Our daughter Katelynn, is almost finished with her first semester as a Freshman at Averett University in the Equestrian Studies Program. She was accepted to the Averett – Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Team and began her career in the show arena.
A little background on how the IHSA works at shows. There are several classes between Walk-Trot and Open Fences, in the Hunter Seat events, and the coaches determine what class each rider has the ability to ride in. When that class comes up in the show schedule, the riders line up by height and blind draw a horse that has been selected for the class, depending on the horse’s abilities. The horses are provided by several of the schools participating in the show, so there is a really good chance, the rider has never been on that horse, let alone practiced riding that horse.
At the first show of the season, which was hosted by Averett University, Katelynn had to ride in front of the Stewards (all of the coaches from the teams at that particular show), and was accepted to compete in the IHSA Walk-Trot class.
In her second show at High Point University, she took 4th Place in the Walk-Trot class on day one, and 5th Place in the Walk-Trot class on day two. She just happened to get the same pony both days.
The team did very well overall at the High Point Show.
Katelynn only participated in two of four shows this semester, but you can keep up with her progress during the Spring Semester by checking out our blog. Join our email list and get updates when the website and blog are updated.