The HWS Equestrian Team competed at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Regionals, which took place at the Alfred University Equestrian Center last month. Three members of the HWS team qualified for the competition: junior Alice Mathews, and seniors Eleanor Blase and Alessandra Mele. Junior Elizabeth Boghosian attended the event as co-captain.
“The bar was set very high and it was really neat to be among a very talented group of riders,” explains Blase, who competed in a field of 24 riders instead of the usual six to eight. “HWS Equestrian placed eighth out of 14 other teams in our region, and for being such a small team, we are incredibly proud of that.”
The HWS Equestrian team is a club sport at the Colleges. Its focus is on riding for enjoyment while providing opportunities for intercollegiate competition.
Blase has been riding for more than 10 years and says the Equestrian Team was a “huge part of my decision” to attend HWS. “The team is also filled with so many amazing riders and friendly people so it was the best way to get involved on campus. The team has truly become a family to me.”
HWS Equestrian is a member of the IHSA. The competition was founded in 1967 by Fairleigh Dickinson College sophomore Robert E. Cacchione, allowing any college student to participate in horse shows regardless of skill level or financial status. Today the IHSA encompasses 29 regions, 9 zones and includes more than 300 colleges in 45 states and parts of Canada. The HWS team is located in Zone 2, Region 1, competing against top teams such as those from Cornell University, Alfred University and Nazareth College.