For Immediate Release
December 30, 2020 – DigitalHorseShow.com (DHS) hosted its second successful Intercollegiate Dressage Association’s (IDA) Digital Show, which concluded on Saturday, December 19, after over 50 riders from nine different colleges and universities submitted videos to compete against one another in the final show of the fall semester.
The DHS team has worked tirelessly with the IDA team, adapting their state-of-the-art software to perfectly suit the needs of the dressage competitions. “Working with DHS has been a comfort,” admitted IDA National Secretary and Digital Co-Show Manager Leslie Hoover. “We wanted to offer our members a sophisticated and easy-to-use product for digital shows, and DHS has provided that. They have been receptive and have helped to make each show better than the last. I can’t imagine working with any other team!”
The show, which opened to entries on November 1, allowed riders to submit videos at their respective level (First, Upper Training, Lower Training, and Intro Level) on the DHS platform to be judged by USDF “R” Judge Joni Abney. “I think that these shows are a great learning experience for everyone, as they can go back and see the comments, the scores, and how those coincide with the rides,” explained Abney. “I think a Digital Horse Show is a great idea, and I think all of the riders did a good job based on the levels they were competing at in this show.”
Generous sponsors provided prizes for High Point and Reserve High Point Riders, as well as all class winners, which added yet another layer of enthusiasm to the competition. Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supply awarded the High Point Rider with a gift card and embroidered backpack, Platinum Performance donated a gift card for a 10lb bucket of Platinum Performance Equine to the Reserve High Point Rider, Sew You Custom Gifts awarded all class winners AND the High Point Rider and Reserve High Point Rider with custom IDA Digital decals, and C4 Belts graciously provided all class winners with custom IDA belts.
These digital shows have replaced the entire 2020-21 competition season for the IDA, with a full three-show series in the works for the spring semester. All of the participating riders and teams have been supportive of the initiative, and many schools are planning to move ahead with the spring series that is already a staple on their show calendar.
“In the first digital dressage show that we did, I rode the same horse that I did this time around,” said High Point Rider Lindsay Shaw, who is a freshman at Emory & Henry College this year. “We really improved with this second show. Being able to compete at a collegiate level like this is really important to me, and these shows are so great for us to set a goal and work toward something. I know that my team is really grateful for these digital horse shows, as am I.”
The IDA Digital Dressage Shows, powered by DigitalHorseShow.com, will resume in the spring, with full competition schedules and prize lists to be released after the new year.
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Results for the IDA Digital Dressage Fall II Show powered by DigitalHorseShow.com:
1st Place: Lindsay Shaw, Emory & Henry College, 73.14% *High Point Rider
2nd Place: Elizaveta Anikeeva, Averett University, 68.29%
3rd Place: Emily Esposito, Emory & Henry College, 68.29%
4th Place: Elizabeth Kness, Rutgers University, 64.57%
5th Place: Natalie Krawec, Centenary University, 64.29%
6th Place: Michelle Davis, Cazenovia College, 63.29%
Upper Training Level- Large Arena
1st Place: Anne Morgan, Averett University, 66.90%
2nd Place: Delaney Dunne, Emory & Henry College, 65.93%
3rd Place: Taylor Morefield, North Carolina State University, 64.31%
4th Place: Sadie Strickland, Averett University, 60.34%
5th Place: Michaela Coates, North Carolina State University, 59.14%
6th Place: Sydney Fryman, Averett University, 58.79%
Upper Training Level- Small Arena
1st Place: Audrey Mecklenburg, Wesleyan College, 57.93%
2nd Place: Clara Haworth, University of Guelph, 54.83%
Lower Training Level
1st Place: Sofia Inchausti, Emory & Henry College, 69.81%
2nd Place: Payton Lawrence, Centenary University, 65.58%
3rd Place: Natalie Chazal, North Carolina State University, 63.65%
4th Place: Kaitlyn Meredith, Emory & Henry College, 62.50%
5th Place: Sophia Metcalk, North Carolina State University, 61.73%
6th Place: Makalyn Williams, Emory & Henry College, 59.23%
1st Place: Sarah Florentine, Rutgers University, 70.31% *Reserve High Point Rider
2nd Place: Emily Powell, North Carolina State University, 66.88%
3rd Place: Kristin Young, North Carolina State University, 60.94%
4th Place: Taylor O’Neil, University of Guelph, 60.31%
5th Place: Sara Tromba, Averett University, 60.00%
6th Place: Samantha Fagan, Averett University, 59.06%