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NCEA Format Levels The Playing Field in Collegiate Riding

BY GRACE SALMON The format of the NCEA is one that allows collegiate equestrians to compete fairly and on a level playing field. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association competitions have a rider from both competing teams...

Continuing Education: NCAA Equestrian

BY SISSY WICKES There is familiarity and comfort in routine, a sense of knowing what to expect and how to field it. The flow of a horse show is something I feel in my sleep,...

Grier School: A True Equestrian Dynasty

By Piper Klemm and Tyler Bui When we think about dynastic teams dominating sport for extended periods of time, we almost never think about equestrians. There are a couple—four-time US Olympian McLain Ward in the...

Riding the Wave: The Road to IEA Nationals

By Bernie Villeneuve Early Sunday morning on the final day of competition at this year’s IEA Nationals, I found myself wide awake, long before the alarm was scheduled to shriek. Unlike the other mornings when we’d...

The Right Stuff: At IEA Finals, Sportsmanship Reigns

BY NINA FEDRIZZI Coffee was a necessity on Friday along the coliseum rail of the IEA Hunt Seat National Finals at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York. Though the start time of...

Five Students Awarded 2022 Andrew Ryback Photography Scholarships 

The recipients of the Andrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse Higher Learning Scholarship were announced at the 2022 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championship in Harrisburg, PA. The scholarship has awarded over...

Sacred Heart Captures IHSA Regional Championship

Edited Press Release SIMSBURY, Conn.- Champs. The Sacred Heart University equestrian team captured their eighth Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Regional Championship on Sunday after being named High Point Team at Trinity College. Of Note: Alyssa Kinney qualified for...

Horse Show Study Spots

Above: Riders studying at the ring. Photo by Piper Klemm. By TPH Interns Vyla Carter, Emy Lucibello and Ashley Shaw The school year and winter show season are officially in full swing. Along with the horse...

First Timer Perspective: Rachel Van Allen Reports from Capital Challenge on the Ariat National...

Oct. 8, 2016--Upper Marlboro, MD The adrenaline rush of a competitive equitation final isn’t just for the under 18 crowd. The Ariat National Adult Medal Final, held each year at Capital Challenge, gives adult riders...

Sweet Briar College: 100 Years of Equestrian Women

By Sarah Welk Baynum    Nestled in the rolling hills of Sweet Briar, VA, is a collegiate equestrian program that has been a part of campus culture for over 100 years. In fact, Sweet Briar...

Tough Weather and Tough Riders at the “Lucky Seven” IHSA Alumni Tournament of Champions

“Lucky 7”  the Seventh Anniversary of the Alumni Tournament of Champions (hunt seat edition) once again had a slightly crazy Mother Nature throwing some interesting weather and oddly low temps at the 100 or...

The University of Tennessee at Martin rises up to No. 8.

BY GRACE SALMON On Thursday, November 9th, The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Equestrian Team started their day much earlier than one might imagine. Most of the athletes could be seen getting to the Ned...

“Cheers to 10 Fabulous Years” Theme of Alumni Tournament of Champions

“Cheers to 10 fabulous years” was the theme of the 10th year of the hunt seat side of the Alumni Tournament of Champions show, which was held Sunday, June 6th at the iconic USET...

Sweet Briar College and the Transformative Experience of Riding

Written by Sissy Wickes Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA, has had more than its share of trials in the past eighteen months. Slated to close its doors in 2015, the small female liberal...

“Good” College

By Randi C. Heathman I ask each new client family the same question when they join my practice: “How will you define success in the college process?” Typically, they all say the same thing: Their goal...

Intercollegiate Riding Has More Benefits Than You Think

By Sophia Strain I asked myself when my junior career is over, do I ride in college? Is it worth it? As a child when I would think about college, I was ready to throw myself...

MaeHunt Farm Sponsors Additional $2,500 Andrew Ryback Photography Scholarship

The Andrew Ryback Photography and The Plaid Horse Higher Learning Scholarship has awarded over $10,000 to equestrians pursuing higher education. Given the success of this scholarship, MaeHunt Farm and trainer Katie Jones have stepped...

Abbie Hopkins Thrives in the NCEA Format

BY GRACE SALMON Three Most Outstanding Player Awards. One National Collegiate Equestrian Association Rider of the Month. One United Equestrian Conference Rider of the Month. Seventeen year old Abbie Hopkins has excelled in the format...

One Team, One Heart, One Family – UTM Eq’s Triumphant Return to the NCEA

Above Photo: Tess Baumann giving Devon Woods a high five after competing against Auburn University. By Grace Salmon The University of Tennessee at Martin Equestrian Team is one of thirteen NCAA Division 1 Equestrian Teams in...

Averett University: Preparing Students for Careers in the Horse Industry

By Tyler Bui For students looking to pursue a career in the equestrian industry as well as ride on a collegiate level, finding the right university that offers both may be rare. Averett University is...

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Offers Equestrian Education with an International Focus

By Randi C. Heathman Though many schools of thought exist regarding the way to approach equestrian education, nearly all agree that hands-on training is the best. Whether it’s riding or horse and stable management, immersion...

IEA Awards Over 100,000 in Cash and Collegiate Partner Scholarships During 20th Anniversary Season

Edited Press Release Monday, June 20, 2022 (Columbus, OH) – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) awarded $108,050 in cash scholarships and collegiate scholarships during their 20th Anniversary Season in 2021-2022. This total marks the largest single-year distribution of scholarship funds in the...