The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Lifetime Achievement Award began in 1993 to honor members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, commitment, and exemplary service to the association.


Carla Wennberg and Connor Smith

Carla Wennberg with her St. Andrews University student Connor Smith, 2018 AQHA High Point  Western Rider at the IHSA National Championship Horse Show. Photo by EQ Media


This year’s IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Carla Wennberg, meets the criteria with her life’s work, positive outlook and dedication to her students.

“Carla has given tirelessly to the organization and we are proud to present her with this award,” said Bob Cacchione, executive director and founder of the IHSA. “As the IHSA celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Western divisions and its relationship with the AQHA, it is fitting that Wennberg is recognized for her service. The IHSA is proud to have such an outstanding person on the board.”

Coach of the St. Andrews University IHSA team, Wennberg has worked tirelessly to coach the next generation of top equestrians. In addition to coaching, she is also a longtime AQHA and NRHA judge, served as an FEI Reining Steward and is the former Director of Reining for the United States Equestrian Team.


2018Megan Taylor
2017Peggy McElveen
2016Lori Cramer
2015Patte Zumbrun
2014Eddie Federwisch
2013Sally Batton
2012Mary Drueding
2011Cindy Ford
2010Peter Cashman
2009Teresa McDonald
2008Jon Conyers
2007Nancy Peterson
2006Janice Callahan
2005Jim Arrigon
2004Olie Griffith
2003Anne Brzezicki
2002Jerry Steinmetz
2000Sue Payne
1999Naomi Blumenthal
1998CJ Law
1997Jane Flynn
1996Claiborne and Tom Bishop
1995Bob Cacchione
1994George Lukemire
1993Joan Johnson

IHSA Pioneer Award

The Pioneer award serves to recognize those who have been instrumental in the development of college riding programs and intercollegiate riding opportunities. 

Pioneer Award Recipients

2016JT Tallon
2012Peggy McElveen
2011Carole Gerrity
2006Dee Jones
2004Jon Conyers