June 2014 Issue - page 8

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June 2014
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Pennsylvania Equestrian.
Centenary College Shines at IHSA National Championships
Centenary College (NJ) won
its third Collegiate Cup High
Point Hunter Seat Team Champi-
onship in six years (2009, 2011,
2014) at the 41st Intercollegiate
Horse Show Association National
Championships, held May 1-4,
at the Pennsylvania Farm Show
Complex in Harrisburg, PA.
Open Hunt Seat rider Kath-
ryn Haley, who was integral to
Centenary's 2011 Collegiate Cup
win, was the team's Harrisburg
keystone, winning reserve in
Collegiate Cup Open Equitation
Over Fences and placing fourth in
Collegiate Cup Open Equitation
on the Flat. Reserve Collegiate
Cup Champion was College of
Charleston (SC).
The AQHATrophy West-
ern Team champion was Ohio
State University. It was OSU’s
10th IHSA national team title.
Defending AQHAHigh Point
Rider, Austin Griffith, son of OSU
coaches Ollie and Debbie Griffith,
won the National Reining Horse
Association Open Reining title
and was Reserve overall in AQHA
High Point Rider standings.
The University of Findlay
(OH) team, including four fresh-
men, rode OSU hard through the
points race to finish with theAQHA
Trophy reserve championship.
Cacchione Cup
2014 USEF Cacchione
Cup winner Alexandra Carlton
(University of Vermont) credited
UVM coach Madeleine Austin
with improving her flatwork: “I
was never very good on the flat.
It’s still getting better.” It was
enough for Carlton to win the
approval of judges Mark Rosser
and Scott Hoffstetter.
Carlton, a sophomore from
Madison, CT, trains with Kristi
Smith and Mark Jungherr at her
mother Bernadette Keyes' Cedar
Brook Farm. “I had a fancy horse.
For the hand gallop, I wanted to
show off a little, and we did.”
Reserve Cacchione Cup cham-
pion Emily D’Alessandro, of St.
Lawrence University (NY) called
her “great draw,” Centenary's Zan-
ga, her own champion: “This was
my first time qualifying. I never
expected to get this far.” Centena-
ry's Kathryn Haley was third.
Michael Kocher (Savannah
(GA) College of Art and Design),
was fourth and also received the
EquestrianCoach.com Achieve-
ment of Excellence Award, based
on performance and goals in the
sport. The award includes an
apprenticeship with equitation
trainer, Karen Healey.
Julia Roberts of West Texas
A&M University was named
AQHA High Point Western Ride,
while Austin Griffith was reserve.
Horses Recognized
Cazenovia College’s 15.3hh
gelding, Chop Chop, and Marti-
na Morrel's reiner, Petunia, were
respectively named Hunter Seat
Horse of the Show and Western
Horse of the Show. High Point
Horse of the Show, sponsored by
Triple Crown Nutrition and includ-
ing a ton of feed to each winner,
went to Skidmore College’s 16hh
bay hunter gelding, Leroy, and
St. Andrews University Western
mount, Zoey. IHSANational Horse
Show SportsmanshipAwards and
jackets went to Rutgers University
coach Kelly Francfort, SUNY-Os-
wego rider Dan Moltion, and “ul-
timate volunteer,” IHSA founder,
Bob Cacchione, who was moved to
tears by the unexpected recognition.
The 2015 IHSANational
Championships, featuring the top
25 college equestrian teams and
more than 450 individual colle-
giate riders, will be held in West
Springfield, MA. Find full results
and more information about IHSA
Alexandra Carlton, a sophomore at the University of Vermont, was
the winner of the 2014 USEF Cacchione Cup at the 41st Intercolle-
giate Horse Show Association National Championships, held May
1-4 at the Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA.
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