By Sarah Frushour
Senior, agricultural communication major, equine science minor
Do you know much about the Cal Poly Equestrian Team? The Cal Poly Equestrian Team is a completely student-run club. It encourages students of all riding levels to join from experienced winners to those who had horses in their dreams.
While the team provides opportunities for all equine enthusiasts, the Cal Poly Equestrian Team is also a show team. Both English and Western show teams are selected by tryouts at the beginning of each fall and winter quarter. The team competes on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) circuit.
This was a great year for the Cal Poly Equestrian Team! Through hard work and determination, the Western team earned several High Point Team awards over the course of the season. After many shows, the team ended the regular season as the Regional Champion Western Team and earned a spot at IHSA Semi Finals in New York hosted by the State University of New York at Oswego on March 24-26, 2017.
The semi-finals show team included Madison Quintanar, Sarah Frushour (myself), Megan Borzone, Hailey Colgrove, Kathleen Mitchell, and Kat Campisi. Each team member competed in different classes earning points for the team. Madison represented Cal Poly in the Open Reining, myself in the Open Horsemanship, Megan in the Advanced Horsemanship, Hailey in the Novice Horsemanship, Kathleen in the Intermediate Horsemanship and Kat in the Beginning Horsemanship.
“Cal Poly has offered an amazing experience for me being on the Equestrian Team and it has really given me an opportunity to feel a sense of belonging, so being able to travel to compete representing Cal Poly was unreal,” said Quintanar, who qualified for the Open Reining to compete at the IHSA Nationals in May.
At the end of the three-day competition, the team earned sixth place out of eight teams from across the United States. The opportunity to compete at semi-finals would not have been possible without the support and guidance from the team’s coach Lou Moore. Lou Moore has been the team’s coach for three years, and has traveled with the team to just about every show since then.
I have been a part of the Cal Poly Equestrian Team for four years. I joined the team as a freshman because I wanted to continue participating in the sport I love and grow as an equestrian and an individual. Not only did the club provide experiences to grow in leadership and education, but I found what I, and many other team members would call a family. Representing Cal Poly at the IHSA Semi-Finals was a tremendous opportunity but I am thankful for are the memories and lessons I learned. I have watched the team grow and become more competitive since I started, and their future is bright.