The University of Arizona Equestrian Hunt Seat Team had an exciting and record setting weekend at the IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) regionals held at Hummingbird Nest in Santa Susana, California on March 4. For the first time, three UA riders advanced to the national Zones (semi-finals) hosted by Stanford with two 1st place finishes and one 2nd place finish. The region includes teams from UCLA, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, ASU and others. UA undergraduate students competing on the Hunt Seat Team under the direction of coach and trainer Heather Kidd include:
- Emma Koprowski, Equine Science, School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Arizona Parker, Veterinary Science, ACBS, CALS
- Emily Lorenz, team captain, Sustainable Built Environments, College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture
“After competing for three years to qualify for Regionals, I finally did it along with my teammates Arizona and Emily,” said Koprowski. “We were all so excited to compete at Regionals, for that in and of itself is challenging at a collegiate level, but to walk away with a first place and to have qualified for Zones was a dream come true. None of us ever imagined we would qualify, let alone all three of us. All of the hard work has paid off: the nights spent doing homework on our seven hour drive to California 10 times this year, all the torturously long lessons of 'no stirrup' work to build up our muscles to prepare us for this moment, all the victorious first place rides and the disappointing rides that didn't place. They all built up to this moment.”
On April 8, the IHSA Zones (semi-finals) held at “The Red Barn” at Stanford University went extremely well for the team. They competed against riders who were 1st and 2nd place from regions across the western United States. At this very competitive show, Emily Lorenz placed 4th in Novice over Fences, Arizona Parker placed 7th in the Walk Trot Canter Flat and Emma Koprowski, placed 1st in Novice Flat, meaning she will advance to the Nationals in Lexington, Kentucky on May 4. See the video of her blue-ribbon performance:
Read more on the Equestrian Team Facebook page. See the photo series below for results of the March 4, 2017 competition.
Rider Emma Koprowski riding her draw, Avante, in the Novice Flat class. Competitors are paired with horses in random drawings to keep the focus on horsemanship.
Riders Arizona Parker (left), Emily Lorenz and Emma Koprowski after their big wins at Hummingbird Nest ranch in California on March 4.
At the end of the show, competitors wrote thank you cards to our sponsors for supporting such a fantastic sport. Rider Emma Koprowski is pictured writing a thank you card after winning first place.
Arizona Parker throwing up the Wildcat sign after placing first at Regionals representing the University of Arizona Equestrian Team.