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Riding Center at LIU Post to Host Equestrian Zone Competition


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Riding Center at LIU Post to Host Equestrian Zone CompetitionNorth Shore Equestrian Center, located of the campus of LIU Post in Brookville, will host the Zone 2 Hunter Seat Equitation finals, a competition mounted by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

The Zone finals will bring competitors from 53 schools in the New York and Connecticut – 10 of which are from Long Island Region 4.

Hunter Seat Equitation is a division that is judged on the ability and the style of the rider. The riders can be judged both over fences and on the flat. In over fences classes the riders are judged not only on their ability to negotiate a course of jumps on their horses, but also on their style and position while they do it.

Competing from LIU Post's equestrian team this year are two alumni – assistant coach Laura Powell, 2012 team captain (Fences) and Chelsea Soldner (Flat). "This is a good turnout for us – we're excited," said Ashley Staib, a captain of the 2013 squad and a senior at LIU Post.

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association was established in 1967 with just two intercollegiate competing colleges, and has grown into an organization that encompasses 29 Regions in 9 Zones with more than 300 member colleges in 45 states and Canada – representing more than 9,000 riders in Hunter Seat Equitation, Western Horsemanship, and Reining.

In addition to LIU Post, schools in Zone 2 Region 4 include Adelphi, Dowling, Hofstra, Molloy, St. Joseph's, Stony Brook and Suffolk Community College (LI); and NYU and Columbia (NYC).

Riders qualify for the National Championship Horse Show through a point system. During the year, contestants accumulate points at local shows to qualify for the Regional Finals in their respective divisions. The top three riders in each class of the Regional Finals move forward to the Zone Finals. And the top two competitors in each class at Zones qualify for Nationals.

According to Region 4 president Debbie Riterizer, this is the first time in over two decades that the Zone competition has been held on Long Island. "The challenge is to find a facility that can handle a competition this big -- We bring in 22 horses from all over the zone."

With four outside rings, three barns, an indoor ring, and a viewing area complete with a café, that looks directly in at the indoor wing, The North Shore Equestrian Center at LIU Post fits the bill, she said. "LIU Post has beautiful grounds and jumps," said Riterizer. "The footing is beautiful, and the indoor arena is a great place for people to come see the competition.

The event is open to the public.

Posted 04/02/2013

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