Young equestrians from across the U.S. and Canada are set to compete at the 2019 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championship at the New York State Fair Expo Center, in Syracuse, New York, May 2-5. The event will feature 450 men and women hunter seat and Western collegiate athletes of all levels in divisions from Walk-Trot through Open. The contenders have competed throughout the season to qualify to take part in the National Championship.
During Nationals, the top competitors will vie for team, individual and alumni championships in their divisions. The event features the coveted USEF/Cacchione Cup and the AQHA Western High Point Rider national final.
Former winners of the USEF/Cacchione Cup include four-time Olympic medalist and 2013 and 2017 FEI World Cup Finals champion Beezie Madden, Olympic gold medalist Peter Wylde, top horseman and trainer James Fairclough II and renowned equestrian professional Daniel Geitner. Olympic silver medalist Greg Best was a USEF/Cacchione Cup reserve champion.
IHSA is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Western divisions. Previous notable AQHA Western High Point Riders include AQHA Youth World Cup Reining champion and many-time AQHA Congress Reining champion Trevor Dare, World Champion NRHA rider and many-time winner of the NRHA Derby Austin Griffith and Jared LeClair, reserve champion IHSA AQHA Western High Point Rider and IHSA Individual Reining champion and winner of many significant reining championships.
What: Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championship
When: May 2-5
Time: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: New York State Fair Expo Center, Syracuse, New York
Address: 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, NY 13209
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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 to build successful careers.
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