New Jersey's Centenary University Supports Equestrian Aid Foundation Through Ticket Sales for Longines Masters

The Centenary IHSA team with coaches Heather Clark and Michael Dowling. Credits: Courtesy of Centenary University Equestrian


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LONG VALLEY, N.J. — Centenary University’s Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) team found an ingenious way to promote international show jumping while supporting Equestrian Aid Foundation and their mission to help horse people facing catastrophic injury and illness. When you purchase your tickets to Longines Masters of New York through a Centenary IHSA team member or online with the promo code — CENTENARYET — a percentage of sales from every ticket sold will go to Equestrian Aid Foundation.
The Longines Masters of New York will be held April 26-29 at the newly renovated NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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Centenary University’s IHSA is considered among the top-ranked teams in the nation. The team’s long list of accolades includes national championships (2009, 2011 and 2014) and reserve championships (2010, 2015, 2017). Centenary riders have nabbed the coveted Cacchione Cup multiple times (2009, 2011, 2013, and 2017).
Their IHSA team provides opportunities for both men and women riders to compete throughout the academic year. The 50-member team includes a range of levels, from beginners in walk-trot to open riders with years of experience.
Michael Dowling, Equine Studies associate professor and co-coach of the IHSA team, sees the Longines Masters ticket sales initiative as a way to introduce students to equestrian philanthropy while promoting show jumping as a spectator sport.

“We want to show them that giving back is part of the equestrian life,” Dowling said. “We’re trying to create an awareness of the equestrian community.”

Centenary’s program places an emphasis on real-world experiences. Graduates routinely find employment with top equestrian centers and equine businesses and organizations.

“Our IHSA program is unique because most students are going to find themselves immersed in the industry,” Dowling said. “They’re a diverse group, but as future trainers, veterinarians, show managers—they’re all in the field. We want them to become socially conscious.”

On March 31 the IHSA Zone 3 Region 3 Finals were held at Crosswinds Equestrian Center. Out of the 16 available spots to move forward to Zone Finals, Centenary took home 10 of them. In addition, after the ride-off to represent the region for the coveted USEF/Cacchione Cup, Skylar Laakso, of Medfield, Mass., came out on top. She had been tied with fellow Cyclone, Michael Andrade, of Poughquag, N.Y.

On April 7, Centenary will host the 2018 IHSA Zone 3 Championships. Spectators are welcome.

According to the IHSA, the Zone Championships represent the final step for IHSA hunter seat teams and individuals on their quest for Nationals. Each region will send two individual riders and one team to their respective Zone Championships for a chance to qualify for the IHSA National Championship Show to be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in early May.

The top two individuals and top teams in each zone will move on to the national finals.

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