FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 21, 2012
CONTACT: John Tukey, Director of Equestrian Studies
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3296
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Three Wilson College equestrian students competed at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (ISHA) regional competition held Saturday, March 17, at Briarwood Farm in Readington, N.J.
The students, all members of Wilson’s Hunt Seat riding team, are:
Allie Veach, Class of 2014, of Philadelphia (undeclared major)
Jessica Middleberg, Class of 2014, of Mount Laurel, N.J. (undeclared major)
Christina “C.J.” Giacomini, Class of 2012, of South Bound Brooke, N.J. (equestrian studies and English)
Middleberg won the walk/trot class and will go on to compete in the zone competition to be held April 1 at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown.
Giacomini placed fifth in the intermediate flat class and sixth in the intermediate over-fences class. Veach competed in the advanced walk/trot/canter class but did not place.
The students’ achievement in reaching regionals is quite an accomplishment, according to Dr. John Tukey, Wilson director of equestrian studies. He said unlike the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), where schools compete against others of similar size, ISHA competitions pit riders from institutions of all sizes. Wilson College competes, for example, against institutions such as Penn State.
Hunt seat is an English riding style that includes riding over jumps at higher levels. The ISHA tests riders and horses on the quietness, grace and flow of movement on the flat and over fences relative to the ideal horse for a hunt seat rider. Riders accumulate points in their division to qualify for regionals. The top two riders in each division compete in zone competitions and the top two in each division at zones go on to nationals.
Wilson’s hunt seat team is coached by Gina Hall.
For more information, contact Tukey at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3296, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries.
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