The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) announced the locations for their Western semifinals, the definitive step for Western riders and teams to qualify for Nationals. IHSA riders compete in a range of levels in Western horsemanship and in the open level in both horsemanship and reining.
Black Hawk College in Zone 7, Region 4 will host one semifinal at the East campus in Galva, Illinois. Black Hawk College was the reserve national champion team at the 2017 IHSA Nationals held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The event will be the second semifinals held at the Black Hawk College facility.
Alfred University in Alfred, New York, in IHSA’s Zone 2, Region 1, will hold Western Semi-Finals for the first time in Hamburg, New York. In 2017, two members of the Alfred University Western equestrian team placed in the top 10 of their respective divisions at Nationals.
The third semifinals presenter is West Virginia University (WVU) in Zone 2, Region 5 and home of the 2017 Regional. The event will be held at the University’s facility in Reedsville, West Virginia. It will also be their first-time to host semifinals. The WVU team earned the 2017 reserve Regional championship and the 2016 Regional championship.
Eight regions will be represented at each semifinal. The top-two individual Western riders from each region’s championship show and the high-point team from each region will compete at the semifinals.
From each of the three semifinals, the top four riders in each individual division, plus the top three teams overall will advance to the IHSA National Championship show to be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from May 3-6.