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

St. Andrews Western team brings home its first IHSA national championship

By LIZ CRUMBLY Editor This year marked the first IHSA Western team championship for St. Andrews University, located in Laurinburg, N.C. Western Coach Carla Wennberg said she’d flirted with the win several times during her 10-year tenure with the university. Her team placed second in 2013. “I kind of got a little taste,” she said. … 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

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

Berry College: the riders

These are the riders who represented Berry College at the 2015 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championship in West Springfield, Mass. An “I” indicates that the rider represented the school as an individual. A “T” means he or she rode as a team member. Photo credit: Berry College Sports Information   Autumn Clark: Class: senior; … Read more

IHSA: anatomy of a national championship

  For the third time in its history, the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association has produced two championship teams from the same state. Here’s how all the moving pieces fit together.   FROM CE STAFF REPORTS This is a banner year for the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association; for only the third time in its 48-year history, it … Read more

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