From elimination to national championship: Berry celebrates its ‘perfect’ IHSA Nationals win

BY LIZ CRUMBLY Editor It’s not common to hear a national championship coach and her team describing the experience of sharing the spotlight as “perfect.” That was the Berry College Equestrian Team’s general consensus about tying for a national championship this year with St. Andrews College, however. The Berry team members celebrated their IHSA (Intercollegiate … Read more

‘Get over your bad self:’ Winning Western coaches lent each other moral support during grueling contest for IHSA team championship

By LIZ CRUMBLY Editor The Western team competition at this year’s Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Nationals ended in a tie, allowing a long-term friendship between two coaches to shine. Coach Carla Wennberg, of St. Andrews University, and Assistant Coach Debra Wright, of Berry College, have a relationship that stretches back to Wright’s days as a … Read more

‘Everything happens for a reason:’ how Berry took home another IHSA team championship

By LIZ CRUMBLY Editor The fact that Berry College was even present at this year’s IHSA Nationals was “a pleasant surprise,” according to Head Coach Margaret Knight, and it was all because of one blue ribbon. Berry had tied for fourth place at Semifinals at Black Hawk College in March. Only the top three teams … Read more

‘To simple or to flying change?’ Southern riders answered skillfully in Cacchione Cup

FROM IHSA The 2016 USEF Cacchione Cup at the Kentucky Horse Park at the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships this past weekend ended with a work-off Shakespearean in its proportion. Riders representing two Southern schools made the call-back in which “to simple, or to flying change” was the question posed by judges Carole O’Brien … Read more

Welcoming back a teammate

Sign up for local horse stories in your inbox:  ELIZABETH POCZOBUT IHSA Media Intern Berry College Equestrian recently welcomed back a teammate to campus. Sara Claudia Tillman, a senior, restarted her education at the beginning of the spring semester after a reaction to a tonsillectomy left her without sight last year. Last May, after a normal … Read more

Pounding down the homestretch …

By ELIZABETH POCZOBUT IHSA Media Intern Hello again from Berry College Equestrian! We wrapped up our fall season with more wins for the hunt seat and western teams in November. The spring semester is looking to be jam-packed for the equestrian team, with three regular-season huntseat and two Western shows. **Related: This is what it … Read more

The ultimate compliment

1kviews Sign up for local horse stories in your inbox:  As all riders know, when someone labels us competent or talented in that area of life, nothing else really matters, not the way we look or what we drive or even how intelligent other people think we are. And if someone compliments our horses, it’s … Read more

This is what it takes to defend a national championship

By ELIZABETH POCZOBUT IHSA Media Intern The Berry College Equestrian team is back in full swing after a very busy summer for many members of the team. The first few months have been focused on getting the horses and ourselves back in shape from summer break. As many of The Collective Equestrian readers are aware, … Read more

Inside the rides: from a huntseater to an aspiring lawyer, Berry’s IHSA nationals team was well represented

Standout rider: Elizabeth Poczobut: Elizabeth Poczobut, Berry’s Western team captain, credits good draws as a significant part of her success during her two rides for the team at IHSA Nationals, both of which put her in the top 10 riders. GREAT DRAWS: “All my horses were great and easy to get along with,” she explained. “They … Read more

A Western tradition for a liberal arts school: Berry’s IHSA wins are becoming a regular occurrence

Berry College Equestrian Head Coach Margaret Knight said she saw that the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Western team win was a possibility for Berry early Sunday, May 3. Berry wasn’t leading, but they were ranked in the top five teams in the race for the national championship at that point. “I was confident it was in reach, … Read more

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