The HWS equestrian club participated in its first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) event of the year on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.
In a full day of competition with six of its riders participating, the team performed well: Alix Coursen ’09, won first place in the intermediate flat class and fourth place in the intermediate over fences class; Michelle Badagnani ’09 won fifth and sixth places in the open division; Emily Berlin ’12 was awarded a third place ribbon in the intermediate over fences class, and a sixth place ribbon in the open flat class; Charles Levin ’11, won two, fourth place ribbons in the intermediate division; Rachel Johnson ’10 received a sixth place ribbon in the novice flat class; and Katie Fink ’12, won a first place ribbon in the novice flat class and a third place in the novice over fences class.
The IHSA is a league that gives college riders of all level, from those with no experience to the top riders in the nation, the opportunity to ride and compete without necessarily owning their own horses. The league provides a competitive atmosphere between other colleges and universities by putting a spin on the traditional horse show experience – each rider draws a horse’s name out of a hat and is judged riding an unfamiliar horse. Additionally, the IHSA provides an opportunity for riders to participate as a team, which is unusual due to the sport’s individual nature.