The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) held eight Zone Finals March 30-April 7. The eight Zone hunter seat competitions produced across the country were qualifying events for the 2019 IHSA National Championship to be held at the New York State Fair Expo Center in Syracuse, New York May 2-5.
From each Zone Finals, the top two teams and the top two individual riders from each division all qualified to compete at the highlight of the IHSA season. Each Zone Final also held a qualifying class for the USEF/Cacchione Cup. The IHSA National Championship Show determines the team, individual and alumni champions in both hunter seat and Western. The event also features the coveted USEF/Cacchione Cup and the AQHA Western High Point Rider national final.
"We are all looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces at a beautiful venue in Syracuse for Nationals," said Bob Cacchione, IHSA founder and executive director of the IHSA.
The Roger Williams University team nabbed the first spot for Zone 1 with 38 points. The reserve champion Sacred Heart University team was a close second with 37 points.
In Zone 2, eight-time national champion Skidmore College team clinched the championship and the St Lawrence University team took reserve and will also vie for the top prize in Syracuse.
In Zone 3, Delaware Valley University earned the championship and will join reserve champion Penn State University for team competition at IHSA Nationals.
With 44 team points, the Emory & Henry team were victors in the Zone 4 championship. Sweet Briar took the reserve championship with 37 points and will join the team competition in Syracuse.
Three-time national champions Savannah College of Art & Design team won the Zone 5 Championship with 51 points. The Zone 5 Finals were held Saturday March 30 at Auburn University. The Louisiana State University team will also make the trip to IHSA Nationals after earning the reserve championship after a three-way tie breaker with Vanderbilt University and University of Alabama.
With 47 team points, Miami University of Ohio won the Zone 6 championship. The reserve champion Otterbein University team, with 38 points will also travel to Syracuse for team competition at IHSA Nationals.
Purdue University, with 44 points, won the Zone 7 championship. West Texas A&M earned 34 points and reserve champion honors and will compete in join the teams in Syracuse.
Stanford University took the Zone 8 championship with 51 points and will join reserve champion the University of Southern California for team competition at IHSA Nationals.
“At Nationals, all the teams will start from square-one,” Cacchione said. “The national team championship is fair game for any of the qualifying teams.”
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ABOUT THE IHSA
The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) welcomes men and women of all riding levels and offers individual and team competition in hunter seat equitation, Western horsemanship and reining at more than 400 member colleges and universities. Membership in IHSA means that college students can participate at horse shows regardless of their experience or financial status. Students compete at eight levels from beginner through advanced with suitable, provided horses, eliminating the expense of horse ownership.
Founded in 1967 by Bob Cacchione, it is the oldest and largest intercollegiate equestrian organization with 10,000 members in 47 states and Canada. IHSA college and university team participation is represented through a variety of programs including varsity athletics, academic departments and club sports. IHSA offers valuable hands-on experience and professional development in multiple facets of the equine industry. Many IHSA teams participate in service projects, giving back to their communities. Through the IHSA, students enhance their college experience and develop the tools that help build successful careers.
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