Intercollegiate Dressage Association - IDA

Centenary's IDA competes in region C against other colleges in the tri-state area. The team travels to compete at other schools and hosts shows at the Equestrian Center.

The IDA is a national organization that is divided into regions for the purpose of intercollegiate competition.  At each show individual and team points and ribbons are earned, which count towards regional standings and qualification for national finals. 

The mission of IDA is to introduce students to the equestrian discipline of dressage and to foster continued development, understanding and appreciation in the art of dressage through organized student competitions and educational opportunities.

The IDA is affiliated with the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)

Centenary's team finished fifth in the Inaugural Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Finals in 2001. The team has since qualified for the National Finals every year since, finishing an exciting fourth in 2005.

In April of 2007 Centenary hosted the National Championship competition.

Want to watch this Centenary Equestrian Team at their next competition? Check the schedule here to see where and when the next event is!


Sarah Marchese, Assistant Professor of Equine Studies.

Professor Sarah Marchese holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cook College/Rutgers University. She has been awarded her United States Dressage Federation Bronze and Silver Medals, as well as the ESDCTA Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.

Her philosophy on riding involves students asking why aids are applied and not just applying them because they were asked to.  She would like students to understand the fundamentals of riding and becoming true horseman, not just passengers in the saddle. The IDA gives students a great opportunity to ride a variety of horses at all different levels. It places all of the competitors on a level playing field by riding a horse that is drawn out of a hat the morning of the competition.  Students are allowed 10 minutes to warm their horse up before entering the show ring. 

The IDA gives students a great opportunity to be part of a team environment  in a sport that is typically an individual  sport.



Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 Roster

Kellyn Conklin
Camille Dawson
Melanie Douglas
Sandra Dutine
Katie Ehlers
Candace Human
Beth Jonas
Beth Lawler
Jessica Lynch
Jessica Munro
Krista Schrager
Hannah Wild

Hannah Wild and Kellyn Conklin