Stanford Equestrian Qualifies for National Finals
Written by CRM
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 19:13

A Record Number of Athletes Nationals Bound!

Heading into the IHSA Hunt Seat Zone Finals this weekend, the Cardinal had already secured a spot in the IDA Dressage National Finals for the second year in a row! The Hunt Seat team was eager to join their Dressage teammates, Abby Fleischli, Holly Francis, Alexa Corse, and Lucy Brewer in their post season adventures. (Not to mention our Western Team who wrapped up with season with a Champion Team win at the last regular season show and an overall 3rd place team finish.)

On Saturday, with nearly 100 of the top collegiate equestrians hailing from 25 teams and two countries, Stanford hosted the Zone Finals with Karen Healey judging. The competition consists of a battle between the top four teams from the west coast: Stanford, USC, Nebraska, and Oregon, as well as the top eight individual athletes in each division. The top two teams and riders move on to the National Finals.

Not only did Stanford win our 14th straight Zone Championship, preserving the longest active winning streak at the Zone Finals in the country, but the Cardinal also qualified 11 Hunt Seat athletes for the National Finals, a feat only accomplished once before, in 2011. In addition, with our four Dressage athletes already qualified, our total of 15 athletes competing at Nationals breaks our record 14 athletes set in 2008 when Stanford sent a Hunt Seat and Western Team to the IHSA National Finals held in Los Angeles. To read more about it, see below.

Overall it has been a wonderful year! With the addition of Katie Steiner to our coaching staff, Katie qualified our High School Team for the IEA National Finals in her first year at the helm (no easy feat where only one of the top twelve teams from California make it on). Our riders from our Woodside and Red Barn teams are an integral part of the barn family, along with our AEL teams, Stanford Riding Academy Programs, and very popular Physical Education classes.

We have seen some of our super horses retire this year, with the addition of some wonderful new mounts. You can read about them below. 

Going forward, we hope to see some of you at our Red Barn Picnic, Sunday May 12! What a better way to celebrate Mother’s Day with a post-brunch picnic at the barn!

In addition, given all the successes of the program, we are undertaking fundraising efforts to make the post season accessible to all student athletes. If you are able to help support the program, please let me know or see below on how to give!

Thanks for supporting Stanford and we hope to see some of you on April 25-28 at Lake Erie College in Mentor, OH for the IDA Finals or in Harrisburg, PA for the IEA Nationals Finals, as well as in Syracuse, NY on May 2-5 for the IHSA Finals!

Go Cardinal!
Executive Director/Head Coach Equestrian
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Press release provided by Stanford Equestrian Team.