Looking for thrilling equestrian competition on the first Saturday in May? Sure, there's always the Kentucky Derby. Or you can follow four times the riding action instead.
The 41st Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships return for the second consecutive year to the Pennsylvania Farm Expo, May 1-4. This event offers spectators--in-house and on-line--four nonstop days of hunter seat flat, over fences, Western horsemanship and reining title challenges before some of the industry's most discerning rated judges.
The return to Harrisburg was confirmed at last year's championships when Michael L. Pechart, Executive Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Mathew Meals, Deputy Secretary for Animal Agriculture, and George Greig, from the Office of the Secretary for the Department of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, joined IHSA executive director Robert Cacchione in announcing a renewal contract had been signed to return in May 2014.
“Thank you, IHSA, for choosing Harrisburg. We look forward to working with you,” Greig told Cacchione.
The IHSA Nationals present 40 title classes and over 450 riders--from more than 8,900 riders and 400 colleges in the IHSA--that have progressed through qualifying events to earn the privilege of competing for their school at the Championships.
Since 2012, thanks to live web-stream, following the action and results for your favorite colleges has never been easier: Public admission to the championships is still free and more people than ever can also now watch from computers or smart phones.
Results and links for last year's championships--which saw a historic tie in the Collegiate Cup between hunter seat teams St. Lawrence University and Skidmore College, and AQHA Trophy team win for West Texas A&M University--are available at www.ihsainc.com.
IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional and national levels, based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her financial status or riding level. Learn more about its scholarships, internships and other membership bonuses at www.IHSAinc.com and follow its more than 400 teams and 8,900 riders on Facebook and Twitter at @IHSAinc.