Equestrian team continues successful 2019 season

Category:  Sports
Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 10:57 AM

With a recent show at Slippery Rock, the Edinboro University Equestrian Team have literally made some great leaps this semester, including reserve team champion status at their first two shows and three members qualifying for regionals.

“So at the beginning of the semester, we weren’t really expecting much. We had a really, really good point card set up for this year,” said team captain Arianna Toth, who says the card is pretty much filled (this refers to the members who score points for each class during each show).

Edinboro’s team is currently among 23 in Zone 2, Region 5 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and are in third place overall. 

Team members must earn certain points in their class level to advance, which range from walk-trot, walk-trot-canter, limit, intermediate and open.
One of those that advanced was Chloe Oyanguren.

“I’m happy to be in the higher division now, even though the competition is a little stiff,” said Oyanguren, who obtained the 36 required points for the walk-trot-canter level and has just started competing in the limit level.

With the challenges of a highly competitive environment, along with handling unfamiliar horses that are IHSA-assigned, the team maintains a positive attitude regarding outcomes.

“We’re hoping that we can keep up the streak with, like, reserve team champion or even high-point team champion. [We want to] see if maybe we can get into something bigger and be the overall for the season; that’d be awesome. That’s our coach’s hope,” said Toth.

“We’ve had, thus far, really quite a good season,” said Coach Lew Trumble, now in his 15th year with Edinboro. Trumble wouldn’t be surprised if one of the team riders makes it to open class, which is the highest level.

West Virginia University and Seton Hill are Edinboro’s main competitors. One of the trickiest things about intercollegiate horse showing is getting a good draw, in which a horse is chosen at random. It’s something that can affect their win or loss, and is ultimately out of their control.

Only 12 members can attend a show, and Trumble’s main concern is choosing members that place in class levels 2 with its pre-intro and intro sections, along with levels 3 and 4, since more members place in levels 5 through 8 and he wants to divide them evenly.

As far as point level goes, “even if we get four or five points in open, that’s better than what we had last semester,” he said.

Both the team and their coach acknowledged the financial support provided by the Edinboro University Student Government Association.

Their last two shows of the semester take place at Stonegate Farm in Coolville, Ohio, on Nov. 9 and 10.

Regional qualifiers will compete at Grier School on March 15.

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