ups and made-up signs.  So much so that it has a bit of a life of its own: instead of ASL (American Sign Language), Rachel jokes that I use VSL (Vanessa Sign Language).”

For coach and student, it has been a learning curve ridden together. Bartsch explained, “ASL is comprised of a limited vocabulary of signs, and there are no signs for things like ‘trot’ or ‘gallop,’ let alone ‘impulsion,’ ‘counter-canter,’ or ‘bran mash.’ Rachel and I developed our own vocabulary so I can coach her in lessons and in the show arena.


“It’s always funny when she tries to teach horse signs to the interpreters who sign for her when I’m not there, as some signs, such as ‘trot’ and ‘toilet’ look remarkably similar!  None of the interpreters are horse people.  They are used to signing in a classroom, so they’ve had a steep learning curve about where to stand in a dressage lesson (in the middle, though they report 20 meter circles make them dizzy) versus a jumping lesson (not in front of a fence).”


Kolb said, “I’ve never viewed my deafness as an impediment to riding, especially since the horses never mind. Having such supportive teammates and coaches, particularly people like Vanessa who make communication so easy, has allowed me to take full advantage of opportunities on the team. Sign language has embedded itself into the team culture in various ways, which has been tremendous fun.”


Kolb is not the first IHSA college equestrian athlete to be named a Rhodes Scholar.  In 2010, Gabrielle Emanuel of Dartmouth College (NH) was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University. Emanuel – who majored in history at Dartmouth before graduating summa cum laude  – used her scholarship to pursue a doctorate in Development Studies, focusing on ethical perspectives in international development. A Rufus Choate Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, she rode on the Dartmouth IHSA equestrian team and competed as a Walk-Trot rider, while also working to provide health care to Boston’s homeless, help rural Ugandans attend American universities, and support microfinance in India.


Sally Batton, head coach of the Dartmouth equestrian team, remembered Emanuel for her focus and drive, and for committing herself as an active member of the IHSA team while remaining involved in many other activities.


“She really had great self motivation to get a job done,” Batton said. “She was and is totally capable of doing everything she sets her mind to.”


Bartsch sees a parallel between the high standards of the Rhodes Trust and success as a collegiate equestrian athlete.  “Thanks to our amazing organization, which welcomes all types of riders, Rachel flourished not only as a rider but as a leader. She told me that she was asked about riding–and the IHSA–in her Rhodes interviews.  I think it speaks to the heart of what we/IHSA do best: allow student athletes to flourish in the ring and the classroom. The experience they get showing, riding, and leading contribute to the trajectory of their lives, regardless of their background or unique challenges.


“There are so many parallels between what the IHSA teaches. ‘Catch riding,’ or learning how to bring the best out of any horse/job/situation/class, is a skill that stays with young people for life.”
Rhodes Scholars are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements as well as their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever careers they choose. The Rhodes Scholarship is a prestigious post-graduate award established in 1902 after the death of famed diamond magnate, Cecil Rhodes, and is intended, according to the Rhodes Trust website, www.rhodesscholar.org, to bring outstanding students from around the world to Oxford.
To learn more about IHSA, collegiate equestrian teams, and scholarships, visit www.ihsainc.com http://www.ihsainc.com .


“My favorite school horse at Stanford is probably Kandinsky (barn name “Ronny,” the big chestnut I’m riding in those photos). He’s a wonderful, big equitation horse unlike anything I got to ride before joining the team. He’s been around and done everything, so he knows how to march into the arena and do his job, but he still requires a smart, conscious, and balanced rider to allow him to feel comfortable and perform his best. He’s a true pleasure to ride”


Photos of Ms Kolb on SU’s Ronny courtesy Stanford Univ/IHSA


About IHSA
The IHSA mission is to promote competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels. IHSA is based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of financial status or riding level.More than 400 educational institutions in the U.S. and parts of Canada have teams belonging to IHSA, including student academic clubs, JV, and/or varsity programs. Learn more at www.ihsainc.com , and connect with more than 6,800 student riders and coaches on Facebook and Twitter @IHSAin


IHSA Members Emerge as Finalists in Top USHJA Programs

November 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'


Fairfield, CT—November 27, 2013—In 2009, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association launched a partnership with the United States Hunter Jumper Association with the goal of benefiting all members and increasing awareness of the hunter/jumper sport.


“IHSA coaches and riders represent an important demographic,” said USHJA President, Bill Moroney, when the then-new partnership was saluted during the IHSA National Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park.


Today, IHSA members are also among the national finalists for the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program.  Megan Devine (University of Louisville) and Brendan Weiss (Penn State University) emerged from an original group of 200 riders participating in ten regional clinics across America to join the top 16 riders selected to attend the USHJA National Training Session November 15-18, hosted by Rush and Carl Weeden, at Field and Fences, in Gurnee, Illinois.


“The EAP Committee,” says USHJA CEO, Shelby French, “strives to identify dedicated and knowledgeable young riders who have demonstrated the enthusiasm, work ethic and aptitude necessary for success as equestrians.”


Riders accepted into EAP began their journey by participating in one of 10 Regional Clinics. During the extensive four-day clinics, riders worked with top clinicians and leading stable managers. Riders and horses participating in Regional Clinics were instructed on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, as well as intensive stable-management curriculum incorporating care and grooming, horsemanship, and barn management. They also completed a written test as part of their evaluation for the National Training Session.


A select group of 16 riders were then invited to continue on to the EAP National Training Session, based on riding and stable-management skills, written test results, and potential shown during the Regional Clinics.


In addition, IHSA member Eliana Rabinowitz (Franklin and Marshall College) has been named a finalist in the USHJA Horseman’s Quiz Challenge, which tests a rider’s knowledge of all-things-equine including riding theory, shipping, lunging, tack and health care.  The mission of the USHJA HQC has been to educate and recognize young equestrians who have exceptional horsemanship knowledge, and ignite passion for advancing that knowledge and making it integral to their equestrian life.


HQC was created through the vision of Elaine Schott, Vice Chair of the USHJA Youth Committee:  “My barn had a monthly dinner where we challenged our equine trivia on a planned topic, such as disease and wellness. It was a wonderful barn bonding and very educational. I thought of the Quiz Challenge Program by taking it a step further than my barn.”

The benefits of USHJA membership to those belonging to the IHSA include access to other educational programs and recognition: Trainers Certification, USHJA Clinic programs, Zone Scholarships, HOTY and Stirrup Cup Awards, USHJA Outreach Awards, USHJA Affiliate Awards, and a College Lettering Program.  Learn more by visiting www.ushja.org/programs/youth.


About IHSA

The IHSA mission is to promote competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels.  IHSA is based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of financial status or riding level. More than 400 educational institutions in the U.S. and parts of Canada have teams belonging to IHSA, including student academic clubs, JV, and/or varsity programs.  For more information about programs, scholarships, teams and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.ihsainc.com.


Alumni Tournament of Champions Launched by Former IHSARiders

July 13, 2012 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Alumni Tournament of Champions

Alumni From Up and Down the Eastern Seaboard Invited to Participate

Fairfield, CT—July 13, 2012—For alumni riders wishing to continue that intercollegiate experience, an Alumni Tournament of Champions, the brainchild of IHSA alumni representatives, Lena Andrews Licata and Jamie Windle, will premier Sunday, July 29, under judge Louise Kass, and hosted by the Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

The Alumni Tournament of Champions is open to all alumni riders in IHSA Zones 2, 3 and 4.  The prize list has also extended the invitation to “alumni from up and down the Eastern Seaboard to participate in this newly formed annual event.”  All riders must have been active IHSA alumni members 2011-2012.

The event will feature classes on the flat and over fences (up to 2’6”) and an Alumni Cup.  Each IHSA Region may send two riders to participate in the Alumni Cup. The class will be run USEF/Cacchione Cup-style with all riders receiving a score on the flat and over six or more fences (at least 2′ 3″ and not to exceed 2′ 9″ in height), and including at least one change of direction. The top four riders will be asked back to test.  An Alumni Cup Perpetual Trophy and top six ribbons will then be awarded.

The idea for the alumni tournament began with a Facebook idea shared between Licata (Zone 3, Region 4) and Windle (Zone 4, Region 4):   “A post suggested our regions should ride against each other for fun. Now we’re inviting more zones to compete.” The Alumni Tournament of Champions is not affiliated with Tournament of Champions events produced by Beckett Run.

A website has been developed to handle entries (deadline July 15) and to make show photographs available for purchase. “It’s blossomed from there,” said Licata. “I’m expecting almost twenty alum in the fall so I’ll certainly need it.” See http://alumnitoc.webs.com.