North America’s premier equine exposition and gathering will be held in West Springfield, Massachusetts, Nov. 7-10. The four-day event is an opportunity for horse enthusiasts to experience one of the largest equine-related events in the country, including a trade show, educational events, breed exhibits, demonstrations, top clinicians and more. The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) will be on-site to educate college-bound students and their families about the opportunities to ride and compete at the collegiate level.
IHSA is open to men and women of all riding levels in the hunter seat and Western disciplines. The organization provides students with the opportunity to ride and compete during their college years without the expense of horse ownership.
IHSA will have an information booth located in the Better Living Center, booth #917. C.J. Law, the successful head coach of the Mount Holyoke College riding team, IHSA team members and representatives from IHSA will be at the booth to field questions.
One of the top coaches in the nation, Law has guided the Mount Holyoke team to many championships including three IHSA National Championships, four Tournament of Champions titles and a Mid-South Classic Championship. Under her guidance multiple students have claimed Cacchione Cup honors. At the 2019 Finals, Law's students shined. Most notably Sara Hearn was National Champion in Intermediate Equitation Over Fences and Libby Sams received Honorable Mention in Individual Novice Equitation on the Flat. Law has been featured in Practical Horseman and has written training articles published by the magazine.
“Equine Affaire is a wonderful event for all equestrians. It brings the disciplines together and offers amazing opportunities for people to further their horsemanship,” Law said. “It is a great place for horse people to reconnect with friends from across the country."
This year, Equine Affaire will present a College/Career Fair Saturday, Nov. 9. It begins at 10 a.m. with a presentation, 'Exploring Equine Careers and College Options' with Karin Bump, PHD. It will be followed by the College/Career Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. The Scavenger Hunt is an engaging way to meet a variety of industry professionals and college representatives and win fun prizes.
At 2 p.m. there will be a College/Career panel discussion in the Cosequin Equine Fundamentals Forum demo ring. Register in advance online or check in starting at 9 a.m. at the Equine Fundamentals Forum in Mallory South.
About Equine Affaire
Equine Affaire is North America’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering. Learn from and mingle with world-class trainers, coaches, competitors, judges and experts in the horse industry. Experience a wealth of equine and equestrian products at the largest horse-related trade shows in the nation. See dozens of breeds of horses from around the world. Buy a horse or sell one. Discover the right stallion for your mare or the ideal boarding, training or breeding facility for you and your horse. Experience the excitement of the Equine Affaire’s signature performances and competitions. Interface with all facets of the horse industry while sharing your passion for horses with friends, family and fellow horse people. Immerse yourself in all things equine for four incredible days. For more information visit equineaffaire.com
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. For more information go to IHSAinc.com
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