5C Equestrian Team Makes Mark in San Diego Competition

By Alexandra Talleur ‘12Staff Writer

The weather in San Diego was beautiful last weekend for the 5C Equestrian Team’s show at Sweetwater Stables in Chula Vista. Hosted by UCSD, the competitors present included USC, UCLA, UCSB, ASU and USD. This weekend’s competition was the third IHSA Hunt Seat Show this month, and the riders were eagerly racking up points before regionals on Feb. 27. Three Scripps students were present: myself, Rachel Fidler (‘14) and Jacy Humphries (‘13), along with our coaches Kate Isenberg (PZ) and Katie Plough (SCR). Saturday went smoothly: no falls or incidents, despite some classes having 12 or more riders in the ring at once. With the show pushing eight hours on Saturday, horses were tired and a bit less accommodating by Sunday, when there were four falls in the first hour or so. However, the weekend ended on a good note with Fidler receiving fourth place out of 16 riders in Intermediate Equitation Over Fences, and then second place out of 19 riders in Novice Equitation on the Flat. On Sunday, Humphries got fourth place in Novice Fences out of 14 riders.

In IHSA (the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) shows are hosted by different teams in each region throughout the show season. Horses are donated by the teams and by local barns and individuals. At shows, each rider draws a horse randomly and, without a warm up period, competes on that horse. The classes are divided into Open (advanced), Intermediate and Novice, and are separated into Fences and Flat. Riders start at the beginner level if they have no points, but they can move up into higher classes as they accumulate points.

Since Isenberg and a few other Claremont students started the 5C Equestrian Team four and a half years ago, the team has competed in English and Western throughout Southern California. Said Isenberg, “IHSA is great because it puts riders on a level playing field, and in some ways creates unity.” For the most part, there is a place for a rider whether she is a beginner or advanced. As Plough said, “it’s great for those who don’t own horses.” Also, it’s a perfect way for students who rode before college to continue doing so in an affordable way, both time-wise and financially, as there is a discount for team members at the local barns. The two stables affiliated with the team, Falcon Riding Academy in San Dimas and Rainbow Canyon Ranch, are both great options whether or not you’re on the team.

Though the team is not an extremely well known club sport at the 5Cs, it is a great mix of students from all levels of riding experience. The shows are competitive but fun. The coaches have a passion for riding and a love for horses, and have done an amazing job since creating the team as 5C students newly arrived at Claremont.