Day 3 of IHSA Nationals Crowns Champions

Savannah College of Art and Design rider Ryan Genn won the Collegiate Cup Open Equitation on the Flat.

Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Nationals Finals wrapped up the third day on Saturday, May 7. The nation’s top Hunt Seat teams were named, Cacchione Cup Champion crowned, and western classes continued.

Alexandra Carlton from the University of Vermont clinched the first class of the day, Collegiate Cup Open Equitation Over Fences, with Renee Russo from Delaware Valley University taking second. In third through tenth place were: Bridget Finnerty for Mount Holyoke College, Ryan Genn from Savannah College of Art and Design, Chelsea Huss from Cornell University, Corinne Cochran for the University of Southern California, Corinne Miller for Stanford University, Maggy Case from Louisiana State University, Kelsey Kocher for St. Andrews University, and Katherine Murphy for the University of Kentucky.

The top three riders from yesterday’s Cacchione Cup phases—Chase Boggio from Tufts University, Victoria Bauer from College of Charleston, and Ryan Genn from Savannah College of Art and Design—rode a tricky test to determine the overall winner. Maneuvers included a jump off the counter canter, full serpentine of the ring with lead changes, hand gallop of a jump, and half turn on the haunches. After masterfully executed tests, Boggio was named the Cacchione Cup Champion, with Bauer taking second and Genn capturing third. Fourth through tenth place finishers included: Ursula Green of Skidmore College, Alexandra Carlton from the University of Vermont, Jesse Fortier from St. Lawrence University, Abby Bertelson of Stanford University, Cary Hundley from Goucher College, Lauren Henry from the University of Rhode Island, and Anna Cardelfe            of Villanova University.

In the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Individual Open Reining, Middle Tennessee State University’s Leah Piper slid to the win, with Kelsey Wilson from West Texas A&M University taking reserve. Third through ninth place went to: Dylan Dombrowski from Cazenovia College, Sarah Yu of Ohio State University, Elissa Bening from Ohio State University, Kayla Magrum from the University of Findlay, Alex Miller of Black Hawk College, Ellen Waidner from Florida State University, and Codi Uecker from Rocky Mountain College.

Collegiate Cup Open Equitation on the Flat was the final Hunt Seat class to determine the top team, and Ryan Genn pulled the win for Savannah College of Art and Design. Alexandra Carlton from the University of Vermont rode to second place. In third through tenth were: Katie Pohlman for the University of Findlay, Cody Wooten of Centenary College, Alyssa Bokor from St. Lawrence University, Julie Dettman from the University of Kentucky, Hayley Banister for Kansas State University, Cary Hundley of Goucher College, Annika Hoy for the University of Southern California, and Morgan Brown for Louisiana State University.

Right before the awards ceremony, former IHSA riders gathered for Alumni Equitation on the Flat. Kayleigh Burke from Virginia Tech rode to the champion ribbon, with Skidmore College’s Rebecca McCourt earning second. Third through tenth place went to: Casey Zuraitis from St. Lawrence University, Jen Armistead from the University of Delaware, Ashton Phillips of Virginia Intermont College, Reilly Milbauer from West Texas A&M University, Tara Mathews from the University of Connecticut, Ila Addanki of Mount Holyoke College, Kathleen Reed from the University of Kentucky, and Katie Gehrt from Virginia Tech.

Savannah College of Art and Design dominated the Hunt Seat competition, earning team champion honors for the second year in a row with 36 points. Mount Holyoke College had great rides throughout the week to earn 20 points, good enough for second place overall. Third through tenth place teams included (with a tie for ninth): University of Findlay with 18 points, University of Vermont with 17 points, Centenary College with 16 points, University of Kentucky with 13 points, St. Lawrence University with 12 points, Cornell University with 10 points, Delaware Valley University with 9 points, Stanford University with 9 points, and St. Andrews University with 7 points.

Both sections of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) High Point Rider Rail Phase, AQHA Beginner Western Horsemanship, and Alumni Reining finished off the day. Stay tuned for results, and check in tomorrow for the final standings! 

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