From Palm Springs, California, Mara Purnel of Centenary University (NJ) has the honor
of being the first Zone 3, Region 3 rider ever to win a class with the new "Limit" name. Purnel holds the
blue ribbon won in the first section of Limit Fences at the September 29th Marist College show.
THE NEW IHSA DIVISION NAMES CONVERSION TABLE
When one thinks of "Rookies" they might think of someone involved in their first
season of something, be it riding in the IHSA, playing professional sports or simply
starting a new job among many co-workers with plenty of time in the same industry.
When one thinks of "Limits" - especially when planning an IHSA show - they would
usually be thinking of the number of rides that will be allowed at an upcoming show.
An unlimited show has no limits, as a team could bring just about their entire roster
But from now on these terms have a different meaning within the IHSA. There will
be Rookies who may have spent time at a lower level, technically not making them
Rookies in the first-year sense but they will be Rookies nonetheless. And when limiting
the number of riders at shows there will perhaps be a limit on the number of "Limits"
a school will be allowed to bring. When the horse flesh is in large supply there might
be no limit on the number of limits taking part. Or if it is a point show a school
will be limited to one limit in each of the two limit divisions.
One needs no introduction? From now on they do if it is a hunter seat show and they
want a full point card!
Now forget all of that and pretend the story starts here:
For the first time since 2003 (when what was for 16 seasons called the Novice
Western Horsemanship division was added) the IHSA has re-named a riding division. In
fact the IHSA has re-named five hunter seat and four western divisions for the 2019-20
"It was done to bring us in line with industry-standard names for similar division(s),"
says Kelly Francfort, the head coach at Rutgers University and IHSA Vice-President.
According to at least one other individual the name changes also help with marketing,
as other organizations have used several of these names for divisions which made the
IHSA stand out for using something less recognized in 2019.
If you already know the fact that there are changes and simply want to see a list
of the new names next to the old ones to figure out which is which then jump - or lope -
ahead to the bottom of the page.
But if you are hearing this for the first time and want to know which divisions are
affected then read on for that information...
|Seen here with her Mother and "Monster," Jamie Esposito of West Chester University in Zone 3, Region 2 was "Novice rider for a day." Esposito rode at
the old advanced walk-trot-canter level late last season; was an opening-day novice rider (the new novice/old advanced walk-trot-canter level) and because she won
that class on September 28th Esposito pointed up and rode in both Limit divisions when this photo was taken on October 5th.
Let me introduce you to the introductory!: Riders who have never ridden a
horse prior to college but who join a hunter seat team to ride in the beginner
walk-trot division will now be known as "Introductory" riders. The division
previously known as beginner hunter seat equitation or beginning walk-trot has
been re-named introductory hunter seat equitation. On the Western side the
name beginner western horsemanship remains intact. If you join a western team
with no prior riding experience then you are in beginner western just as would
have been the case last season.
"Rookies" are the new western intermediates!: If you rode as a beginner
western rider in 2018-19 and still needed a few points to class up and you earn
these points at the first show of 2019-20 you will move up into the first of
two Rookie levels. What was intermediate I is now rookie A. This is the level
that will require a rider to earn 18 points to become a rookie B/formerly
intermediate II and enough to reach 36 to point up another level and go to Regionals.
Hopefully all the rookies learn to lope well enough over the course of earning
their 36 combined A/B points to be truly ready for "Level I".
What? I am a novice without pointing up??: The IHSA has kept the "Novice"
name but applied it to what was previously the two walk-trot-canter divisions.
Riders who pointed out of introductory/beginner previously would have shown in
beginner walk-trot-canter, with the goal of getting to 18 points to ride at the
advanced walk-trot-canter. If they got to 36 points in the two divisions they
moved up into what was novice flat and fences. Today the first step among
levels which require the canter is called "Pre-Novice." This name applies to
the former beginner walk-trot-canter while simply "Novice" applies to
advanced walk-trot-canter. Hunter seat riders need 18 points at the pre-novice
to be novices, and when they go over 36 points in the combind divisions they
move up, going into the division that used to be for novices. All across the
IHSA there are riders who were close to pointing out of advanced
walk-trot-canter to reach the novice levels as the 2018-19 season ended. Today
these same riders start the year as novices if only for a short time. When they
point up with 36 or more points they become...
|Salisbury University head coach (and new Zone 3, Region 5 Region President) Amy Daspit poses with Emily Bilhuber of the Gulls. Bilhuber was
an introductory hunter seat rider on September 29th when she pointed up and was fifth in her pre-novice debut when this photo was taken on October 6th.
Limits! The first hunter seat level which required one to jump was
known as novice fences. From now on the term novice will not be
applied to anyone jumping at an IHSA hunter seat show. The former novice
levels are now the "Limit" levels. Though it might not flow off the
tongue as gracefully when spoken, riders between the current novice levels
and the intermediate levels are today called limits.
A one and a two: Just as hunter seat riders can toss 'novice' and
'over fences' when put together out of their vocabulary so can western riders
give the heave-ho to 'novice' and 'advanced.' What until recently was called
novice western horsemanship will now simply be known as "Level I" western
horsemanship. The division the novices were aiming to point into was
advanced horsemanship. That division is now "Level II" western horsemanship.
It will be a level playing field for some time for western riders who start
at Level I, for after earning 36 or more points at I they will need another
36 or more at II to finally get into open. The Criteria for being placed at
each of the new levels mentioned is the same as last season, with only the
names changed if we have been informed correctly.
Open Flat, Open Fences, Open Western Horsemanship, Open Reining,
Intermediate Flat, Intermediate Fences, Beginner Western Horsemanship and
all Alumni Divisions stay the same!: None of these divisions saw a name
change over the summer, so if you are in these divisions or are getting
close (some people graduate in December!) just go with the flow and help
your teammates in the re-named divisions as best as you can.
All IHSA divisions have a corresponding number, such as "16" to Open
Reining and "5" to Intermediate Equitation on the Flat (most riders have
seem these numbers printed into show programs while parents may have heard
them when announced over public address systems at shows as part of the
results). The Key or conversion table below lists each number followed by
the new name of a
division, which in turn is followed by the old name. If a division has
not undergone a name change then "Unchanged" appears after the first name
shown. This writer has already been to three official IHSA shows this
season and it appears most are picking up on the changes without too much
difficulty. The ones who have not should keep this list handy to avoid
New Division Names on the Left/Old Division Names on the Right
1 = Introductory Hunter Seat Equitation/Beginner Walk-Trot Equitation
2A = Pre-Novice Hunter Seat Equitation/Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation
2B = Novice Hunter Seat Equitation/Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation
3 = Limit Hunter Seat Equitation on the Flat/Novice Equitation on the Flat
4 = Limit Hunter Seat Equitation Over Fences/Novice Equitation Over Fences
5 = Intermediate Hunter Seat Equitation on the Flat/Unchanged
6 = Intermediate Hunter Seat Equitation Over Fences/Unchanged
7 = Open Hunter Seat Equitation on the Flat/Unchanged
8 = Open Hunter Seat Equitation Over Fences/Unchanged
9 = Alumni Equitation on the Flat/Unchanged
10 = Alumni Equitation Over Fences/Unchanged
11 = Beginner Western Horsemanship/Unchanged
12A = Rookie A Western Horsemanship/Intermediate I Western Horsemanship
12B = Rookie B Western Horsemanship/Intermediate II Western Horsemanship
13 = Level I Western Horsemanship/Novice Western Horsemanship
14 = Level II Western Horsemanship/Advanced Western Horsemanship
15 = Open Western Horsemanship/Unchanged
16 = Open Reining/Unchanged
17 = Alumni Western Horsemanship/Unchanged
18 = Alumni Reining/Unchanged