Penn State sophomore Elizabeth Lubrano (second on left) may not have won an individual class at 2010 IHSA Nationals but she did earn second
place ribbons in both individual open over fences and open flat. IHSA Nationals Ringmaster Dr. John Xanthopoulos (on far left) helps Lubrano hold up a $100.00
gift certificate for Perri's Leather Goods. Also in the photo are Nittany Lions Head Coach Malinda Grice (center), PSU senior Jessica Hoy (who was ninth in
individual open over fences) and IHSA Founder and Executive Director Bob Cacchione (on far right).
SKIDMORE & CENTENARY RIDERS WIN HALF OF THE EIGHT INDIVIDUAL UNDERGRADUATE HUNTER SEAT CLASSES AT 2010 IHSA NATIONALS
Lexington, KY - For the second season in a row better than half of the classes on opening
day of IHSA Nationals were individual hunter seat divisions. Six of the eight undergraduate
individual english classes took place on Thursday, May 6th, as Nationals made their first
appearance in the horse capitol of Kentucky since 1985.
But unlike 25 seasons earlier the National show was held indoors this time. Though the
Kentucky Horse Park hopes to put a sponsor's name on their newly-constructed 5,500 seat
indoor facility by the time the World Equestrian Games roll into town in September, the
structure is currently known as the "Indoor Equestrian Event Arena" at the Kentucky Horse
Park. Since IHSA Nationals will once again be at the Kentucky Horse Park next season (the
IHSA signed a two-year contract with the venue) one can only wonder what the arena will be
known as one year from now.
The individual undergraduate hunter seat classes were made up of 20 riders for the first
time in IHSA history. Between 2003 and 2009 these classes had been made up of 18 riders.
However in 2009 the IHSA Board of Directors voted to allow any hunter seat Zone with over
1,000 registered undergraduate hunter seat riders to bring not their top two but rather
their top three in each individual class at Zones to the IHSA National show. Both Zones 2
and 3 could make this claim in 2009-10, and as such brought three survivors in each of the
eight Zones classes to Lexington. With 20 riders in each class these were the largest
individual classes save for Cacchione Cup and individual AQHA Trophy classes in IHSA history.
This however is only a one-year phenomenon, as the Board voted in early 2010 to allow only
the top two individuals in each individual class at each Zone show to advance to Nationals
from now on regardless of the number of registered riders a Zone may contain in the future.
|Defending IHSA National Champion hunter seat team Centenary College started out as if 2009
IHSA Nationals had never ended. After Marissa Cohen (not pictured) won individual intermediate over fences,
Cyclone teammate Lindsey Mohr (on right) won individual open over fences. Co-Coach Michael Dowling (on left)
would see Centenary add a pair of wins in team classes before the first day of Nationals had been completed.
For those who do not know how one qualifies for IHSA Nationals on an individual basis,
here is a simple explanation. During the regular season a rider showing in any of the
hunter seat divisions except for Open and Alumni must earn 35 points to qualify for
Regionals in that division. A rider earns seven points for a first, five for second, four
for third all the way down to one point for sixth. Once a rider reaches or exceeds 35
points in a division that rider automatically qualifies for Regionals and moves up to the
next level for the remainder of the regular season (points earned at the higher level over
the remaining shows carry over into the following season). At Regionals all of the riders
who qualified in a given division ride off against each other. Depending on the Zone,
either the top two or the top three at Regionals advance to Zones for hunter seat. The
individual qualifiers to Zones must then place first or second (or in Zones 2 and 3,
third) to advance to IHSA Nationals.
For open riders and alumni riders the process is similar. Riders in these divisions
need to earn 28 or more points to qualify for Regionals. However unlike in the other
divisions the points do not carry over from season-to-season, with all points erased at
the end of the school year. Once a rider at any of the open or alumni levels qualifies
for the post-season they too must make the top two or three at Regionals to continue their
seasons on to Zones and hopefully from there on to Nationals.
There would be 160 individual hunter seat undergraduate rides, plus a few additional
rides for those who were tested over fences. Only a very small number of riders qualified
to ride twice, and additionally 37 schools could claim exactly one rider showing across
the eight individual undergraduate hunter seat divisions (a separate article on the
alumni classes - including the western divisions - is in the works).
For the first time since the 1990's the first class actually started before 8:50AM
local time. While the official IHSA Nationals programs list that the "Competition
Begins" at 8:30AM, usually the first rider is not in the ring until 8:50 or so (sometimes
the first rider is not in the ring until after 9AM). Maggie Gordon of Lehigh University
entered the ring for Individual Intermediate Over Fences at 8:47AM. Earlier during horse
draw Gordon had picked out the horse with the corresponding number of '1' which meant she
would go first. However there was a problem with the horse draw for the first class
which meant the entire draw had to be scrapped and started over again. Strangely enough
Gordon again chose the horse with the number '1' and wound up first in the ring anyway.
When Gordon was finished jumping announcer Kenn Marash read aloud the combined judge's
scores of Don Stewart and Susie Schoellkopf (each of whom were making their IHSA Nationals
debut in the judge's chairs). Gordon had faired well, receiving a score of '81.'
|Along with her parents, her sister Erin and Cacchione, University of Mary Washington
junior Mary Ryan Richardson (second on left) stands in the winner's circle after earning the blue ribbon
in individual novice over fences. Though Richardson was the only Zone 4, Region 1 undergraduate rider
to survive Zone 4 Zones on an individual basis the junior from Powatan, Virginia was the only Zone 4
rider to win an individual class during the four-day event.
Eventually four riders would earn combined jumping scores higher than Gordon's, and
those four riders were subject to additional testing. Following the test all 20 riders
were invited back to the ring for the awarding of ribbons. Marash acknowledged half
the field by reading off which riders received honorable mention ribbons. After ten of
these honorable ribbons had been given out tenth place went to Michigan State sophomore
Lauren Major. From Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Major was the only rider from Zone 6,
Region 4 to survive Zone 6 Zones (this region had only two individual qualifiers and
their Cacchione Cup and individual AQHA Trophy riders competing in Lexington). Major
had received a score of '76.' Ninth place went to Northern Illinois sophomore Deidre
Cwain. From St. Charles, Illinois, Cwain (pronounced "Shwann") received a score of '77.'
Bailey Cone was one of several riders listed in the program with their 'real' first name
rather than the name they go by. The Virginia Intermont senior from Landrum, South
Carolina whose younger sister Arden rides for Hollins was identified as "Amanda Cone" in
the program. Cone received a score of '79' to place eighth while New York University
junior Juliana Goldlust was seventh. From Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Goldlust was one of
the last riders to go and received a score of '79.5.' Grace Golan of Indiana University
sported the green ribbon. A senior from Winnetka, Illinois Golan was not done with her
IHSA career, as she would be back later in the day for a ride in individual intermediate
on the flat. Golan received a score of '80' while Gordon, a sophomore from Jericho, New
York was fifth. Though the top four were tested the outcome remained as if they had not
been. Paige Brady, a Cazenovia College junior from Oneonta, New York was fourth with a
score of '82' going into the test and fourth when the class had been completed. Katie
Kearney, a University of Kentucky junior from Atlanta, Georgia received a score of '83'
which was third both before and after the test. Melissa Groher, the lone member of the
Connecticut College team in attendance had received an '84.' Further testing still gave
the Camel sophomore from South Glastonbury, Connecticut the reserve champion ribbon.
Marissa Cohen, a junior from West Chester, Pennsylvania received an '85' and emerged
from the test unscathed. Cohen, whose win in team intermediate over fences a year ago
was a turning point which sent Centenary College toward their first National
Championship in 30 years (and during which she received a score of '81' but jumped three
riders during testing) had delivered the Cyclones their first blue ribbon of the
competition but certainly not their last.
The schedule for 2010 Nationals saw all three individual over fences classes knocked
down right at the start of the competition. Individual Open Over Fences was the second
class of the morning on May 6th and surprisingly did not contain a single rider who had
competed in the 2009 individual open over fences section (though two riders had shown in
individual intermediate over fences in '09 and subsequently qualified for open fences
this season). Save for the fact that the scores were generally higher this division was
run in the same fashion as the intermediate. The top four were tested and all 20 riders
were eventually asked to re-enter the ring for awards. After the participation ribbons
were handed out tenth place went to Jordon Koivu of St. Lawrence University. Koivu was
perhaps the only Canadian to earn a top ten placing at 2010 Nationals, as the Saints
junior is from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Koivu was one of ten riders in the eighties with
a score of '80.' Ninth place went to Jessica Hoy of Penn State. One of two riders from
the school located in State College, Pennsylvania to place inside the top ten in open
fences, the senior from Doylestown, Pennsylvania finished her IHSA career with a score
of '81.' Though Hoy won the open fences at Zone 3 Zones on April 11th this time
both of her fellow Zone 3 survivors got the upper hand. Alexis Wirth, a Kutztown
University sophomore from Collegeville, Pennsylvania who was third at Zones finished
eighth with a score of '82.' Zone 5 earned their first top ten placing at 2010
Nationals as Lindsay Maxwell of the University of the South was seventh. A junior from
Atlanta, Georgia, Maxwell received a score of '83' and was also the first rider to make
the top ten who was also qualified to compete in the Cacchione Cup competition. Indiana
University earned their second green ribbon in as many chances as Audrie Nuckols was
sixth. A sophomore from Carmel, Indiana Nuckols received a score of '83.5.' Virginia
Intermont College junior Ashley Miller, who would also compete for the Cacchione Cup,
was fifth with a score of '84.' Testing did in fact change the order of the top four.
Flavia D'Urso, a Skidmore College freshman from Chester, New Jersey had received a
score of '86' for third going into the testing phase but was ultimately given the white
ribbon. Ali Cibon, a University of Kentucky junior who had won the individual
intermediate over fences to start 2009 Nationals, received a score of '86.5' which was
second best at the time but resulted in third place when the ribbons were announced.
Those who follow Zone 3 know that this Zone has not produced an individual hunter seat
undergraduate champion since 2000, the longest drought of any IHSA Zone in this
category. The only two riders still out on the floor were Penn State sophomore
Elizabeth Lubrano and Centenary junior Lindsey Mohr (ironically these two are friends
outside the IHSA arena). Lubrano was going to move up, as the Glenmoore, Pennsylvania
resident who was second to Hoy at Zones had only scored an '85.' Mohr had led the way
headed into the test with an '87.' Lubrano did not end the Zone 3 drought as she was
announced as the reserve champion. Centenary College made it two in a row as Mohr,
from Long Valley, New Jersey (the third Garden State resident in the top five; Miller
is from Raritan, NJ) was the individual open over fences champion. Mohr, Lubrano,
Miller and even Bannockburn, Illinois resident Cibon were also later to go head-to-head
in the Cacchione Cup division.
|From left to right are Dr. Xanthopoulos, Kate Fernhoff of Stanford (on horse), Stanford Head
Coach Vanessa Bartsch and Cacchione. Fernhoff won the fourth individual class of the competition, individual
intermediate equitation on the flat. A senior from Los Angeles, Fernhoff was the only California resident to
win a class at 2010 Nationals but not the only Stanford rider to earn a blue ribbon over the course of four days.
Individual Novice Over Fences was the third class of the day, and for the first
time the judges did not request further testing. Because of this anyone who wrote
down each rider's score could figure out who would place first through tenth (in total
contrast to open fences, only three riders scored in the 80's, though one could argue
that because the top three scores were '80,' '82' and '83' that these riders could have
been tested). Tenth place went to Ali Krecker of Centenary College. Krecker received
a score of '74' but would go on to win team intermediate on the flat at the end of the
day. The defending individual AQHA Trophy winner was ninth. Jenni Nagel, a junior
from Ransomville, New York made her IHSA Nationals hunter seat debut by earning a score
of '75.' Heather Fogelson was the first of two University of Minnesota at Crookston
riders to compete on day one of Nationals. The sophomore from Grant, Minnesota
received a score of '75.5' to place eighth. Irene Gladys of West Virginia University
had one of the more unusual judge's scores of the entire weekend. A sophomore from
Baltimore, Maryland, Gladys rode late in the division and received a '75.75!' Though
Indiana University did not have a rider in the division, sixth place still went to a
rider from the same zone. Monica Shea was the lone Southern Illinois University at
Carbondale rider at 2010 Nationals. A junior from Plainfield, Illinois, Shea was sixth
having received a score of '76.' While Shea had become the fifth rider from Zone 9
(which makes up much of the Midwest) to record a top ten placing, Margaret Swanson of
Mount Holyoke College became the second Zone 1 rider to earn a ribbon above the
participation level. A sophomore from Woodbridge, Connecticut, Swanson received a '77'
to take fifth place. Samantha Hack was the first of two University of Central Florida
riders to compete on this day. The senior from West Palm Beach, Florida was fourth in
her final IHSA ride, receiving a score of '78.' It is unclear if Texas State
University at San Marcos had ever advanced a hunter seat rider to IHSA Nationals prior
to 2010. Karla Shield, a senior coincidentally from the town of San Marcos, Texas was
actually the second Texas State - San Marcos rider in the first three classes (junior
Logan Lloyd had competed in intermediate fences). Shield received a score of '80' and
earned what is probably the best ribbon at Nationals ever for a Texas State - San
Marcos rider (Editor's Note: From 2000 through 2006 Oklahoma State, Texas A & M,
West Texas A & M, New Mexico State and Colorado State were so dominant at Zone 7 Zones
that very rarely did any other school from Zone 7 advance an undergraduate rider to
Nationals. From that list only West Texas A & M still fields an IHSA team. If the
Texas State - San Marcos program was formed after 1996 then Shield and Lloyd are in
fact their first Nationals qualifiers). Shield was third while Catherine McIntyre of
Fairfield University was the reserve champion. A sophomore from San Diego, California,
McIntyre received a score of '82.' Thanks to McIntyre's effort all nine Zone 2 riders
who had shown up to this point had earned top ten placings, making Zone 2 the only
Zone who had yet to place a rider in participation ribbon territory.
Under the 2009-10 format each region has at least one hunter seat rider at IHSA
Nationals. That rider is the Cacchione Cup qualifier, who by virtue of earning the
most combined open flat and open fences points in her/his respective region
automatically advances to Nationals to compete for the Cup. For everyone else they
must survive Regionals and Zones individually or be part of a full hunter seat team
that wins its' region and survives Zones as well. As was the case with Zone 6, Region
4, Zone 4, Region 1 had extreme difficulties at Zones. The Goucher College team
finished third out of three schools in all five team flat classes at Zones to watch
Virginia Intermont College and Hollins University advance full teams to Lexington while
they stayed home (well not exactly. Head Coach Patte Zumbrun and Assistant Coach Jen
Bunty were at Nationals as Goucher brought a few horses). Individually Zone 4, Region
1 was nearly shut out at Zones, with only one rider making the top two in eight trys.
That one rider is Mary Ryan Richardson of the University of Mary Washington, who won
individual novice over fences at Zones on April 11th and who repeated the placing in
Lexington on May 6th. A junior from Powatan, Virginia, Richardson received a score of
'83' to do Region 1 proud. Richardson is the youngest of three sisters who have all
shown in the IHSA. Her older sister Lauren won the individual intermediate on the flat
at 2004 IHSA Nationals while a member of the University of Virginia team. While Lauren
Richardson was not present two days shy of the sixth anniversary of her winning ride,
middle sister Erin, who like Mary Ryan rode at Mary Washington, was in attendance for
|Only once over the course of eight individual hunter seat classes did the same region
produce the Champion and Reserve Champion. McKenzie Armour of the College of Charleston (on left) and
Sonja Murillo of the University of Central Florida (on right) were first and second, respectively in
individual novice flat. These two riders had received the exact same placings at Zone 5 Zones on April
Following team novice over fences (which was won by Julie Connors of Centenary)
there was a 90 minute break during which jumps were removed, horses were schooled
and many in attendance had lunch. When the break ended riders entered the ring
single-file for the first flat class at 2010 Nationals. The Individual
Intermediate Equitation on the Flat kicked off the afternoon activities at roughly
2:30PM local time. After everyone had walked, trotted and cantered in each
direction ten riders were asked to line up. Then after the remaining riders did
more flatwork they were excused and those in the middle were sent back out on the
rail. Eventually this group was lined up again and asked to dismount. The ten
riders in the ring were re-joined by those who had been excused for the awarding
of ribbons. Tenth place went to Carolyn Kelsey of the University of New Hampshire.
A junior from Deerfield, New Hampshire, Kelsey was in the same boat as Major and
Richardson in that she was the only rider from Zone 1, Region 2 to survive Zone 1
Zones on April 10th. West Texas A & M had a rider in all but one class so far on
this day but did not earn their first top ten placing until Natalie Baker was
ninth here. A junior from Austin, Texas Baker started a streak where Buff riders
would place inside the top ten in five of the six flat classes held on May 6th.
Golan was eighth, not quite as high into the ribbons as over fences earlier in the
day. Melissa McDowell, a Slippery Rock University junior from Mercer, Pennsylvania
was seventh. Through this moment the current Zone 3, Region 3 (part of Zone 6 next
season) had seen each of their riders reach the top ten. The University of Miami
Hurricanes advanced a rider to IHSA Nationals for the first time. Jessica Warren,
a senior from Lake Forest, Illinois made the Hurricane's first of two rides over
the weekend a memorable one by
placing sixth. Skidmore College senior Grier Filley, who won the individual novice
flat last season in Murfreesboro, was fifth. Centenary continued to impress, as
Cori Reich was fourth. A freshman from Ivyland, Pennsylvania, Reich made the
Cyclones five-for-five in top ten placings. Audrey Bolte was the first of two St.
Andrews Presbyterian College hunter seat riders to compete on this day. A junior
from Cincinnati, Ohio (which is less than 90 miles north of Lexington), Bolte was
third. Kelsey Hill of Stonehill College, who had finished sixth behind Filley in
novice flat at 2009 Nationals, was the Reserve Champion. A senior from
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Hill managed to go all the way to Nationals without earning
a blue ribbon in the 2010 post-season. Hill had been second at Zone 1, Region 4
Regionals, second at Zones (behind Kelsey) and now second at Nationals. Zone 8
produced the blue ribbon winner, as Kate Fernhoff of Stanford University was the
individual intermediate flat Champion. A senior from Los Angeles, California,
Fernhoff would not be the only Cardinal rider to win a class at 2010 Nationals but
would be the only one to do so in an individual hunter seat class.
The Individual Novice Equitation on the Flat followed immediately after. As
would be the case with all flat classes run on May 6th the judges would
essentially decide which ten riders were to be excused without any need for
testing. If you were not called into the middle after going in both directions
then a participation ribbon had your name on it. There was not as much drama
for the remaining riders compared to 2009 Nationals, as each of the riders who
remained simply went back on the rail for more work before being lined up (riders
were not pulled into the ring one at a time until only two remained as was the
case in Murfreesboro).
|Seen here with her Father, Alex McGuire of Skidmore College holds the Union
Fidelity Trophy. This trophy is awarded to the rider who wins the individual walk-trot-canter at
IHSA Nationals each season, and in 2010 the junior from Amherst, New Hampshire was tops out of 20
riders to earn the right to keep it for a year! McGuire would not be the only Skidmore rider to
haul some hardware back to Saratoga Springs.
After everyone returned to the ring and Marash announced who the participation
ribbon winners were, it was time for the top ten individual novices to be revealed.
Koivu was not the only foreigner to earn a tenth place ribbon. Rebecca McGoldrick,
a Brown University sophomore from London, England was tenth here. Alison Van Der
Kar, a Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo junior from Carpinteria, California was ninth
while Savannah Sheldon, who was the fourth Penn State rider of the day to compete,
was eighth. A senior from North Kingston, Rhode Island, Sheldon trains with
University of Rhode Island Head Coach Pam Maloof when at home during the
off-season. Lauren Lamoureux, a Hartwick College sophomore from LaGrangeville, New
York kept Zone 2, Region 3 in the top ten every single opportunity thus far by
placing seventh. Justine Thomas of Stanford could not quite equal Fernhoff's blue
ribbon but managed sixth place nevertheless. Kristin Lawrence, a junior from
Montgomery, New Jersey was the first Delaware Valley College rider into the top
ten, earning the pink ribbon. Courtney Newby, a Lake Erie College freshman from
Columbis, Ohio who had placed outside the top ten in individual novice over fences
was much improved this time with a fourth. Rebecca Hart, a senior from Arlington,
Texas, earned West Texas A & M's top individual hunter seat ribbon of the
competition with a third. The Reserve Championship went to Sonja Murillo of the
University of Central Florida. A sophomore from Miami, Murillo has ties to last
season's Cacchione Cup winner, Centenary College senior Lindsay Clark. For her
mother and Clark's mother are sisters. According to State University of New York
at New Paltz Coach Susan Clark (whose husband Gary co-coaches the Hawks and
together they are Lindsay's parents and Sonja's aunt and uncle, respectively)
Linda Murillo (Sonja's mother) sent her daughter to the Clark's farm for the
summer a few seasons back. "My niece started riding...at our farm, Lucky C
Stables in New York," says Susan. "She came for the summer and rode and helped
out on the farm along with Lindsay and the other kids. She took riding lessons in
Florida as well and eventually owned a horse, Twister. Twister came to our farm
for training and Sonja came up then as well." Murillo helped improve Head Coach
Lesli Isaacson's stellar coaching record for Central Florida riders at IHSA
Nationals. Isaacson can claim her Knights have earned two seconds and a fourth
over the past two IHSA Nationals shows, with Alisha Mays having been Reserve
Champion in individual novice flat last season.
For the only time during 2010 IHSA Nationals the top two riders in an
individual class were from the same region. McKenzie Armour, a College of
Charleston sophomore from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina rode a horse named
"Remington" to the blue ribbon in individual novice flat. Armour and Murillo
had finished first and second, respectively at Zone 5 Zones on April 10th as
well (we at Campus Equestrian do not know the results of individual novice flat
at Zone 5, Region 3 Regionals; If you have the top two we would enjoy hearing
from you). Though the Cougars had a full hunter seat team entered Armour's blue
ribbon was easily the Charleston highlight of 2010 Nationals.
|Ohio University pulled off one of the great comebacks of all time during the regular season when they rallied to
overtake Lake Erie College in the final class at the final Zone 6, Region 1 regular season hunter seat show. Somewhat surprisingly
the only Ohio University Bobcat to reach IHSA Nationals was walk-trot rider Katy Martin (second on left). Head Coach Karen
Hiehle (center) poses with Martin in the winner's circle after the sophomore won individual walk-trot on May 7th.
The final individual class of the day was walk-trot-canter (or advanced
walk-trot-canter in the minds of some; There were still three team classes
before day one of 2010 Nationals ended at 5:38PM, including team
walk-trot-canter). After the class was run exactly as the previous three
flat classes had been assembled, it was time for the placings. Tenth place
went to Jessica Charles, a freshman from Belgrade Lakes, Maine who was the
second and final University of Minnesota at Crookston hunter seat rider to
compete and subsequently place inside the top ten. Allison Soukup was the lone
Morrisville State College hunter seat rider to compete at 2010 Nationals, and
the sophomore from Pine Bush, New York was ninth (The Mustangs finished third
in the Zone 2, Region 3 hunter seat team standings behind only Skidmore and
Cornell - Editor). Jennifer Callahan, a St. Andrews Presbyterian College junior
from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania was eighth. Callahan was the second and final
St. Andrews rider to show on this day but only the first of two Callahans to
mount up (her twin sister Brittany rode for Cazenovia College in team
walk-trot-canter two classes later). Sarah Schmitt was one of two West Texas
A & M riders in this division and the only one with a top ten placing. The
sophomore from Houston, Texas was seventh. Elizabeth Kunz of the University of
Kentucky was sixth while Sarah Lawrence of Berry College with fifth. A
sophomore from Canton, Georgia who won the team walk-trot-canter class at 2009
Nationals, Lawrence was the first of two Vikings to receive a top five ribbon in
this division. Arizona State University had never advanced a rider to IHSA
Nationals until this season (the Sun Devils riding program only started three
seasons ago). Amy Schneider, a sophomore from Agoura, California is the first
Arizona State rider to show at Nationals and the first to earn a top ten placing.
Schneider was fourth and technically was part of a Berry College sandwich, For
Berry riders earned the placings both in front and in back of Schneider. Jamie
Walker was actually third in walk-trot-canter at Zone 5 Zones but moved up when
another Zone 5 rider was a scratch. From Feeding Hills, Massachusetts Walker
seized the opportunity and earned third place honors. Kathryn McManis, a
Virginia Intermont College junior from Flower Mound, Texas earned Reserve
Champion honors. Though VI had a full team at Nationals and Miller showing in
the Cacchione it was McManis who earned their highest placing over three days
of hunter seat competition in Lexington.
Through two team classes Cazenovia had an early 9-7 lead on both defending
champion Centenary and defending reserve champ Kentucky. Both Delaware Valley
College and Skidmore College had 5 points each. Skidmore would go on to earn
five red ribbons across eight team classes and become the 2010 IHSA Hunter Seat
National Champion team. However the Thoroughbreds would earn their only blue
ribbons in Lexington by way of their individual riders. Alex McGuire, a junior
from Amherst, Massachusetts who won the very same WTC class at Zone 2 Zones on
April 10th prevailed for Skidmore again here. McGuire's blue ribbon marked the
14th time a Skidmore undergraduate rider had won an individual hunter seat class
at an IHSA Nationals show. Blue ribbon number 15 was less than two days away.
The only individual undergraduate hunter seat class during the Friday session
was Walk-Trot. The eighth of 12 classes held that day, riders walked and
trotted in each direction and were then lined up. After half the class received
participation ribbons tenth place went to Kim Escobar of Virginia Tech. Like
Mohr of Centenary the Hokie senior is from Long Valley, New Jersey. Charmaine
Tan of Cornell was not only the second rider from an Ivy League school to earn a
top ten ribbon Tan was the second who officially resides outside the US. The
Big Red sophomore from Singapore was ninth. Yet another Berry College rider
named Sarah made the top ten. Sarah Pogue, a senior from Kettering, Ohio was
eighth for the Vikings. Kindle McCauley became the only University of Montana
Western hunter seat rider to earn a top ten ribbon when the freshman from
Boulder, Montana received seventh place. Nina Crossley, a Stonehill College
sophomore from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey who had won walk-trot at both Regionals and
Zones received the green ribbon this time. Though Louisiana State had four
riders showing in individual classes only one managed to reach the top ten.
Tara Rayers, a sophomore from Baton Rouge, Louisiana was fifth in walk-trot for
the Tigers. Miami University of Ohio, which won back-to-back Zone 6, Region 3
hunter seat shows versus the mighty University of Findlay (and on the Oiler's
East Campus no less) earlier this calendar year had only one english rider at
2010 Nationals. Paul Duff, a senior from Columbus, Ohio won the white ribbon for
the Red Hawks. Alexandra Castillo, a West Virginia University junior from
Morgantown, West Virginia (the same town where her school is located), improved
four places on teammate Glady's novice fences showing by placing third here.
Strangely enough the rider who earned the Reserve Champion ribbon also goes to
school in her hometown. Brook Davis, a Middle Tennessee State University junior
from Murfreesboro, Tennessee was second. Davis was one of a handful of riders to
show both English and Western over the long weekend, placing eighth in team
beginner western two days later. Had Davis ridden in one more class she would
have been eligible for the Versatility Award, which the IHSA gives out at
Nationals to a rider who rides at least three times with at least one class being
hunter seat and one being western.
Ohio University captured high point team honors in their region for seventh
time in nine seasons. However this season they did it in dramatic
come-from-behind fashion, catching a Lake Erie College team that led the region
by over 30 points at the winter break (and doing so in the very last class of the
last regular season show). Sadly as has been the Bobcat's fate all but one of
the seven seasons they captured a Region Title their season did not go beyond
Zones for a full hunter seat team (the exception was in 2002, when Ohio
University was the surprise National Champion at Cazenovia, New York). However
one Bobcat rider did survive individually. Katherine "Katy" Martin, a sophomore
from the Cleveland suburb of North Olmsted, Ohio repeated her first place ribbon
earned at Zone 6 Zones (at Findlay) on April 11th. Martin is the first Ohio
University rider to win an individual class at an IHSA National show since
Carolyn Campbell won individual novice fences in Conyers, Georgia in 2000 (we
would like to thank Michael Hiehle, son of Ohio University Head Coach Karen
Hiehle, for pointing out the error in the Nationals program which lists Campbell
as an Ohio State graduate - Editor).
|It was their year! From left to right are Dr. Xanthopoulos, Skidmore College Head Coach
Cindy Ford, Skidmore Assistant Coach Belinda Colgan, Skidmore open rider Elizabeth Kigin (on horse) and
Cacchione. Kigin won the final undergraduate hunter seat class of the 2009-10 season, prevailing against
19 others to win individual open flat. Skidmore won Zone 2 Zones by 12 points over host Centenary College
on April 10th and defeated Centenary and Findlay by a 28-20 score to win the 2010 IHSA hunter seat team
National Championship. And Kigin was sixth in the Cacchione Cup as a bonus!
Save for individual alumni flat which immediately followed, the 2009-10
IHSA season ended for hunter seat riders with the Individual Open Flat.
Held after the presentation of the Cacchione Cup trophy (won by Mount Holyoke
junior Lindsay Sceats, who surprisingly did not reach IHSA Nationals in
either individual open division) and with full knowledge of which hunter seat
team will be awarded high point team honors later in the day (in this case
Skidmore), the individual open flat is the most anti-climactic class of the
entire show (Each season the team open western horsemanship concludes the
western portion of the National show with much more suspense. Perhaps the
IHSA could put team open flat at the end of the english to liven things up?).
Still for those who survive Regionals and Zones in the division the
individual open on the flat is just as important as any other class at
However unlike the three individual flat classes which took place on
Thursday this class held at roughly 2:25PM on Saturday (not 1:25PM as
previously listed here. That was a typo - Editor) was over faster than
usual. How much faster? Riders walked, trotted and cantered in each
direction and were lined up without the usual ten being excused in less than
five minutes!! This class and the alumni class which followed were easily
the two fastest classes of the weekend and may be the two fastest hunter seat
classes at an IHSA Nationals show in the modern era which were not walk-trot
classes. In any event the placings were announced in the same fashion as all
the others. Nicole Adams, a University of Delaware senior from Pennington,
New Jersey was tenth while Sarah Scharf of Stanford was ninth. Mariel
Saccucci, the second of two University of Rhode Island riders to show at 2010
Nationals, was eighth. Kelly Campbell was the first of two Skidmore riders
in the ring to hear her name called. The sophomore from Cohoes, New York who
placed second in team open flat two days earlier to account for one of the
five Thoroughbred red ribbons in the team competition was seventh. Lauren
Fay, a Virginia Intermont sophomore from Shelburne, Vermont was sixth. Demi
Potts of Middle Tennessee State was fifth while Elizabeth Webb, a University
of Wyoming sophomore from Demascus, Maryland repeated her strong Cacchione
Cup showing with her second white ribbon of the day. Katie Roberts, the
lone member of the State University of New York at Geneseo to compete at
Nationals, was third. Lurbrano, who was one of six riders to compete in both
individual open flat and open fences, repeated her Reserve Champion ribbon.
Zone 3 will have to wait one more year for a shot at an individual
undergradute hunter seat blue ribbon.
Skidmore College senior Elizabeth Kigin was the last rider still in the
ring as Lubrano walked away with the red ribbon. From St. Paul,
Minnesota, Kigin had time in the seat earlier in the day, as she was part of
the Cacchione Cup work-off phase (Kigin eventually placed sixth). Kigin
ended her undergraduate IHSA career on top, winning the individual open flat
to give the Thoroughbreds a second individual blue ribbon. Kigin and her
Skidmore team are the most recent hunter seat winners until roughly
September 19th or 20th, when a new IHSA season (with four new regions) begins.
The following is a list of the Individual hunter seat Class-by-Class Results from
2010 IHSA Nationals, held inside the Indoor Equestrian Event Arena at the Kentucky
Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The first six classes listed were held Thursday,
May 6th, the seventh class was held Friday, May 7th and the final class was held
Saturday, May 8th. The Judges for all hunter seat classes were Don Stewart and
Individual Intermediate Equitation Over Fences: 1. Marissa Cohen, Centenary
College. 2. Melissa Groher, Connecticut College. 3. Katie Kearney, University of
Kentucky. 4. Paige Brady, Cazenovia College. 5. Maggie Gordon, Lehigh University.
6. Grace Golan, Indiana University. 7. Juliana Goldlust, New York University.
8. Bailey Cone, Virginia Intermont College. 9. Deidre Cwian, Northern Illinois
University. 10. Lauren Major, Michigan State University.
Individual Open Equitation Over Fences: 1. Lindsey Mohr, Centenary College.
2. Elizabeth Lubrano, Penn State University (State College). 3. Ali Cibon,
University of Kentucky. 4. Flavia D'Urso, Skidmore College. 5. Ashley Miller,
Virginia Intermont College. 6. Audrie Nuckols, Indiana University. 7. Lindsay
Maxwell, University of the South. 8. Alexis Wirth, Kutztown University. 9. Jessica
Hoy, Penn State University (State College). 10. Jordan Koivu, St. Lawrence
Individual Novice Equitation Over Fences: 1. Mary Ryan Richardson, University of
Mary Washington. 2. Catherine McIntyre, Fairfield University. 3. Karla Shield,
Texas State University at San Marcos. 4. Samantha Hack, University of Central
Florida. 5. Margaret Swanson, Mount Holyoke College. 6. Monica Shea, Southern
Illinois University at Carbondale. 7. Irene Gladys, West Virginia University.
8. Heather Fogelson, University of Minnesota at Crookston. 9. Jennifer Nagel,
State University of New York at Oswego. 10. Ali Krecker, Centenary College.
Individual Intermediate Equitation On The Flat: 1. Kate Fernhoff, Stanford
University. 2. Kelsey Hill, Stonehill College. 3. Audrey Bolte, St. Andrews
Presbyterian College. 4. Cori Reich, Centenary College. 5. Grier Filley, Skidmore
College. 6. Jessica Warren, University of Miami (FL). 7. Melissa McDowell,
Slippery Rock University. 8. Grace Golan, Indiana University. 9. Natalie Baker,
West Texas A & M University. 10. Carolyn Kelsey, University of New Hampshire.
Individual Novice Equitation On The Flat: 1. McKenzie Armour, College of
Charleston. 2. Sonja Murillo, University of Central Florida. 3. Rebecca Hart, West
Texas A & M University. 4. Courtney Newby, Lake Erie College. 5. Kristin Lawrence,
Delaware Valley College. 6. Justine Thomas, Stanford University. 7. Lauren
Lamoureux, Hartwick College. 8. Savannah Sheldon, Penn State University. 9. Alison
Van Der Kar, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. 10. Rebecca McGoldrick, Brown University.
Individual Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation: 1. Alex McGuire, Skidmore College.
2. Kathryn McManis, Virginia Intermont College. 3. Jamie Walker, Berry College.
4. Amy Schneider, Arizona State University. 5. Sarah Lawrence, Berry College.
6. Elizabeth Kunz, University of Kentucky. 7. Sarah Schmitt, West Texas A & M
University. 8. Jennifer Callahan, St. Andrews Presbyterian College. 9. Allison
Soukup, Morrisville State College. 10. Jessica Charles, University of Minnesota at
Individual Walk-Trot Equitation: 1. Katy Martin, Ohio University. 2. Brook
Davis, Middle Tennessee State University. 3. Alex Castillo, West Virginia
University. 4. Paul Duff, Miami University of Ohio. 5. Tara Rayers, Louisiana State
University. 6. Nina Crossley, Stonehill College. 7. Kindle McCauley, University of
Montana Western. 8. Sarah Pogue, Berry College. 9. Charmaine Tan, Cornell
University. 10. Kim Escobar, Virginia Tech.
Individual Open Equitation On The Flat: 1. Elizabeth Kigin, Skidmore College.
2. Elizabeth Lubrano, Penn State University. 3. Katie Roberts, State University of
New York at Geneseo. 4. Elizabeth Webb, University of Wyoming. 5. Demi Potts,
Middle Tennessee State University. 6. Lauren Fay, Virginia Intermont College.
7. Kelly Campbell, Skidmore College. 8. Mariel Saccucci, University of Rhode Island.
9. Sarah Scharf, Stanford University. 10. Nicole Adams, University of Delaware.