Collegiate EQUESTRIAN TALENT SEARCH concluded their most successful and active season 2012-13 season at Bridgewater College in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of central Virginia, April 12-13.  The event began with a classroom seminar on Friday night, offered mounted clinics with college equestrian coaches on Saturday, then concluded with a horse show in the IHSA collegiate format.  Clinicians were Matt Arrigon of St. Andrews University, the 2013 IHSA Zone 5 Champion Coach; Jim Arrigon, the only college coach whose teams have won National Championships in IHSA, NCAA, and now in IEA- the national high school association; and Jerry Schurink, Equestrian Director and coach of Bridgewater College.  Schurink also judged the horse show and took time to talk individually with every rider immediately following each class.  Riders used horses provided by Bridgewater College, and drew randomly for horse assignments.  Participants were mostly high school juniors – Class of 2014, and had a campus tour as well as an advisory presentation on admissions and financial aid practices and procedures.   ETS Director Jim Arrigon also did a classroom discussion on collegiate riding options and choices, and advised riders about particular colleges.

The Equestrian Talent Search clinic season had included weekends at Randolph College, Mount Holyoke College, Delaware Valley College, Saint Andrews University, Mount Holyoke again, and finally Bridgewater College.  The ETS program has 8 clinic weekends scheduled next season – the same six locations, plus Otterbein University in Virginia, and a weekend at an undetermined site in Georgia.   The new season of ETS events begins with July clinics at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia and Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to the 8 clinic weekends next season, ETS riders have the opportunity to compete in the ETS Medal competition at each of the four Collegiate Tournament of Champions Horse Shows, September at Randolph College. December at Centenary College in northern New Jersey, and January at Virginia Intermont College, as well as a fourth undetermined site.  Twenty high school aged riders will have the opportunity to compete in the ETS Medal in front of 20 of the top collegiate coaches and teams in the nation, in the middle of the collegiate tournament.  College coaches will help riders walk the course and mount their horses, and the winner will take home a $5000 Virginia Intermont College scholarship.  The two major sponsors of Equestrian Talent Search – Virginia Intermont College and St Andrews University – will give away over $60,000 in scholarship money next season at ETS events.

Riders can get information at the “Equestrian Talent Search” page and the “Tournament of Champions Horse Shows” page on Facebook, and can download entry packets at www.BeckettRunRiding.com , or by contacting jimarrigon@hotmail.com.  New dates and locations are announced regularly on the facebook page, as well as announcements of college decisions made by senior ETS students.

Results from ETS Bridgewater College, April 12-13

GROUP A CHAMPION:              Hannah Dayhoff, Bourbonnais, Illinois, 2014

GROUP A RESERVE CHAMP:     Ivy Creahan, Morehead, Kentucky, 2014

GROUP B CHAMPION:              Sabrina Vlacich, Bayville, New York, 2014

GROUP A RESERVE CHAMP:    Zellie Wothers, Sykesville, Maryland, 2014

ST ANDREWS UNIVERSITY $5000 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER:  Sabrina Vlacich

MOST IMPROVED NEW STUDENT:  Kaitlin Lertora, Lovettsville, Virginia, 2014

MOST IMPROVED RETURNING STUDENT:  Zellie Wothers, Sykesvile, MD, 2014

BEST FLAT RIDERS:  Sabrina Vlacich, Kaitlin Lertora, Zellie Wothers

CHAMPION TEAM:  The Maroons: Hannah Dayhoff, Sabrina Vlacich, Kaitlin Lertora

RES.CHAMP TEAM: Caballos Marados: Sabirna Vlacich; Kelly Leihy, Bowie MD; Kiki Konopnicki, Arlington VA.