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For information please call Head Coach Bob Story at 843-324-3335

The College of Charleston Women's Equestrian Team became the first NCAA Division 1 team in 1991. The Cougars have competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association since 1983. The team is extremely competitive on a national level and is consistently ranked in the top 10 across the country.
The team competes in IHSA Zone 5 Region 3.

The following schools compete in our region: Clemson, Coastal Carolina, C of C, Converse, Furman, Georgia Southern, Lander, Mercer, USC, USC-Aiken, Wesleyan College and Wofford.

A winning reputation and fun go hand in hand!

Tryout information for the College of Charleston Equestrian team

If you are interested in trying out for the College of Charleston Women’s Equestrian Team please read the following information and follow the steps involved.

The College of Charleston Equestrian Team has competed in the IHSA since 1983 and will continue to do so. Even though the IHSA offers both Hunter Seat Equitation and Western Horsemanship, the college team only competes in the Hunter Seat Equitation divisions.

The team rides three days a week. Freshmen are required to attend 6 hours of study hall per week in the student-athlete resource center located in the Carolina First Arena.

We are an NCAA Division 1 team so you will need to register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. There are two sections to this so make sure that you complete both parts. You will also have to request that your school forward your transcript and test scores to the clearinghouse as well. There are no athletic scholarships available to the team, but you could qualify for some of the academic scholarships available through the college.

You will also need to visit the College of Charleston Athletics web site. Click on Sports Medicine and download the “Try-out Forms”. This cannot be done until July 1 following your high school graduation. Please return the completed forms to:    

Michelle Futrell, ATC 
Director of Sports Medicine
College of Charleston
30 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

If you can let Coach Story know which orientation you will be attending he will sign you up for the student-athlete information session held during each orientation. It is helpful if you have your paperwork returned before your orientation.

Please contact Coach Story at storyb@cofc.edu for additional information on the College of Charleston Women’s Equestrian Team.

Bob Story and IHSA founder Bob Cacchione enjoying The University of Miami IHSA horse show.

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) has grown and developed since it was established in 1967 through the prototype competition program Bob Cacchione (with the help of his professor Jack Fritz) started when he was an 18-year-old sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
Today, from its beginning with just two intercollegiate competing colleges, the IHSA is an organization that encompasses 29 Regions in 9 Zones with more than 300 member colleges in 45 states and Canada – representing more than 6500 riders in both Hunter Seat Equitation, Western Horsemanship, and Reining. In 1999 the original organization was dissolved and IHSA Inc was incorporated as a non-profit organization.
 Highly praised for its structure of competition, the IHSA allows riders with various degrees of experience in the hunter and western rider disciplines to compete individually or on a team. Competition plays a role, but student enthusiasm and team spirit are the major objectives. Emphasis is on learning, sportsmanship and fun.
The Association was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows, regardless of their financial status or riding level. The IHSA attempts to eliminate the expenses of students owning horses and allows more students to compete. Students ride horses that are furnished by the host college and chosen by drawing lots. The use of personal tack is not allowed and schooling is not permitted. The theory behind this structure is to equalize variables of the competition and test the horsemanship of the contestants. Classes range from walk/trot for first year students to the Open Division for the more experienced riders.
Full-time undergraduate students of member colleges or alumni who competed in the IHSA as undergraduates are eligible to compete. Riders qualify for the National Championship Horse Show (Nationals) through a point system. During the year, contestants accumulate points at local shows to qualify for the Regional Finals in their respective divisions. The top three riders in each class of the Regional Finals move forward to the Zone Finals. The top two competitors in each class at Zones qualify for Nationals.
Each region’s high point team competes head to head with the other high point teams in its Zone for the right to represent the Zone for National Champion Team honors: winning the  “Collegiate Cup” for the Hunter Seat division and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Trophy in the Western division.
The regional high point riders are eligible for the National Individual Championship. The USEF/Cacchione Cup is awarded to the National Individual Hunter Seat High Point Rider. The AQHA Western Rider winner receives a Textan saddle and a scholarship. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) awards a Morrison Bronze trophy to the winner of the Individual Open Reining Horsemanship class winner.
With broader horizons, the future of the IHSA looks bright. The IHSA has already gained media attention. Publications such as Practical Horseman, Horse & Rider, Equus, Dressage Today, Western Horseman, The Quarter Horse Journal, Chronicle of the Horse, The New York Times, Horses International, Horse Play, Horse Illustrated, and the USEF magazine Horse Show have written stories about the IHSA and the Nationals. IHSA Inc is also on the information superhighway with this web site http://www.ihsainc.com.

The College of Charleston equestrian team finished in 2nd place at the 2014 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships held May 1-4 at the Farm Show Complex, earning the Cougars their third reserve championship in program history and first since 1991.

Year - National Competition Host (CofC finish)
1984 - Bucks County Community College (9th)
1985 - Midway College (3rd)
1986 - University of Virginia (5th)
1987 - Miami University & Purdue (4th)
1988 - St. Andrews Presbyterian (4th)
1989 - Mt. Holyoke (2nd)*
1990 - St. Lawrence University (5th)
1991 - Hollins College (2nd)*
1992 - Morehead State University (6th)
1993 - Lake Erie College (5th)
1994 - Texas A&M (7th)
1996 - California State & Fresno State (7th)
1997 - Mt. Holyoke (7th)
1999 - Cazenovia College (6th)
2000 - Wesleyan College (4th)
2001 - Conyers, Ga. (3rd)
2005 - Findlay, Ohio (7th)
2006 - Harrisburg, Pa. (7th)
2007 - Springfield, Mass. (12th)
2008 - Los Angeles, Calif. (6th)
2009 - Murfreesboro, TN (4th)
2010 - Lexington, KY (8th)
2014 - Harrisburg, PA (2nd)*
2105 - Springfield, MA (5th)

National Individual and Team Winners for CofC Riders
1985 - Michelle Principe - Team Novice Fence
1988 - Ashley Gregorie - Team Walk Trot Canter
1988 - Sarah Tumey - Indiv. Inter. Fences
1990 - Garland Hughes - Team Walk Trot Canter
1991 - Garland Hughes - Team Novice Fences
1992 - Julie Ackerman - Indiv. Walk Trot
1993 - Anna Wells - Team Open Fences
1997 - Melissa Goff - Team Inter. Fences
2001 - Elise Sproul - Indiv. Inter. Flat
2001 - Karen Sproul -  Team Advanced Walk Trot Canter
2005 - Elise Sproul - Alumni Flat
2008 - Caitlin Smith - Team Novice Flat
2008 - Hannah Mayer - Reserve National Champion Cacchione Cup
2009 - Caitlin Smith – Team Intermediate Flat
2010 - McKenzie Armour - Individual Novice Flat
2011 - Mackenzie Russell - Individual Walk Trot Canter
2014 - Victoria Bauer - Team Novice Fences
2014 - Victoria Gonzales - Team Walk-Trot
2015 - Victoria Bauer - Team Intermediate Fences
2015 - Eliza Hay - Cacchione Cup Champion

The College of Charleston Equestrian Team went on a private tour of Calumet Farm in Lexington Kentucky by the farm manager May 2010.

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