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2013-2014 Season Results

​Date ​Saturday's Show ​Sunday's Show
​October 26-27, 2013
@ UF 9:00 AM
High Point Team
The University of Findlay
High Point Rider
Bethany Ockwell
​​High Point Team
The University of Findlay
​November 23-24, 2013
@ Lake Erie College 9:00AM
​​​​High Point Team
The University of Findlay
High Point Rider
Melissa McDonald
Reserve High Point Rider
Brittany Veninger​
High Point Team
The University of Findlay
High Point Rider
Bethany Ockwell​
Reserve High Point Rider
Katie Pohlman​
​February 8-9, 2014
@ UF 9:00 AM
Reserve High Point Rider
Grace Meagher
​March 1-2, 2014
@ Lake Erie College 9:00AM
High Point Team
The University of Findlay
Reserve High Point Rider
Katie Pohlman​
​March 15, 2014
@ UF 1:00 PM
Regional Qualifier Show
Top 2 in each class go to Zones​
​April 5, 2014
@ Lake Erie College 9:00AM
Zone 6 Qualifier Show

High Point Team

The University of Findlay

May 1-4, 2014
@ Harrisburg, PA​
National Championship


IHSA Hunt seat Zone 6 Qualifier SHOW - 

SATURDAY April 5, 2014


Collegiate Cup ​Individual
Open Equitation over Fences

2nd Brittany Veninger

Int. Equitation over Fences

2nd Lauren Martin

​​Int. Equitation over Fences

5th Kelsy Maguire

Novice Equitation over Fences

3rd Dakota Quelland

Novice Equitation over Fences

2nd Katie Pohlman

3rd Christina Brantner

Open Equitation on the Flat

2nd Madison Eichstadt

​Open Equitation on the Flat

10th Emily Gill

Int. Equitation on the Flat

1st Melissa McDonald

Int. Equitation on the Flat

5th Lexi Hulen

7th Bethany Ockwell

Novice Equitation on the Flat

1st Grace Meagher

​Novice Equitation on the Flat

2nd Katie Pohlman

Walk Trot Canter Equitation

3rd Light Schultz

Walk Trot Canter Equitation

4th Karolina Tovpenec

Walk Trot Equitation
1st Celina Ortiz

​​Walk Trot Equitation
1st Jasmine Wehr

The University of Findlay's English Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team has become one of the top equestrian teams in the country. They captured the 2001 IHSA National Championship and followed it up with the 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010 Reserve National Championship titles.  The coaches, instructors and staff are dedicated and proud of our intense equestrian programs that help develop the most accomplished intercollegiate riders.

IHSA is unique in that students do not bring their own horses to the competition. Instead, the host college provides all horses. The riders then participate in a "draw" to determine their mounts. Once assigned, the rider will mount his/her horse, adjust his/her stirrups and enter the show ring. Riders are judged on hunt seat equitation over fences and/or on the flat. 

     It is not necessary to be an equestrian studies major to participate on the team. Many riders attend the University for a variety of other degrees and compete on the team. 

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     In addition to regional, zone and national championships, we have approximately seven regional qualifying shows per year. We encourage all members and parents to travel with us. 

     We have a wonderful parent and alumni support group. As a member of The University of Findlay's IHSA team, students learn teamwork, time management and how to be successful riders who produce winning rides. Although the IHSA requires an ample amount of hard work and commitment, the rewards are great and many.


A saddle, girth, saddle pads and bridle will be necessary for practice.  


The University of Findlay covers all varsity team travel and showing expenses. In  accordance with IHSA rules, all varsity team members must be at least a Collegiate member of the USHJA.


Team tryouts will be held during the first couple of weeks in September. You will need your show clothes and an ASTM approved helmet. You will try out on one of The University of Findlay's school horses. 


IHSA team members are all required to volunteer one weekend, working at Cedar Point Amusement Park   This is a great opportunity for the team members to get to know each other away from the farm and to work together as a team. 

Visit the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association​ (IHSA) website for more information.

IHSA Hunt Seat Team Coaches

Head Coach:   Russ Walther - walther@findlay.edu

Asst. Coach:    Sue King - kings3@findlay.edu

2013 IHSA Nationals Results


​IHSA English National Team 2013

9th place

Individual Novice Equitation Over Fences 

Katie Pohlman, 6th place

Individual Open Equitation on the Flat 

Christin Kausrud, 10th place

Team Intermediate Equitation Over Fences

Bethany Ockwell, 5th place

Individual Intermediate Equitation on the Flat 

Bethany Ockwell, 6th place

Individual Novice Equitation on the Flat 

Melissa McDonald, 7th place​