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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.