The IHSA Finals Return to Lexington

Leslie Deckard

May 10, 2010

Lexington, Ky-More than 400 riders from more than 100 schools attended the 2010 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Finals in Lexington, KY, May 6-9—the first time the finals, which includes English and Western disciplines, have been held at the Kentucky Horse Park since 1985.

Riders qualify for the nationals through a point system. During the year they accumulate points at local shows to qualify for the regional finals in their respective divisions. The top three riders in each class of the regional finals move forward to the zone finals. The top two competitors in each class at zones qualify for nationals. Each region’s high point team competes head to head with the other high point teams in its zone for the right to represent the zone for national champion team honors—the Collegiate Cup. The regional high point riders are eligible for the national individual championship. For the hunter seat high point rider that award is known as the Cacchione Cup.

A total of 31 riders qualified for the coveted Cacchione Cup.

The Cacchione Cup competition began May 7 with all 31 riders competiting in the jumping class. The riders then competed in the flat class, which was broken into two classes. First-time IHSA judges Susie Schoellkopf and Don Stewart asked 14 riders to return May 8 for the work-off. This final test included 11 jumping efforts and had to be re-ridden by the first three riders after all three horses spooked at a halt box made out of four flower pots.

In the end it came down to four riders: Elizabeth Webb of the University of Wyoming, Elizabeth Lubrano of Penn State University, Kels Bonham of Savannah College of Art and Design, and Lindsay Sceats of Mount Holyoke College. Lubrano and Sceats were asked to switch horses and ride the course again, and Bonham and Webb were asked to do the same.

Sceats, who was making her first trip to the nationals, made Mount Holyoke proud with a strong win, coming from fifth place after the jumping and flat classes. Bonham took second overall moving up from seventh after the first two days of competition.

Skidmore College, earning a score of 28, took home Collegiate Cup honors for the fifth time. Centenary College earned the reserve champion title with 20 points.

The Skidmore Thoroughbreds pinned in six out of the eight team classes including a second place finish in Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation, Novice Equitation Over Fences, Intermediate Equitation Over Fences, Open Equitation on the Flat, and a fourth place finish in Open Equitation Over Fences.

In addition to the Cacchione Cup and the Collegiate Cup, other were also awarded, including: the Coach Award which went to Gilly McPhee of Mount Holyoke College; the Sportsmanship Award which went to Katie Furches of Hollins College; the Volunteer Award which went to Barbara Shemwell of Middle Tennessee State University; and the Horse of the Horse Show Award which went to Monty of Virginia Intermont College.

Highlights from the 2010 IHSA Finals will be shown on HRTV in partnership with Equestrian Life- date to be announced.

The 2011 IHSA Finals will return to the Kentucky Horse Park.

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