Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Joins Forces with DigitalHorseShow.com to Create Unique Online Competition Experience


INTERCOLLEGIATE HORSE SHOWS ASSOCIATION JOINS FORCES WITH DIGITALHORSESHOW.COM TO CREATE UNIQUE ONLINE COMPETITION EXPERIENCE


For Immediate Release

October  30, 2020 – DigitalHorseShow.com is pleased to announce it will host the Inaugural Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Online Hunter Seat and Western Horse Show with entries open on November 2-15, 2020. This unique opportunity is open to current IHSA members and alumni riders throughout the United States and Canada and gives them the chance to compete either alongside or in place of in-person horse shows.

“We are excited to offer this unique online showing experience to our members this semester,” said IHSA Executive Director Peter Cashman. “The IHSA Online Hunter Seat and Western Horse Show will provide our riders with a creative way to enjoy horse sport and continue to keep their competitive edge, while still remaining safe during these uncertain times.”

“We are honored to welcome the IHSA to DigitalHorseShow.com,” said DHS co-founder, USEF-licensed judge, FEI official, and horse show manager Oliver Kennedy. “We have already hosted successful intercollegiate competition with the Intercollegiate Dressage Association, and we are eager to offer this opportunity on a state-of-the-art platform to the IHSA riders as well.”

Riders will have two weeks to upload videos of their test, course, or pattern in their respective division, and once judging is complete, will be able to see their scores and judge’s comments on their ride. 

DigitalHorseShow.com and IHSA will host a live Broadcast and Awards Show in early December (date and time TBA), that will include selected winning rides and winner interviews, a Q&A with judges, and more.

View the Prize List HERE

The Inaugural show will be judged by Kat Mulkey (Hunter Seat), and Rhonda Replogle (Western). The jump courses have been developed by course designer and IHSA Zone 1 Region 5 President Richard Luckhardt, while the Hunter Seat Tests were created by the IHSA Hunter Seat Committee and Eddie Federwisch, IHSA Hunter Seat Committee Chair. Western Patterns have been provided by the IHSA Western Committee and Amanda Ellis, IHSA Western Committee Chair. 

Questions concerning the Prize List should be directed to Kelly Francfort at klfrancfort@gmail.com. Questions or technical issues associated with entries or uploading videos may be directed to support@horseshow.live.

Photo by Nicole Sullivan for IHSA

DHS competitions are run using the basic principles and rules for competition of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), while holding horse welfare of the utmost importance. IHSA riders will also comply with the rules and regulations of their association, set forth in the prize list. To learn more about the rules and regulations for DigitalHorseShow.com, please read the Terms of Service and Competition Rules and Regulations.

DigitalHorseShow.com continues to expand, offering affordable, educational, and top-quality competition for every equestrian discipline. For more information on DigitalHorseShow.com and to sign up, please visit DigitalHorseShow.com.

DigitalHorseShow.com: Horse Sports for the New Normal. Founded in 2020 by a group of industry leaders with experience in video, show management, entry systems, sales, and marketing, DHS offers a place for equestrians to maintain their competitive edge and receive thoughtful feedback for themselves and their horses. Providing participants with the most affordable way to compete in front of USEF-Licensed Officials, DHS is the official sanctioned online horse show competition of the USHJA and also welcomes a variety of opportunities for other facets of the equestrian community.


ABOUT THE IHSA

The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) welcomes men and women of all riding levels and offers individual and team competition in hunter seat equitation, Western horsemanship and reining at more than 400 member colleges and universities. Membership in IHSA means that college students can participate in horse shows regardless of their experience or financial status. Students compete at eight levels from beginner through advanced with suitable, provided horses, eliminating the expense of horse ownership. Founded in 1967 by Bob Cacchione, it is the oldest and largest intercollegiate equestrian organization with 10,000 members in 47 states and Canada. IHSA college and university team participation is represented through a variety of programs including varsity athletics, academic departments and club sports. IHSA offers valuable hands-on experience and professional development in multiple facets of the equine industry. Many IHSA teams participate in service projects, giving back to their communities. Through the IHSA, students enhance their college experience and develop the tools that help to build successful careers.

For more information go to IHSAinc.com or contact media@IHSAinc.com

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