West Texas A&M University wins the national western title at the IHSA national finals
West Texas A&M University won the team western national championship May 5 at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championship in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Three teams pushed hard for the championship before WT’s final victory.
“This has been a great group of girls all year,” said WT head coach Amanda Love. “It’s been an absolutely successful year of building relationships. That’s what we really focus on, is making sure we have a team atmosphere that encourages success for everyone. We have a team of 35 girls, both hunt seat and western, and every single week, we are an athletic team, so they push themselves to become the best team out there.”
In IHSA competition, riders compete on six different levels in western competition, depending on their experience, ranging from beginner walk-trot to open reining. Riders draw for horses, and they have no warm-up time.
At the beginning of the day, West Texas A&M University and St. Andrews University were tied for first, with the University of Findlay just four points behind. Teams are awarded points for their riders’ placings through sixth.