Athletes to Compete in Taylor Harris Insurance Services Adult Equitation Championship at the National Horse Show

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Oct. 21, 2020 – Athletes from the IHSA will showcase their equitation in the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) Adult Equitation Championship at the National Horse Show (NHS) in Lexington, Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 24. This is the second year that qualified IHSA members have been invited to participate in the championship. A free livestream sponsored by the Lindsey Maxwell Charitable Foundation will be provided by ClipMyHorse.TV here.

"It's always exciting to see our members compete in a championship," said Peter Cashman, IHSA executive director. "We want to thank the National Horse Show for creating this opportunity for our riders and to IHSA board member Michael Dowling for managing the effort. The IHSA wishes them success and a great experience."


Top (L-R): Nicole Ferrera, Lilly French, Taylor Goodridge, Noah Geslao
Middle (L-R): Meaggan Neisen, Autumn Janesky, Madison Myro, Brady Martino
Bottom (L-R) Jacqueline Lambert, Payton McClintock

The THIS Adult Equitation Championship will test riders over a first-round course designed to test accuracy, track and soft aids. At the completion of round one, 15 riders will be invited into the flat phase to ride at the walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring and may require no-stirrup work, gait extensions and lateral work such as haunches or shoulder in. Performance in the flat phase counts 50% towards riders’ overall scores.

After the flat phase riders will take on the final-round track with the judges looking for a smooth, flowing round showcasing pace and form. The final round can include tests such as counter-canter, trot jumps and halting during the course.

If scoring requires additional testing, up to the top six riders may return to ride a course which may include swapping horses or no stirrup work.

The IHSA congratulates these riders who have qualified to compete in the THIS Adult Equitation Championship:











Madison Myro 2019 THIS Adult Equitation Champion

In 2019, IHSA athlete Madison Myro earned the championship of the Adult Equitation division at the National Horse Show and was a finalist in the THIS Adult Equitation Championship. Photo by Elaine Wessel/Phelps Media Group


Founded in 1883, the National Horse Show is the culmination of the East Coast summer equestrian season. With $716,000 in prize money offered, the National Horse Show has been designated a CSI4*-W event by the FEI. The highly-anticipated $225,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Lexington CSI4* returns this year on Nov. 2, 2019, at 7 p.m. International Open Jumpers will compete for almost half a million dollars in prize money, while the top-rated hunter sections will vie for a total purse of $190,000. For six consecutive years, the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame named the National Horse Show the Horse Show of the Year.
To learn more about the National Horse Show, click here.


The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) welcomes men and women of all riding levels and offers individual and team competition in hunter seat equitation, Western horsemanship and reining at more than 400 member colleges and universities. Membership in IHSA means that college students can participate in horse shows regardless of their experience or financial status. Students compete at eight levels from beginner through advanced with suitable, provided horses, eliminating the expense of horse ownership. Founded in 1967 by Bob Cacchione, it is the oldest and largest intercollegiate equestrian organization with 10,000 members in 47 states and Canada. IHSA college and university team participation is represented through a variety of programs including varsity athletics, academic departments and club sports. IHSA offers valuable hands-on experience and professional development in multiple facets of the equine industry. Many IHSA teams participate in service projects, giving back to their communities. Through the IHSA, students enhance their college experience and develop the tools that help to build successful careers.

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