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).


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 today's classes.

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 10th.

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 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 Nationals.

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.

---Steve Maxwell

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 Susie Schoellkopf.

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 University.

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 Crookston.

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.


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