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Centenary College Wins IHSA National Championship

05/13/2014, 11:25 AM

Hackettstown, N.J.– For the third time in five years, Centenary College became the IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) Hunter Seat National Champion, receiving the Collegiate Cup at Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa. 

The Centenary team, coached by Heather Clark and Michael Dowling, finished the competition with a 7-point lead over the College of Charleston (S.C.).  Our National team riders were Katie Haley (Erie, N.Y.), Cody Wooten (Eidersburg, M.D.), Caroline Norton (Lanesbrough, Mass.), John Ronan Buckley (San Mateo, Calif.) and Brandon Tammone (Lindenhurst, N.Y.).  Centenary College was in the lead at the end of the first day and maintained that position throughout the competition clinching the Collegiate Cup.

In addition, Centenary senior Haley finished in third place in the 2014 USEF/Cacchione Cup standings, as the event’s third-highest ranking rider.  The USEF/Cacchione Cup is sponsored by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Centenary alumna and Equine Center Administrator Natasha Klingenstein placed second in the Alumni Over Fences class and third-year student Deanna Zajic (Pine Bush, N.Y.) won the Notice Equitation Over Fences class.  Another Centenary rider, Tyler Linde (Kingston, Pa.), placed fifth in the Intermediate Equitation Over Fences class.

“We are so proud of our IHSA team, the captains and the coaches; as well as all of our other teams, their coaches, and our students, staff and faculty,” says Timothy Cleary, Associate Professor of Equine Studies and Chair of the Equine Department.  “After all, it takes a village.  Everyone from the Centenary College Equine Department contributes to the victory of our IHSA team.”

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association has grown since it was established in 1967 through the prototype competition program Bob Cacchione started when he was an 18-year-old sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, with the help of professor and former Centenary Trustee Jack Fritz. 

Cacchione was honored at Centenary College with an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters at the College’s 136th Spring Commencement on May 14, 2011.  He has appeared at many IHSA competitions and events held at the Equestrian Center at Centenary, most recently speaking at the second annual “Building on Equine Excellence” event in 2012.
Today, from its beginning with just two competing colleges, the IHSA is an organization that encompasses over 400 member colleges in 45 states and Canada – representing more than 9,000 riders in Hunter Seat Equitation, Western Horsemanship and Reining.

Highly praised for its structure of competition, the IHSA allows riders with various degrees of experience in the Hunter and Western rider disciplines to compete individually or on a team. Emphasis is on learning, sportsmanship and fun.

Since 1984, Centenary has awarded associate of science and bachelor of science degrees in Equine Studies. It is the only four-year institution in New Jersey that grants such degrees, allowing students with a love of horses to transform their interests and talents into solid career opportunities.

Today, the College’s Equine Studies graduates are highly sought after as industry professionals, including competitive riding coaches, trainers, instructors, breeders, therapeutic riding and dressage specialists, barn managers, veterinarians and communications specialists.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) program offers accelerated degree completion programs in Parsippany, with an additional facility in Iselin, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.