IHSA Western Coaches, Riders, Alum Make Their Mark at 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress
Fairfield, CT (October 18, 2013) University of Findlay (Ohio) Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) western team coach Clark Bradley has been just one of a strong IHSA contingent at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio in October who demonstrated that intercollegiate talent gives “no quarter” in competition.
Bradley rode Strawberry Whiz to the Congress Ranch Horse Pleasure reserve championship title, finished seventh in the Prime Time Three Year-Old Reining Futurity with Banjo Bonita, and ninth in Intermediate Open Reining and fifth in Prime Time Open Reining on Berry Whiz. Clark has shown at every Quarter Horse Congress since the beginning!
University of Findlay (UF) IHSA western rider Heather Turner scored 139 to narrowly miss the top 15 in NCHA $10,000 Limited Novice Non-Pro Cutting. “I was extremely lucky to have the opportunity thanks to Dr. Howard Weir who owns the horse I showed, Big Stylin Cat, and Art O’Brien who gave me the chance to ride an extremely talented horse,” shared Heather. “I found how important it is to have a support system and I had the whole Findlay barn standing behind me and cheering me on every step of the way. I made great connections at the congress and was able to learn a lot about myself as a horseman.”
Also bringing IHSA into the Congress spotlight were alumni riders such as Natalie Norval Panco, who won the Rookie Reining with Einsteinsinspiration: “I rode IHSA for Ohio State University in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, I was on the AQHA High Point Western Team at IHSA Nationals and in 2007 was the Individual Novice Horsemanship champion. It was while on the Ohio State team that I was introduced to reining.” Her coach at Congress was another OSU IHSA alum, Keith Ceddia.
IHSA alum Katie Morehead, 24, graduated in 2011 from The University of Findlay and was a four-year varsity Open rider for horsemanship and reining.
“As a senior in high school I joined Dare Equestrian team in Hilliard, Ohio, and started at Findlay in 2008, where I was IHSA Regional High Point Rider all four years.” Morehead, who was high point rider in the nation as a freshman, also tied for high point rider in her sophomore year, winning the IHSA Individual Open Horsemanship title and sitting on Findlay’s IHSA National Champion team. Her accomplishments rewrote UF Athletics history, becoming the first equestrienne ever to earn University of Findlay’s Female Athlete of the Year title.
Since graduating,she has been coaching a high school — KM Equestrian – team and is IHSA coach for the 23-rider Bowling Green State University team.
“My mom is coach at UF and BG happens to be in the same region,” grins Morehead. In addition to continuing the family’s IHSA legacy, she is a Congress veteran with multiple Top Tens and three reserve titles in horsemanship and reining to her credit. “This year I helped a Small Fry division rider compete. She placed ninth in showmanship and had a great ride.”
Another Findlay IHSA alum, Nick Baar, rode Mag Light, owned by Drs. Susan and William Smith, to reserve in Intermediate Open Reining at this year’s Congress. Baar’s wife and UF alum, Lindsay Peterson Baar, was reserve champion in NRHA Non-Pro Reining.
Brett Walters, 1979 UF Western Equestrian Studies Wall of Famer and graduate under program founder, Dale Wilkinson, placed 14th in Senior Reining, 10th in Novice Horse Open, and tied for third and fourth in Prime Time Open Reining. Brett will also part of the Ride-a-Reiner program presented by IHSA partners, NRHA, at Congress.
2004 UF English Equestrian Studies graduate, Cathy Calendine Brant, wife of Western Equestrian graduate, Brandon Brant, was reserve champion in Limited Non-Pro Reining with a score of 215.
Concurrent with October’s All American Quarter Horse Congress has been the start of the 2013-2014 IHSA collegiate competition season, which will begin to see riders emerge as qualifiers for IHSA Regional Championships in early 2014, the first leg towards qualifying for America’s oldest collegiate competition, the 41st IHSA National Championships, May 1-4 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.
Editors note: Best of luck to the rest of the IHSA members, past and present, who will be showing at Congress and in the 2013-2014 Show Season! We’re looking forward to hearing about your successes.
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