Record Year for Becker Equestrians, Honored at Nationals
Freshman pre-veterinary student Carolyn Kane, of Lenox, Mass., placed 6th in the walk-trot division at the recent Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championship Show in West Springfield, Mass.
Kane qualified for the National Championships while earning 13 ribbons, and 50 points for her team. Her ribbons represent eight wins, two each for second and third place and her final, sixth place national standing. Earning these points qualified Carolyn to be promoted to the walk-trot-canter division for her competitions in the upcoming season.
Kane, her teammates and coaches have delivered a record-breaking year for the Becker College Hawk equestrians. This year marks the first time in more than 15 years that a Becker rider has competed in IHSA nationals. Finishing its season in third place with 225 points marked the highest score and showing in team history.
Oreo and Rollin-Along, two of the horses housed at the Becker Equestrian Center in Paxton, Mass., were selected as two of 150 horses to be ridden at the IHSA show—another first.
Ed Paro, head coach and manager of the Becker Equestrian Center, was honored with the annual IHSA Coach Sportsmanship Award at the IHSA nationals. IHSA members, riders, coaches and staff vote to elect the recipient of this award; criteria for the award include sportsmanship and accomplishment.
Becker faculty member, and chair of the Equine Studies Program, Dr. Charlotte Newell provided veterinary services at the national competition, and a number of Becker equestrian students worked as volunteers for the multi-day event held at the Eastern States Exposition, or “Big E.”