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Betsy Carter’s Horse Scene: Collegiate riders display their talents
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team and individual championships are hotly contested each year. This year’s IHSA team championship, the Collegiate Cup, went to St. Lawrence University, under the coaching of Mary Drueding.
Drueding also recently was awarded the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award. She won the Collegiate Cup in 1994 while coaching Colby–Sawyer College’s equestrian team to victory. This was the first time in the IHSA’s 39-year history that a hunter seat team coach has won two championships at two different schools.
The Cacchione Cup, the IHSA’s top individual award, went to Kelsie Bonham of Savannah College of Art and Design. A graduating senior, Bonham won the reserve championship in 2010. Skidmore College’s Kelly Campbell was second and Stanford University’s Claire Margolis was third.
The intercollegiate shows are held throughout the school year while the teams and riders accumulate points. The riders must ride unknown horses provided by the host school at each meet. Therefore, riders must be able to quickly analyze their mounts and ride them according to the individual horse’s needs.
It requires many hours of riding different horses to be able to get on an unknown horse and ride it well.
4-8-HITS Showday National @Culpeper
7-The Hunter Experience; Silver Lining; Sandstone; Plain Dealing Dressage
8-EKG; Elmington; Hollow Oaks, Nokesville; Willow Way Dressage; Roanoke Valley Pony Club show
10-TWA in Culpeper
10-11-House Mountain, VHC
11-Picturesque; Fox Chase;
11-15-HITS Cavalier Classic, Culpeper
14-Silver Star Saturday Pleasure Show; TWA CHSA, Rose Mount; Bellmount; Brookhill Dressage; Virginia Palomino All Breed Horse Show, Chesterfield
15-Hazelwild; Sandstone; South Run Riding
18-Picturesque; Fox Chase; Waver Tree Dressage
19-Looking Glass Dressage
21-22-USDF Morven Park; Rise Up and Ride at Green Hill
21-BBHSA; River Chase; Stillmeadows
24-Woodpecker Pony show;TWA Culpeper
25-Touch Point; Autumn Olive; Fox Chase; Picturesque
27-Four Oaks; Bellemount
28-Moriah Farm; Sprouses Corner Ranch Mid Summer show, Buckingham
28-CP at Deep Run; Elmington
28-29-Region I Youth Team Dressage, Morven Park
29-Moriah; Frying Pan Park; Summerduck
31-Woodpecker Horse show; Oakland Heights
31-Aug 5-Blowing Rock
Betsy Carter can be reached at The Free Lance–Star, 616 Amelia St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401; or by fax at 540/373-8455.