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ISSRA National Championships to be held at Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena



The 2015 Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riders Association (ISSRA) National Championship Horse Show will be held the evening of April 11th at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in conjunction with the 25th annual Spring Premier Horse Show taking place April 9-11. Founded in 2008, by college students and faculty mentors, the organization has grown to include teams from Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and University of Louisville, with independent riders competing from various universities. The focus of ISSRA is to provide college students with an opportunity to continue riding saddle seat and to bring new riders the experience of competition on a collegiate level.



ISSRA operates its shows similar to the World Cup. Each rider shows in an equitation rail class and a pattern class. Individual riders draw a horse for each class entered, and have minimal warm-up. Coaches select team point riders in each division prior to the first class and those riders accumulate both team and individual points. Awards consist of a High Point Team, a Reserve High Point Team, High Point Rider and Reserve High Point Rider - to both Senior and Junior riders - based on accumulated points. Each ISSRA coach places his/her riders in specified divisions based on show experience and a formal riding evaluation. Senior riders compete in Open, Open Limit, Advanced, or Novice classes, while Junior riders compete in Intermediate, Beginner Walk-Trot-Canter or Beginner Walk-Trot classes. Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in a college or university is eligible to join the ISSRA as an individual member. Alumni riders are also able to compete in their respective classes.



USEF is the title sponsoring offering $1,000 and saddle pads to the top competitors. For more details on show events, competitors, silent auction, and program advertisements, please contact the Terri Burch (502) 852-4859 or by email terri.burch@louisville.edu or Erin LeCompt (606) 776-5129 or by email at e.siegel@moreheadstate.edu.

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