Kayla Kleinman of Skidmore College (on horse) won the individual walk-trot class at IHSA Nationals on
May 4th. Skidmore riders have now won seven of the eight undergraduate individual hunter seat divisions at Nationals over
the history of the program.
HOLLINS PRODUCES TWO WINNERS IN INDIVIDUAL HUNTER SEAT CLASSES AT 2012 IHSA NATIONALS
Raleigh, NC - When preparing to write a story about the individual hunter seat classes
at IHSA Nationals this writer usually tries to find one angle to emphasize. Sometimes one
team will win the majority of the individual classes. Sometimes schools from a particular
region or zone come up with a large block of blue ribbons. Sometimes eight different
schools win one blue ribbon each (but rarely; usually at least one school wins twice in
eight tries). When this happens I might examine if any of the winners coincidentally come
from the IHSA National Championship hunter seat team.
At 2012 IHSA Nationals in Raleigh, North Carolina May 3rd through 6th seven different
schools won at least one individual hunter seat blue ribbon, including one school which
went on to win the hunter seat team competition. One school which was not a region
champion produced two blue ribbon winners. Hollins University did not score well within
Zone 4, Region 2 fall shows but then rallied in the spring to come within seven points of
region champion Bridgewater College. Hollins riders excelled in the post-season, with
all three of their Zone qualifiers advancing to Nationals where two managed to win
St. Lawrence University had three riders in the individual classes. One of the
three won while the Saints went on to win 2012 Nationals. Runner-up Skidmore College
had four riders entered individually. One of them was also a blue ribbon winner.
To qualify individually for IHSA Nationals, a hunter seat rider must first qualify for
Regionals. To do this a rider must earn 36 or more points in any one division save for
the open divisions. If a rider below the open division does not earn 36 points over the
course of a season that riders points carry over to the next season where hopefully he or
she will go over that number early on. Riders in the open divisions must earn only 28
points in either open flat or open fences to qualify for Regionals. However each open
riders' points are erased at the end of the season. Open riders must start over with no
points to begin each season. If a rider qualifies for Regionals he or she must make the
top two in their division to advance to Zones (this past season appears to mark the first
time in IHSA history that all Zones limited their individual classes to two riders per
region. In previous seasons there were some Zones which took the top three from each
regions' Regional Show). At Zones there will usually be either eight or ten riders in
each of the individual classes. The goal for each of these riders is to once again make
the top two. The top two go on to IHSA Nationals, where the classes are made up of 16
riders each (the top two from each zone).
|Catherine Hensly of Hollins University (on horse) won the individual walk-trot-canter class on May 3rd.
Hollins was the only team to win more than one individual class, as Sarah Brown won individual intermediate over fences
earlier in the day.
2012 IHSA Nationals took place at the James B. Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, North
Carolina, the first time a National show had taken place in North Carolina since St.
Andrews University hosted 1988 Nationals at their own facility (there were only 12
regions in the IHSA during the 1987-88 season, a far cry from the 36 - soon to be 37 -
that comprise the organization today. At that time it was common for a school with a
large facility and plenty of seating to host Nationals). Unlike the sites for the past
three IHSA National shows the indoor at the Hunt Horse is not climate-controlled, though
enormous fans bolted to the ceiling provide improved ventilation. Nevertheless the
temperatures in the Raleigh area were unusually high for early May, with daytime highs
reaching the upper '80's if not 90 degrees. Though the temperature was nice in the
morning all three days turned fairly warm and uncomfortable. As luck would have it a
thunderstorm came through just after all the hunter seat classes had been completed on
the third day of Nationals, leaving very comfortable conditions for the western riders
who competed beyond that time.
It was still very comfortable inside the arena when Aleece Christiansen of the College
of Southern Idaho entered the ring for Individual Intermediate Over Fences at 8:38AM on
the morning of May 3rd to kick off 2012 Nationals. As would be the case with each rider
Judges R. Scot Evans and Chrystine Tauber would each come up with a score for an over
fences round. The scores would be combined and averaged and that rider would receive
the combined score. Kenn Marash, who has been the public address announcer at all but
one IHSA Nationals event since 2006, would then announce the combined score.
Christiansen received a score of '63' but it was not long before riders were in the 70's
and 80's. After everyone had completed the course (including one re-ride) five riders
had scored in the '80's, six in the '70's, four in the '60's and one below a 60. The
$64,000.00 question at the end of every IHSA over fences class is "Will there be
additional testing?" If multiple riders are tested then the placings for the tested
riders can obviously change. If there is no further testing then the entire top ten is
known, based on putting the scores in order from top to bottom. Marash announced that
"there will be no further testing." Riders were invited back to the ring for the
presentation of ribbons and awards.
As is the custom at IHSA National events the results are read aloud in reverse order, with the
six riders who finished out of the top ten receiving honorable mention before being
excused from the ribbon presentation. The first rider to receive a top ten ribbon at
2012 Nationals was Kayla Reeves of West Texas A & M University. A sophomore
coincidentally from Canyon, Texas (where the school is located) Reeves received a
combined judge's score of '71.' Molly Tassmer was the only University of Connecticut
rider to qualify individually (though the Huskies also had a rider in the Cacchione Cup
class). A sophomore from East Haddam, Connecticut Tassmer was ninth with a score of
'73.' Kelly Purchase of Boston University was eighth with a score of '75.' It was the
final undergraduate ride for the senior from Locust Valley, New York and the only ride
for a Terrier rider at this year's Nationals. Morgan Parisek of Murray State University
was seventh with a score of '77.' A sophomore from Elgin, Illinois, Parisek would have
the longest 'break' of any rider at 2012 Nationals, for her second of two classes was
the individual advanced western horsemanship division three days later. Taylor Rose of
Bridgewater College was sixth with a score of '78.' The sophomore from Westminster,
Maryland won both a team class and an individual class at Zone 4 Zones on April 7th.
Fifth place went to Georgiana de Rham of Cornell University. From Bristol, Rhode Island
de Rham was one of only two freshmen entered in the division. de Rham received a score
of '80.' Brendan Weiss, who dominated Zone 3 Zones as Penn State won outright, was
fourth. A sophomore from Southampton, Pennsylvania, Weiss received an '82.' Whitney
Wickes of the University of Colorado at Boulder was third with a score of '83.' The
senior from Aspen, Colorado would fair even better when she competed again later in the
day. The Reserve Championship went to another freshman, Trevor Hawthorne of Centenary
College. From Wilmington, Delaware, Hawthorne received a score of '84' in his IHSA
Nationals debut. Apparently Evans and Tauber throught a two-point gap between first and
second was sufficient enough to eliminate the need for further testing, as Sarah Brown
of Hollins University was the champion with a score of '86.' A junior from
Charlottesville, Virginia, Brown had finished second to Rose at Zone 4 Zones to be the
only Hollins rider not to win outright on April 7th. Both Brown and Hawthorne rode
Centenary horses, with Brown winning on "Sean" and Hawthorne reserve on "King." Brown's
win was the first ever for a Hollins rider at Nationals in the individual intermediate
over fences division. If a Hollins rider wins the individual walk-trot at a future IHSA
Nationals event Hollins will have at least one win at Nationals in all eight individual
|The Chronicle of the Horse's Megan Brincks (on right) interviews Kathryn Haley of Centenary Colelge
after she won individual open over fences. In two IHSA Nationals appearances Haley has won individual open flat and
fences and team open flat.
The first three classes of 2012 Nationals were each an individual division. In
fact all but one of the eight individual hunter seat classes would take place on
Thursday, May 3rd (augmented by three hunter seat team classes). The second class
of the day was the Individual Open Over Fences. Seven of the 16 riders entered were
also scheduled to compete in the Cacchione Cup division (which is a multi-phased
event to determine the top hunter seat open rider within the IHSA for the 2011-12
season). Though the Cacchione did not start until the next day it would be time in
the seat and perhaps a confidence-builder for these seven riders. Surprisingly two
of the best open riders had stops on the individual open course. Zone 5, Region 4
Cacchione rider Lauren Fay of Virginia Intermont College and Brown University
sophomore Jacqueline Lubrano received scores of '40' and '41' respectively. However
Fay would go on to place ninth in the Cacchione Cup while Lubrano would earn a first
and a second in the team open classes to lift Brown into third place. Just as had
been the case earlier there was no additional testing. Somewhat surprisingly only
four riders scored in the '80's at the higher level. Tenth place went to Haley
Aydam of Texas Tech. A sophomore from Austin, Texas, Aydam received a score of '72.'
Cecilia Busick was the lone New York University entry at '12 Nationals. The
sophomore from Simsbury, Connecticut was ninth with a score of '74.' Kaley Silipo
would represent Zone 8, Region 5 in the Cacchione class starting Friday but today
the University of Colorado at Boulder sophomore from Vail, Colorado was eighth with
a score of '75.' Alexandra Kemp-Thompson of Seton Hill University would also compete
for the Cacchione Cup. A junior from the capitol of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario),
Kemp-Thompson was seventh with a score of '77.' It was the IHSA Nationals debut of
Penn State's Lauren Powers. A freshman from Yardley, Pennsylvania, Powers received
sixth place and a score of '78' but would eventually earn eighth place in the
Cacchione class. It was the final IHSA undergraduate ride for Catherine McIntyre of
Fairfield University. A senior from San Diego, California, McIntyre received a
score of '79.' Casey Lorusso of Stonehill College was the first rider into the
'80's at '80.' The junior from Wrentham, Massachusetts was the top ribbon-winner in
individual open fences who also crossed over into the Cacchione Cup. Third place
with a score of '81' went to Emma Lane Poole of Hollins University. The junior from
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania won this class at Zone 4 Zones but would be the only one of
three Hollins riders entered at Nationals not to win a blue ribbon. Meghan Shader of
the University of Kentucky was three points higher for the Reserve Championship. A
senior from Towson, Maryland, Shader rode "Sampson" (believed to be a Virginia
Intermont College horse) to a score of '84.' The only rider remaining in the ring
had dominated 2011 Nationals, playing a big part in Centenary College earning their
second IHSA National Championship in three years. Kathryn Haley had been a force on
the flat in Lexington but today the sophomore from Orchard Park, New York won an over
fences class at Nationals for the first time. Clearing the jumps aboard "Midas" (a
Hollins horse, which may explain why Poole was only third), Haley received a score of
'85.' A small number of spectators were surprised that first and second were not
tested, in that only one point separated the two. It was here that Evans and Tauber
set a trend which indicated that testing was going to be a rarity over the next two
Individual Novice Over Fences was the third class of the morning. The novice
jumpers were on their game, as 13 of the 16 trips resulted in judge's scores of '72'
or higher. When the ribbons were announced tenth went to Nicole Ligon of West
Chester University, the first of three Golden Ram riders including one alumni. A
sophomore from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, Ligon received a score of '75.' Ninth place
went to Brendan Williams of Centenary College, who had finished one place ahead of
Ligon at Zone 3 Zones on April 1st. The Cyclone sophomore from Stratford, Connecticut
received a score of '77.' Shannon Roska of the University of Wisconsin at Madison
would ride twice today, placing inside the top ten each time. The senior from
Glendale, Wisconsin was eighth with a score of '78.' Kathleen Wallace was the
University of Mary Washington's lone representative at '12 Nationals. A junior from
Midlothian, Virginia, Wallace was seventh with a score of '79.' A whopping six
riders were in the '80's, starting with University of San Diego freshman Mackenzie
Gibbs. From Castro Valley, California the only freshman in the class and the only
member of the Toreros at Nationals was sixth with a score of '81.' Justine Thomas of
Stanford University had finished one place ahead of Gibbs at Zone 8 Zones in April and
did so once again. The senior from Redwood City, California was fifth with a score of
'81.5' (also the first 'decimal' number of '12 Nationals). Molly Coryer of St.
Lawrence University received a score of '82' for fourth place. The junior from
Ogdensburg, New York was thus the first member of the eventual National Champion
Saints to earn a ribbon at '12 Nationals. Half of the top six were California
residents. However though Jenna Parezo may be found training under Jim Haggeman in
the greater Los Angeles area when school is not in session she can be found competing
for Syracuse University in Zone 2, Region 2 when it is! A sophomore, Parezo was third
with a score of '83.' Parezo was the only Syracuse rider at Nationals, just like
Shelby Rogers was the only University of South Carolina rider at the year-end show.
A senior from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Rogers closed out her IHSA undergraduate era
with a second and a score of '84.' With a large number of people changing planes to
connect into Raleigh it was not too surprising to find one parent from Upstate New
York on a plane with a parent from Palatine, Illinois. This is what happened for the
mothers of Coryer and Miami University of Ohio's Allison Drost. As luck would have
it, Mrs. Coryer and Mrs. Drost would not only meet up by chance on an airplane but
would find their daughters placing inside the top four in the same class at Nationals!
A sophomore from - eh - Palatine, Illinois, Drost won the class for the Red Hawks with
a judge's score of '85.' So far riders from three different Zones (4,3 and 6) and
three different parts of the country had blue ribbons. Could it become even more
|Seen here with her parents, Allison Drost of Miami University of Ohio won individual novice over
fences. Drost finished four places ahead of Molly Coryer of St. Lawrence University (not pictured), who is mentioned
her because by pure chance Allison's mother and Molly's mother flew into Raleigh on the same plane a day or two earlier.
Team novice over fences followed, suprisingly giving the University of Colorado at
Boulder the early lead. After team novice fences there was a break to remove the
jumps and drag the ring. By the time Individual Intermediate On The Flat started it
was nearly 2:00 in the afternoon local time and things were in fact hot. As would be
the case with each of the flat classes riders entered the ring at the walk, then were
asked to trot, then walk again, then canter, then walk, reverse at the walk, trot,
walk, canter, walk and then perform other requests of judges Evans and Tauber. At
this stage of the show the elimination process did not require any of the 16 riders
to exit the ring before others (by Friday six to ten riders would be excused at some
point while those remaining would be asked to go through additional tests). At this
point everyone in the stands could figure out all but the top two based on who was
called into the middle and when. Marash would slowly tell riders at the canter to
come into the middle one by one. Eventually Marash would have called out all but two
numbers. The last two on the rail would be called in together. Riders were then
told to dismount, the horse handlers came in and escorted the horses back to the
holding area, and all 16 riders lined up near IHSA Founder and Executive Director Bob
Cacchione and several other VIP's for the presentation of ribbons.
Tenth place in individual intermediate on the flat went to Lauren Taymor of the
University of Southern California. A sophomore from San Rafeal, California, Taymor
was the only Trojan undergraduate at '12 Nationals out of three to receive a top ten
ribbon. Roska fell one place back to ninth in her second ride of the day. Jessica
Browne was the second University of Kentucky individual rider to go top ten. The
junior from Louisville, Kentucky was eighth for the Wildcats. Kelsey Shanley was the
first of two Cazenovia College riders to place on May 3rd. The junior from
Williamstown, Massachusetts was seventh. Stonehill had three riders in the individual
divisions. The second of the two, Emily Dolan, was sixth. While this writer cannot
recall if Marash started with eight or six riders when he began calling those on the
rail at the canter into the middle one at a time, it is safe to say that the Sky Hawk
junior from LaCrosse, Wisconsin was one of those still on the rail to be called in.
Virginia Intermont College earned their first ribbon of the day as Danielle Clark was
fifth. The sophomore from Florence, Alabama was the second of four Cobra riders to
show individually. Sarah Jadwin of Ohio State University is apparently tough to beat
on the flat in the post-season. Last year Jadwin was tenth at Nationals in
individual novice on the flat. This season the sophomore coincidentally from
Columbus, Ohio was fourth in the tougher intermediate flat division. Weiss moved up
one place from a fourth to a third in his second of four rides over three days.
Wickes coincidentally also moved up one place from third to Reserve Champion. This
left St. Lawrence freshman Emily D'Alessandro in the ring by herself with Cacchione
and all the VIP's. From Redding, Connecticut, D'Alessandro was one of only two Saints
to win a class over the long weekend (Katherine Figueroa in team novice flat would be
the other). However D'Alessandro and Coryer and Grace Seagrave (fourth in team novice
fences between D'Alessandro and Coryer) established that St. Lawrence was going to
deliver a strong ride every time out. Only once would a St. Lawrence rider miss out
on a top five ribbon when entered.
Individual Novice On The Flat followed. Again riders were eventually pulled into
the middle of the ring until only two remained. Then both were called to line up and
within 15 minutes the results were heard over the public address system. Tenth place
went to Anna Duble of Ohio University. A sophomore from Rochester, New York, Duble
was riding for the second time on this day after having been out of the ribbons in
novice fences. Sara Walker was the first of two Truman State University riders to
compete on May 3rd. The senior from Desoto, Missouri was ninth in her final IHSA
undergraduate ride. Natashia Klingenstein of Centenary College had won team
intermediate over fences at 2011 Nationals and would win team intermediate on the flat
later in the day today. However the senior from Torrance, California was eighth in
this division. Kathryne Richard was the second of two Sweet Briar College riders to
compete on the 3rd. From Portland, Oregon, Richard was the only one of three freshmen
in the division to make the top ten, placing seventh. Kristen Phelps of the
University of New Hampshire had been out of the ribbons two classes earlier. However
the senior from Hookset, New Hampshire was sixth in her final IHSA undergraduate ride.
St. Lawrence University junior Casey Zuraitis was fifth. From Sutton,
Massachusetts, Zuraitis would benefit from time in the seat by placing second in team
intermediate on the flat at the end of the day.
The second-ever University of California at Santa Cruz rider to
compete at IHSA Nationals was fourth. In fact Megan Forgie of the Banana Slugs (a real
nickname; the school even had a vote on it!) is their first rider ever into the top
ten. Last season teammate Martha Gustavson was out of the ribbons in individual
intermediate over fences. Gustavson was in attendance as Forgie (a senior from Malibu,
California) earned the white ribbon. Abby Parke of Virginia Intermont was yet another
senior showing as an undergrad for the final time. From Salisbury, Maryland, Parke was
third. Chrissie Kausrud was the first of two University of Findlay riders to compete
individually in hunter seat. A junior from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kausrud earned Reserve
Champion honors. Berry College was the 2011 western National Champion, and
unsurprisingly the Vikings had a full western team entered. However only one Berry
hunter seat rider survived Zone 5 Zones. Kristin Brennan, who was second to Parke on
March 31st, defeated the entire field at Nationals. A sophomore from Ocala, Florida,
Brennan was the only Berry rider - english or western - to win a class at 2012 IHSA
|Kristin Brennan (on right, with Head Coach Margaret Knight) was the only Berry College hunter seat rider
to qualify for 2012 Nationals. That one-to-one coach-to-rider ratio paid dividends as Brennan won the individual novice flat.
The third-to-last class of the day was Individual Walk-Trot-Canter. Aliy
Abbenhaus of Truman State, whose photographs of several of her Bulldog
teammates have been posted on this site, was not quite as fortunate as teammate
Walker. The sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri started the top ten at tenth
place. Last season Alex Calvert of Xavier University of Ohio was tenth in
individual walk-trot-canter. This season the second-ever Musketteer to reach
Nationals was ninth, so next season eight place is all but theirs! Stephanie
Manhart, a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio was ninth for Xavier. Lauren O'Neil
was the third and final Virginia Tech rider to compete at '12 Nationals. The
senior from Linthicum Heights, Maryland was eighth, getting the Hokies into the
top ten at least once. Blake Shessel was the University of Georgia's lone
representative at '12 Nationals. A sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia, Shessel
was seventh for a different set of Bulldogs. Olivia Prince of Colgate University
was sixth. A sophomore, Prince was the second rider of the day from the town of
Austin, Texas to go top ten. For the only time on May 3rd a team
had two riders in the same class. Kate McAndrew was the first of two Penn
State University (State College) riders to hear name called. A freshman from
Clark's Summit, Pennsylvania, McAndrew was fifth. Miami of Ohio Riders continued
to go high up the charts. Krysten Kasting, a sophomore from Copley, Ohio, was
fourth for the Red Hawks. Kasting wound up in a Penn State 'sandwich' as Haleigh
Boswell of the Nittany Lions was third. A junior from Woodstock, New York,
Boswell was second to McAndrew at Zone 3 Zones on April 1st. Cazenovia's final
rider of the day was senior Cailey Underhill. From Louisville, Colorado,
Underhill had won the division at Zone 2 Zones on April 7th and received the
Reserve Championship ribbon on this day. Though she was second at Regionals
Catherine Hensly made it two in a row on May 3rd. The Hollins sophomore from
Virginia Beach, Virginia won just as she did at Zone 4 Zones. The team with no
school nickname or mascot from Hollins, Virginia finished the day with two
firsts and a third, not far off their pace of two firsts and a second on April
Eventually all eyes were on the presentation area and all ears were on Marash
as the results of individual open flat were announced. Tenth place went to
Whitney Mahloch of St. Mary of the Woods College. A senior from Plymouth,
Wisconsin, Mahloch was one of eight riders in the division who would partake in
the Cacchione Cup over fences phase a day later. Kayla Prefontaine ended her
undergraduate era with a ninth. A senior from Newport, Rhode Island,
Prefontaine was at one time a member of the Johnson & Wales Equestrian Team but
transfered to the University of Rhode Island for her final two seasons. Lubrano
of Brown had edged out Prefontaine at both Zone 1, Region 1 Regionals and Zone 1
Zones. Once again the sophomore from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania was one ribbon
higher, at eighth. Katie Hansen of St. Andrews University was seventh. A
junior from Toledo, Ohio, Hansen would ride several more times at Nationals but
her individual open flat effort still yielded the best ribbon. Jessica Katz of
Delaware Valley College was sixth. A sophomore from West Hartford,
Connecticut, Katz was the only Aggie entered individually at '12 Nationals,
though teammate Ciara Menkens competed for the Cacchione a day later. It was
hardly the final ride for Skidmore College senior Kelly Campbell. The Cohoes,
New York product would ride many times in the different Cacchione phases and
would also show in team open flat. Campbell's fifth in individual open flat
would be the lowest of the three ribbons she would leave Raleigh with (the best
would be reserve champion in the Cacchione Cup). K.T. Steward was the second of
two Findlay riders to show on the 3rd. A senior from Boca Raton, Florida,
Steward placed fourth but would be back for the Cacchione a day later. Haley
came close to winning twice in one day but was third. One year earlier Haley
won the division, so she was the only rider to go top ten in individual open
flat two seasons in a row.
Washington & Lee University senior Tamara Morse is probably thinking she will
be known as the rider who was fourth at both 2011 and 2012 IHSA Nationals in the
Cacchione Cup Class without ever reaching the work-off phase. Twice the cut-off
or call-back for the work-off phase was limited to only the top three, with
Morse coincidentally fourth both seasons. However on May 3rd Morse was Reserve
Champion in individual open flat. The individual open flat championship went to
Tara Donohue of Stony Brook University. The only undergraduate Seawolf to reach
'12 Nationals, Donohue was one of the few individual winners who could claim to
have placed first at Regionals, Zones and Nationals. The junior from Centerport,
New York can claim to have competed for two different Region Champions. In
2009-10 Donohue competed for St. Joseph's College of Patchogue, New York, which
sent a full team to Zones that season. This season was her first for Stony
Brook, which captured their first region title since the 2003-04 season.
Donohue also became the first Stony Brook rider since Myrna Treuting took over
the head coaching duties from the legendary George Lukemire in 2006 to win a
class at IHSA Nationals.
|Basic riding info for those who have never been on a horse: Keep all your weight in your heels, just like Tara Donohue of Stony Brook
University is doing here. Donohue won the individual open on the flat, becoming the fourth-ever Stony Brook rider to win the division at Nationals and
the first since Myrna Treuting (second on right) became head coach.
It was not until well into the afternoon on Friday, May 4th that the final
individual undergraduate hunter seat class took place. Individual Walk-Trot
was the ninth class of the day (out of 12) and the only individual class to
feature two riders from the same team not once but twice! Both Ohio University
(with Lauren Dorenkott and Alyssa Bower) and Skidmore College (with Erika Wohl
and Kayla Kleinman) could claim the top two placings at their respective Zones
shows in walk-trot. The class was similar to all the others, save for the fact
that no one was required to canter at any time.
As is often the case this is one of the faster classes at Nationals. It
took less than 35 minutes from the time the first rider entered the ring until
all of the placings were announced. After Marash thanked each of the six
riders who were honorable mentions, tenth place was awarded to Jessica Madden
of Georgia Southern University. Madden was very specific that she is from the
borough of Queens, New York, which made her the only individual hunter seat
rider at '12 Nationals from any of the five boroughs of New York City. Katie
Beard of West Chester University was ninth. The Golden Rams junior from
Lancaster, Pennsylvania finished one place higher than teammate Ligon (however
former teammate Emily Rosen would place eighth in alumni flat the next day).
Kerri Sheridan was the only State University of New York at New Paltz
undergraduate to compete at '12 Nationals. The senior from Woodburne, New
York finished her IHSA undergraduate era with an eighth. Dorenkott (sophomore,
from Westlake, Ohio) was the first of two Bobcats to hear her name called.
It had been several seasons since Vanderbilt had an undergraduate rider entered.
Maryphyllis Crean of the Commodores, who won the division at Zone 5 Zone on
March 31st, was sixth. Though Zone 1 is often thought of as one of the stronger
Zones the schools in most of New England were only into the top five twice in
the individual classes. The second of the two was Simon Inn of Johnson & Wales
University. A sophomore from Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, Inn was fifth for the
Wildcats. Lindsey McNeill of West Texas A & M University would have the honor of
wearing number 328 in both the english and western classes (though for western
the horse actually wears the rider's number on the saddle). A sophomore from
Houston, Texas, McNeill was fourth and would place ninth two days later in
individual beginner western. Bower was the second of two Bobcats to hear her
name called. A sophomore from Parma, Ohio, Bower's third gave her the best
ribbon for any Ohio University rider at '12 Nationals across four rides. Allyson
Gallamore bested teammate Rose for the top Bridgewater College ribbon. A senior
from King George, Virginia, Gallamore was Reserve Champion in her final IHSA
undergraduate ride. The only rider who remained was the final hunter seat
undergraduate individual champion of 2012. A sophomore from Boston,
Massachusetts, Kayla Kleinman prevailed for the Thoroughbreds. Considering the
long-term success of the Skidmore program it is suprising that Kleinman is the
first Thoroughbred to win the individual walk-trot at Nationals. With Kleinman
first Skidmore Head Coach Cindy Ford has seen her riders win at least once in
every undergraduate individual hunter seat class at Nationals except individual
intermediate flat at least once in her 21 seasons as head coach.
With the individual walk-trot out of the way the show continued on as it
always does. There wasn't much else to say about the individual hunter
seat classes. If you could not get to the show this was the first year the
IHSA used their web site for live streaming over the internet so that
anyone with a computer or hand-held device could watch the competition.
Some even watched parts of Nationals in their hotel rooms when not
exploring Raleigh or competing at the arena itself.
The following is a list of the Individual hunter seat Class-by-Class
Results from 2012 IHSA Nationals, held at the Governor James B. Hunt Horse
Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina. The first seven classes listed were
held Thursday, May 3rd while the final class was held on Friday, May 4th.
The Judges for all hunter seat classes were R. Scot Evans and Crystine Tauber.
Individual Intermediate Equitation Over Fences: 1. Sarah Brown, Hollins
University. 2. Trevor Hawthorne, Centenary College. 3. Whitney Wickes,
University of Colorado at Boulder. 4. Brendan Weiss, Penn State University
(State College). 5. Georgiana de Rham, Cornell University. 6. Taylor Rose,
Bridgewater College. 7. Morgan Parisek, Murray State University. 8. Kelly
Purchase, Boston University. 9. Molly Tassmer, University of Connecticut.
10. Kayla Reeves, West Texas A & M University.
Individual Open Equitation Over Fences: 1. Kathryn Haley, Centenary
College. 2. Meghan Shader, University of Kentucky. 3. Emma Lane Poole,
Hollins University. 4. Casey Lorusso, Stonehill College. 5. Catherine
McIntyre, Fairfield University. 6. Lauren Powers, Penn State University
(State College). 7. Alexandra Kemp - Thompson, Seton Hill University.
8. Kaley Silipo, University of Colorado at Boulder. 9. Cecilia Busick, New
York University. 10. Haley Aydam, Texas Tech University.
Individual Novice Equitation Over Fences: 1. Allison Drost, Miami
University of Ohio. 2. Shelby Rogers, University of South Carolina.
3. Jenna Parezo, Syracuse University. 4. Molly Coryer, St. Lawrence
University. 5. Justine Thomas, Stanford University. 6. Mackenzie Gibbs,
University of San Diego. 7. Kathleen Wallace, University of Mary
Washington. 8. Shannon Roska, University of Wisconsin at Madison.
9. Brendan Williams, Centenary College. 10. Nicole Ligon, West Chester
|Every hunter seat rider who won a class received a Collegiate Saddle, such as the one Emily D'Alessandro is holding.
Representing St. Lawrence University, D'Allessandro was the only freshman to win an individual class at 2012 Nationals, emerging the winner
in individual intermediate flat.
Individual Intermediate Equitation On The Flat: 1. Emily D'Alessandro,
St. Lawrence University. 2. Whitney Wickes, University of Colorado at
Boulder. 3. Brendan Weiss, Penn State University (State College).
4. Sarah Jadwin, Ohio State University. 5. Danielle Clark, Virginia
Intermont College. 6. Emily Dolan, Stonehill College. 7. Kelsey Shanley,
Cazenovia College. 8. Jessica Browne, University of Kentucky. 9. Shannon
Roska, University of Wisconsin at Madison. 10. Lauren Taymor, University
of Southern California.
Individual Novice Equitation On The Flat: 1. Kristin Brennan, Berry
College. 2. Chrissy Kausrud, University of Findlay. 3. Abby Parke,
Virginia Intermont College. 4. Megan Forgie, University of California at
Santa Cruz. 5. Casey Zuraitis, St. Lawrence University. 6. Kristen
Phelps, University of New Hampshire. 7. Kathryne Richard, Sweet Briar
College. 8. Natasha Klingenstein, Centenary College. 9. Sara Walker,
Truman State University. 10. Anna Duble, Ohio University.
Individual Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation On The Flat: 1. Catherine
Hensly, Hollins University. 2. Cailey Underhill, Cazenovia College.
3. Haleigh Boswell, Penn State University (State College). 4. Krysten
Kasting, Miami University of Ohio. 5. Kate McAndrew, Penn State
University (State College). 6. Olivia Prince, Colgate University.
7. Blake Shessel, University of Georgia. 8. Lauren O'Neil, Virginia Tech.
9. Stephanie Manhart, Xavier University of Ohio. 10. Aliy Abbenhaus,
Truman State University.
Individual Open Equitation On The Flat: 1. Tara Donohue, Stony Brook
University. 2. Tamara Morse, Washington & Lee University. 3. Kathryn
Haley, Centenary College. 4. K.T. Steward, University of Findlay.
5. Kelly Campbell, Skidmore College. 6. Jessica Katz, Delaware Valley
College. 7. Katie Hansen, St. Andrews University. 8. Jacqueline Lubrano,
Brown University. 9. Kayla Prefontaine, University of Rhode Island.
10. Whitney Mahloch, St. Mary of the Woods College.
Individual Walk-Trot Equitation On The Flat: 1. Kayla Kleinman, Skidmore
College. 2. Allyson Gallamore, Bridgewater College. 3. Alyssa Bower, Ohio
University. 4. Lindsey McNeill, West Texas A & M University. 5. Simon Inn,
Johnson & Wales University. 6. Maryphyllis Crean, Vanderbilt University.
7. Lauren Dorenkott, Ohio University. 8. Kerri Sheridan, State University
of New York at New Paltz. 9. Katie Beard, West Chester University.
10. Jessica Madden, Georgia Southern University.