CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 27, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University’s equestrian team competed in their last regular season show March 24.
The team finished sixth out of 10 teams in the Region.
“We finished the season up strongly, and had a lot of fun,” said Kristie Miller, vice president of the equestrian team. “We finished sixth overall out of 10 teams in our Region, which is very impressive for our small, and new team.”
Three Southeast riders qualified for Regional competition, the first stage in post season competition, on March 25. Kellie Constantin placed second in Walk/Trot, Alex Wolf placed fourth in Walk/Trot/Canter and Kristie Miller placed second in the Walk/Trot/Canter. Constantin and Miller will compete in Marion, Ind., in the Zone 7 Finals on April 1. If Constantin and Miller place first or second, they will move on to compete at the 2012 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Nationals at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh, N. C.
The regional competition followed the team’s first ever ISHA home meet March 10-11 at Cape Fox Run Stables.
“Our first home show went great,” Miller said. “The other teams and coaches were so impressed with our organization, horses and facilities that they would like us to not only host one show next year, but two.”
Seven teams competed at Southeast’s ISHA Meet. Southeast’s Constantin and Katie Amrhein were among 70 riders and moved up from Beginning Walk/Trot/Canter to Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter.
ISHA post season competitions consist of five different levels, with three of those levels having fences classes along with flat classes. Riders are placed in a class initially based on their skill level and can then move up to the next class by earning points in regular season competition. At IHSA shows, a first place rider receives seven points, a second place rider receives five points, and a third place receives four points. When a rider reaches a total of 36 points in the class they are competing in, they “point up” to the next class, and qualify for Regionals in the class from which they pointed out. Riders can also come back to compete as an alumni rider in the same way, Miller said.
At Regionals, riders who have pointed up in a class compete against each other. Southeast competes against 10 colleges in the region, Miller said. Riders who place first and second in each class move on to compete in Zones against the top two riders in each class from the four other regions in the Zone. Southeast, along with approximately 60 colleges, competes in Zone 7, which includes North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
The riders who place first and second in each class at Zones then move on to compete as an individual at Nationals. There are 6,393 riders who compete in Hunt Seat in the IHSA. The top 16 riders in each class compete against each other at Nationals. At Nationals, the first place rider in each class leaves with a new Collegiate Saddle, she said.
During the season, riders also earn points for the team. The team that has the most points in the region travels to Zones to compete against the top team from the other four regions in the Zone. The two teams with the most points at the end of the day compete at Nationals. Sixteen teams from across the country will advance to Nationals, Miller said.