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2011 Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riding Association (ISSRA) Championship Horse Show

Release: April 26 2011

Author: Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riding Association

University of Kentucky Saddle Seat Team, 2011 ISSRA Champions. Photo by Tim Holahan.

University of Kentucky Saddle Seat Team, 2011 ISSRA Champions. Photo by Tim Holahan.

Morehead, KY - The Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riding Association (ISSRA) hosted its 3rd National Championship Horse Show on April 3, 2011 at Morehead State University. Josie Forbes from Nicholasville, Kentucky served as the judge for the show. Riders from teams including Eastern Kentucky University, Transylvania University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Morehead State University competed in the Championship Horse Show.

The ISSRA congratulates the University of Kentucky Saddle Seat Team for winning the 2011 Championship Team award. The 2011 Reserve Champion Team was the University of Louisville. Prizes including leather halters and lead shanks, grooming and horse supplies for the Champion and Reserve Champion Teams were awarded through a generous gift from the United States Equestrian Federation.

Mackenzie Huskamp, from the University of Louisville, was the High Point Senior Rider and Aimee Griggs, from the University of Kentucky, was the High Point Junior Rider. Both the High Point Junior and Senior Riders were presented with Barnsby saddles donated by World Champion Horse Equipment. Stephanie Davisson, from the University of Kentucky, was the Reserve High Point Senior Rider. Kelly Ruhl, from the University of Kentucky, won the Reserve High Point Junior Rider award. The Reserve High Point Riders in the Junior and Senior divisions won show gloves and riding jodhpurs donated by the United States Equestrian Federation and a custom show shirt donated by Becker Brothers.

Individual class sponsors included Independent Equine Agents (Louisville, Kentucky), Commotion Consignment Riding Apparel (Lexington, Kentucky), American Saddlebred Horse Association (Lexington, Kentucky), Merlin Farm (Versailles, Kentucky) and the ISSRA (Versailles, Kentucky). The winners in each class were presented with a gift certificate for riding apparel.

The winners from each class have been listed below:

Open Saddle Seat Equitation-Stephanie Davisson (University of Kentucky)

Open Limit Saddle Seat Equitation-Jenny McGowan (Eastern Kentucky University)

Alumni Saddle Seat Equitation-Millie Pyles (University of Kentucky)

Novice Saddle Seat Equitation-Anne Harrell (University of Louisville)

Open Saddle Seat Equitation Pattern-Stephanie Davisson (University of Kentucky)

Novice Saddle Seat Equitation Pattern-Kelly Krawiec (University of Louisville)

Advanced Saddle Seat Equitation-Mackenzie Huskamp (University of Louisville)

Walk-Trot Saddle Seat Equitation-Kelli Franklin (Eastern Kentucky University)

Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter Saddle Seat Equitation-Kelly Ruhl (University of Kentucky)

Advanced Saddle Seat Equitation Pattern-Mackenzie Huskamp (University of Louisville)

Beginner Walk-Trot Saddle Seat Equitation Pattern-Aimee Griggs (University of Kentucky)

The ISSRA, an affiliate of the USEF, was formed in 2008 in Lexington, Kentucky by Dr. Sally Haydon. This growing organization provides college students with an opportunity to continue riding saddle seat throughout college (or learn to ride saddle seat) by showing the American Saddlebred, Morgan, Arabian, National Show Horse and other trotting breeds of horses traditionally shown in saddle seat classes, without the college or the student having to own a horse. ISSRA members and teams participate in saddle seat riding lessons at their university or at a local stable approved by the ISSRA and show horses provided by the riding school and college team hosting the ISSRA horse show. Beginners with little or no horse experience through advanced riders who have won World or National Championships are eligible to join and participate in ISSRA. Any undergraduate or graduate student with at a minimum of a 2.2 cumulative GPA enrolled full-time in a college or university is eligible to join the ISSRA as an individual member. Colleges or universities may form a saddle seat team. More information about the Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riding Association can be found at or on the USEF website.

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