She earned 90 open level points over only seven shows. Penn State sophomore Elizabeth Lubrano (pictured here at her first IHSA show last season) was one of four riders to officially qualify for Nationals and the Cacchione Cup Competition over the March 27th/28th weekend to complete the field.


The final four entries into the 2010 Cacchione competition have been determined. Elizabeth Lubrano, who earned 90 of a possible 98 points will represent Penn State and Zone 3, Region 1 in Lexington May 6th through 8th. Lubrano clinched on Saturday (at the first of two Region 1 shows at Briarwood Farm) while also making "Elizabeth" the most common first name for 2010 Cacchione riders (joining Gilberti of Brown, Kigin of Skidmore and Webb of Wyoming). Eileen McNamara of Wheaton won the Zone 1, Region 4 race comfortably, while Lindsay Sceats of Mount Holyoke College needed better than a sixth in her second class of the day on Saturday to secure a trip out of Zone 1, Region 3 (Sceats was third on the flat to advance). Katherine Wallace of the College of William & Mary had been in the lead since midway through the fall and finished eight points ahead of Goucher freshman Karli Postel in Zone 4, Region 1. Though she had clinched weeks earlier, we only recently learned that Amanda Gelderman of the University of Montana Western had survived out of Zone 8, Region 3. The field of Cacchione qualifiers is now compete!

Of the 31 riders who will compete only six can claim a previous Cacchione appearance. Gilberti and Lubrano are the only riders who competed for the cup last season in Murfreesboro who will return in '10. Thus a new record is set for biggest turnover in the Cacchione field from one season to the next (it should be noted that the '09 Cacchione class featured 21 seniors, also a record). Ruschmeyer, Furches, Maxwell and Henson all rode in the Cacchione class in Burbank two seasons ago. While none of the '08 entries placed, Lubrano was fourth and Gilberti the Reserve National Champion behind Lindsay Clark of Centenary College last season.

The rider in each IHSA region who ends the regular season with the most combined open flat and open fences points automatically qualifies to compete at IHSA Nationals in the Cacchione Cup Competition. This competition, during which 31 riders get to flat and jump, determines the top hunter seat open rider in the IHSA for the season. Since the current format was put into place in 2003, somewhere between five and ten riders are called back for a work-off which determines the Cacchione Cup Champion.

--Steve Maxwell

The Complete list of 2010 IHSA Nationals Cacchione Cup qualifiers, each of whom will compete for the USEF Cacchione Cup May 6th through 9th in Lexington, Kentucky:

ZONE 1, REGION 1: Elizabeth Gilberti, Brown University

ZONE 1, REGION 2: Reese Green, University of Vermont

ZONE 1, REGION 3: Lindsay Sceats, Mount Holyoke College

ZONE 1, REGION 4: Eileen McNamara, Wheaton College

ZONE 2, REGION 1: Lindsey Mohr, Centenary College

ZONE 2, REGION 2: Suzanne Snyder, St. Lawrence University

ZONE 2, REGION 3: Elizabeth Kigin, Skidmore College

ZONE 2, REGION 4: Elysse Ruschmeyer, Fairfield University

ZONE 3, REGION 1: Elizabeth Lubrano, Penn State University

ZONE 3, REGION 2: Terence Prunty, Delaware Valley College

ZONE 3, REGION 3: Erica Green, Washington & Jefferson College

ZONE 3, REGION 4: Andrea Heinzman, Kutztown University

ZONE 4, REGION 1: Katherine Wallace, College of William & Mary

ZONE 4, REGION 2: Katie Furches, Hollins University

ZONE 4, REGION 3: Ashley Miller, Virginia Intermont College

ZONE 5, REGION 1: Lindsay Maxwell, University of the South

ZONE 5, REGION 2: Melina Laroussi, University of South Carolina

ZONE 5, REGION 3: Kelse Bonham, Savannah College of Art & Design

ZONE 6, REGION 1: Nicole DeCorti, Lake Erie College

ZONE 6, REGION 2: Ali Cibon, University of Kentucky

ZONE 6, REGION 3: Mary Margaret Fly, University of Findlay

ZONE 6, REGION 4: Ben Miller, Western Michigan University

ZONE 7, REGION 1: Elizabeth Webb, University of Wyoming

ZONE 7, REGION 2: Emily Taylor, Louisiana State University

ZONE 8, REGION 1: Brittany Henson, University of Nevada at Reno

ZONE 8, REGION 2: Tristin Schramm, Cal State - Fullerton

ZONE 8, REGION 3: Amanda Gelderman, University of Montana Western

ZONE 8, REGION 4: Melanie Christensen, Seattle University

ZONE 9, REGION 1: Mary Bungum, St. Mary of the Woods College

ZONE 9, REGION 2: Rori Fiebert, Washington University in St. Louis

ZONE 9, REGION 3: Emily Pope, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


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