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IHSA provides collegiate riders of all skills the opportunity to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition. It was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her riding ability or financial status.

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Take an inside look at the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association, behind the scenes at the 2012 National Championships, the Collegiate students who participated, the judges, and the people who make the IHSA "Genius." This video is courtesy of Bernie Traurig, and the IHSA.
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Michelle Cook Memorial Trophy to be Retired at 44th IHSA National Championships at KHP

Fairfield, CT (March 2, 2016) The Michelle Cook Memorial trophy, presented to the winner of the Walk/Trot (Collegiate Team) Class at the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championships will be retired this year when the year-end championships return May 5-8 to Lexington and the Alltech Arena of the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP). Before it makes its way back to Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, the trophy will be exhibited on loan as part of the IHSA display at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Wheeler Museum, also at KHP.

Mount Holyoke College Collegiate Cup-winning IHSA coach Carol 'CJ' Law says, “It is so special that we are retiring the trophy in Kentucky. That was the first Nationals she attended and she was from Kentucky. Michelle attended the 1985 Nationals to help her qualifying team members and in 1986 qualified for Nationals as a Walk-Trot (Individual) rider where she placed fourth in the nation.

We first awarded the Michelle Cook Memorial Trophy at Nationals in 1988. Her Mount Holyoke College teammates and alum not only purchased the trophy they fund-raised to fly Michelle's mother to Nationals to have her present the trophy for the first time,” coach Law continued.

When the first memorial trophy filled with names, a new base was put on and when the new base filled, a new trophy was needed. That new trophy in Michelle's memory has been given out the past two years. We wanted to wait to retire the first trophy until the 2016 IHSA Nationals since Michelle was from Kentucky and her mother and brother will be able to attend the ceremony and present the new trophy this year to the Walk-Trot (Collegiate) national champion.”

Mount Holyoke alumni are coming into town to celebrate the retirement of the trophy and to present the new trophy on Friday after the Walk-Trot class,” confirms Megan Taylor, national director for the IHSA Alumni Association. On Thursday evening, May 5, the USHJA will host a Welcome IHSA Reception at their headquarters. Taylor is working with a dedicated team, composed of USHJA representatives, Roseann Thompson (an MHC alum, former IHSA teammate and friend of Cook's) and MHC national championship-winning coach, CJ Law, to coordinate a special presentation about Cook and the trophy during this reception. “Roseann is organizing MHC alumni who will be coming for the ceremony and for the IHSA National Championship Walk-Trot Class on Friday, May 6.”

KHP first hosted IHSA National Championships in 1985 and will host the next two: May 5-8, 2016 and May 4-7, 2017. Sponsorship opportunities with the Nationals and/or IHSA 50th Golden Anniversary events are still available starting at $150. Call toll-free (844)307-4472.

IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional to national levels based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of financial status or riding level. and follow IHSA on Facebook and Instagram.


2016 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships Live Video Streaming to be Provided by EQSportsNet LLC


Fairfield, CT (March 21, 2016) – Live video streaming promises to bring all the action and celebration of the 44th Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships, May 5-8 at the Alltech Arena of Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park, into dorm rooms, living rooms and tack rooms worldwide. IHSA Nationals manager, Bill Yeager, of Partridge Run LLC, confirms free multi-camera live video streaming will be provided by EQSportsNet LLC of Kentucky and on-demand viewing after the event will also be available by subscription.

How will it work? Kathy Meyer with EQSportsNet says, “We find the most efficient way to direct viewers is to put a WATCH LIVE button on the event website ( then each viewer will set up a Free Access account to watch all live coverage. Once they have subscribed to Free Access all they need to do is log-in to view any live coverage on EQSports.Net.”

The ability to watch live coverage will be available to anyone who has subscribed to for a Free Access pass.

Once the IHSA Nationals have concluded, the archived footage will remain available. Meyer says, “All EQSportsNet content (currently over 11,000 videos and full program archives) are available to any individual who subscribes for a Full Access Pass, which costs $25 a month. This is a recurring subscription which can be cancelled at any time after the first month. So long as a subscription is active a viewer has full access to all On Demand Content, including from the IHSA Nationals.”

The IHSA National Championships host over 400 of the nation's top riders and 25 best teams for four days of free public admission to national college competition for hunt seat, over fences, western horsemanship and reining titles including the USEF/IHSA Cacchione Cup, Collegiate Cup Hunter Seat Team, AQHA High Point Western Team and NRHA Open Rider. Learn more at and


IHSA Coaches Lori Cramer, James 'JT' Tallon to Receive
Special Recognition at 2016 IHSA Nationals in Kentucky
Fairfield, CT (April 1, 2016) – Two great Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) equestrian team coaches will be recognized for their service and contributions to college riding and the horse industry on Saturday during the 44th IHSA National Championships, May 5-8, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington: the late James T. 'JT' Tallon (Southern Seminary, Randolph Colleges) and Lori Cramer (Miami University of Ohio).
JT Tallon is remembered as a pioneer in the development of college riding in Virginia, spending two decades coaching at Randolph-Macon Women's College before retiring in 2011, and after nearly a decade coaching Southern Seminary (for Women) became the winningest hunt seat coach in its IHSA history. IHSA executive director Bob Cacchione has pledged a Zone 4 scholarship in the name of the former equestrian director, who will be remembered for coaching perhaps the most successful IHSA team of all time – Southern Seminary for Women in Buena Vista, VA, first as assistant to Russ Walther and later as head coach, taking 'Sem' to eight IHSA National Champion team titles in the 1980’s, a streak that remains unmatched to this day. Tallon was a true fixture of the Virginia and college horse industries as a coach, trainer, course designer and judge. “Hunter courses are like Muzak in an elevator,” the posthumous recipient of the 2016 IHSA Pioneer Award once said. “You know it’s there but it should never call attention to itself.”
Cramer will become the 23rd recipient of the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award, presented since 1993 to recognize the longstanding commitment of its coaches. Cramer is an IHSA alum of the University of Findlay who went on to coach Findlay to the IHSA Collegiate Cup team national title in 2001. Originally from New Jersey, she graduated from University of Findlay with an undergraduate degree in Business and Equine Studies and Master's in Business Administration and later became director of English Equestrian Studies there, coaching the University of Findlay team during her four years there to the national title and two reserve national titles, as well as never finishing out of the Top Five. She coached the Ohio State IHSA hunt seat team to first in their Region and a rally at Zones; and served (for the first six years of her tenure) as head coach for the Miami Equestrian Team before currently serving as adviser to its coaches in addition to heading renovations and building projects at the stables. She is an IHSA Zone 6 Chair, sits on the USHJA Board of Directors and in December was recognized with the USHJA Presidents Distinguished Service Award.
IHSA promotes competition for riders of all skill levels, who compete individually and as teams at regional to national levels based on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of financial status or riding level. Visit for complete results and coverage of the IHSA National Championships and follow IHSA on Facebook and Instagram.




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