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Wilson College Student to Compete in National Dressage Championships

Posted: April 26, 2011

4/26/2011 Wilson College sophomore Elizabeth Hart has qualified to compete in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championships this weekend in Newberry, Florida.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 26, 2011
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178
Email: cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College sophomore Elizabeth Hart has qualified to compete in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championships this weekend in Newberry, Florida.

The Intercollegiate Dressage Associate National Championships is a competition for riders from all over the country. It consists of teams and individual riders that have qualified within their regions.

This is the first time a Wilson student has qualified for the national championships, according to Dr. John Tukey, Wilson director of equestrian studies.

“This is a very significant achievement and honor,” said Tukey.

Hart, who is majoring in equestrian studies, is the daughter of Douglas and Anne Hart from Jarrettsville, Md. This is her first year as a member of the Wilson College Dressage Team.

The championships will be held Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, at the Canterbury Equestrian Showplace.

The show consists of four different divisions: first level, upper training, lower training and introductory level. Each rider will be assigned a horse at random and then must rapidly decipher how it was trained and how to enhance the quality of the horse’s movement over the ground.

Hart will be judged on how subtly she communicates with the horse, the precision of the compulsory test, the power and fluidity of movement, and cooperation between her and her horse as a pair.

Hart began riding nine years ago at summer camp and liked it so much, she started taking lessons. She bought her own horse, a seven-year-old Arabian-cross mare named Kestrel, in 2007 and brought Kestrel with her to Wilson.

“I feel like (riding) gives me a purpose because it gives me something to work toward and I always want to improve,” said Hart, 20. “I feel like I’m challenging myself all the time and when I get something right, it feels great.”

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