IHSA Founder Bob Cacchione to be Honored at MET 10th Anniversary Gala

IHSA Founder Bob Cacchione at Wellington Equestrian Festival. Photo by EQ Media

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Feb.20, 2020 – Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Founder Emeritus Robert “Bob” Cacchione will be honored for his years of dedicated service to youth equestrians at the Metropolitan Equestrian Team (MET) 10th Anniversary Gala.

“I am honored to be recognized by the MET,” Cacchione said. “But I am more thrilled with the work Jane DaCosta and MET have done to provide opportunities for kids across the country to learn horsemanship and sportsmanship.”

Cacchione and DaCosta believe that all youth should have access to the personal growth provided by the equestrian community. Cacchione’s vision has touched the lives of thousands of college athletes by providing the opportunity to compete in a team environment while furthering their education and advancing their skills in the equestrian sport.

“Seeing how the goals of the MET align with all that Bob accomplished within the IHSA, we are privileged to honor him at our 10th Anniversary Gala,” said MET Founder and Executive Director Jane DaCosta. “We love witnessing riders move on from our program to becoming part of an intercollegiate equestrian team.”

Cacchione founded the IHSA in 1967 and was the catalyst of the organization’s growth to more than 10,000 members in the United States in Canada before retiring as executive director in September, 2019. Cacchione was recently an IHSA Hall of Fame inaugural inductee and was the recipient of the William J. Moroney Visionary Award at the Evening of Equestrians during the 2019 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Annual Meeting held in December in Denver, Colorado.

The MET 10th Anniversary Gala will commemorate the impressive accomplishments of the organization and its alumni, who many have gone on to become members of the IHSA, over the last decade. For more information or tickets to the event, visit MetropolitanEquestrianTeam.org or click here.