Becker Hosts Horse Show at Paxton Equestrian Center

Published on Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Becker College is pleased to announce that it will host the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone I, Region III “Kick-Off” competition on October 6, 2007. It will be the first IHSA event hosted at a Becker College facility since the College entered the equestrian sport more than 20 years ago.

More than 150 riders from 12 colleges are expected to compete in the event, which will be held at the outdoor arena of the Becker Equestrian Center in Paxton, Mass., located ten minutes from the college’s campus in Leicester, Mass. Among those expected to be in attendance are IHSA Executive Director Robert Cacchione; Steve Maxwell, editor-in-chief of the Campus Equestrian website; and hundreds of spectators.

This announcement follows on the heels of a record-breaking year for the Becker Hawk equestrians, who earned several honors at the May 2007 IHSA National Championship show in West Springfield, Mass. Freshman pre-veterinary student Carolyn Kane of Lenox, Mass., who had qualified for the National Championships while earning 13 ribbons and 50 points for her team, placed sixth in the walk-trot division. It was the first time in more than 15 years that a Becker College rider competed in the IHSA nationals. 

In another first, Oreo and Rollin-Along, two horses housed at the Becker Equestrian Center, were selected as two of the 150 horses to be ridden at the IHSA show. And Ed Paro, head coach and manager of the Becker Equestrian Center, was honored with the annual IHSA Coach Sportsmanship Award. This annual award is given by IHSA members, riders, coaches and staff in recognition of outstanding sportsmanship and accomplishment. Finishing the season in third place, with 225 points, the Becker College team enjoyed the highest score and showing in team history.

Becker Colleges provides a variety of options for students interested in pursuing equine studies.  In a program designed to give students the opportunity to increase their knowledge of horses while developing marketable skills, students can choose from three areas of concentration: riding instruction, facilities management, and basic science. A business degree program in equine management is also available.

To support its new equine studies major, the College has significantly upgraded the facilities at the Equestrian Center to include a 150′x70′ indoor riding arena, a 150′x350′ outdoor riding arena, a 70′-diameter training pen, and 40 acres of wood-fenced turnout. Currently, more than 30 Becker riders compete in IHSA Zone I, Region III shows.