IHSA Names Qualifying Western Teams
Following the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association western semi-finals, nine teams move on to compete at IHSA Nationals.
By L.A. Pomeroy | April 1, 2014
Following the results Intercollegiate Horse Show Association western semi-final competitions hosted in South Carolina, Texas and Ohio, nine college equestrian western teams have earned tickets to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Representing their school in horsemanship and reining competition, these nine teams will compete for AQHA and National Reining Horse Association trophies at the 41st IHSA National Horse Show, which is May 1-4 at the Pennsylvania Farm Expo Center:
- Berry College (coach Margaret Knight)
- Clemson University (coach Anna Rebecca Shirley)
- Delaware Valley College (coach Cory Kieschnick)
- Ohio State University (coach Ollie Griffith)
- St. Andrews University (coach Peggy McElveen)
- West Texas A&M University (coach Amanda Love)
- University of Findlay-OH (coach Cindy Morehead)
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln (coach Lori Jaixen)
- University of Wisconsin-River Falls (coach Jane Huot)
According to IHSA semi-finals organizers, this marks the first time that IHSA western teams for Clemson University and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls have qualified for the IHSA National Horse Show.
“The (University of Wisconsin-River Falls) team rode above anything they had achieved before," said coach Jane Huot. "I'm so proud of them, and Amanda (Love, coach of the reigning AQHA/IHSA western national champions, West Texas A&M University,) was so supportive and impressed by their effort. We lost to WT by only two points. We started with a bunch of cowgirls and have built a team with cohesion and professionalism.”
Huot, who also works in its Registrar's office, has been coaching Wisconsin's western riders for six years and estimates this is the first University of Wisconsin-River Falls Western team this century to qualify for the IHSA National Horse Show.
IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels, based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Learn more about its scholarships, internships and other membership bonuses at www.IHSAinc.com and follow its more than 400 teams and 8,900 riders on Facebook and Twitter at @IHSAinc.
View the 2013 AQHA high-point winners in the free April American Quarter Horse Journal.