Rutgers University

Rutgers Equestrian Team Coach Elected As IHSA Second Vice President

b8d7ee7c33a2e91dcbc2_Kelly_Francfort__Photo_by_Bethany_Longfellow.JPG
Kelly Francfort Credits: Bethany Longfellow
b8d7ee7c33a2e91dcbc2_Kelly_Francfort__Photo_by_Bethany_Longfellow.JPG

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) held their annual board meeting in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 3-6. The 55-member board met in general session and in individual committees during the three-day event.

Kelly Francfort Named Second Vice President

Kelly Francfort, coach of the Rutgers team, chair of IHSA Zone 3 and the public relations committee, was named second vice president during the meeting. Francfort has served as interim second vice president since June 2017, replacing George Lukemire who retired from the position.  Francfort has been a member of the IHSA Board for 20 years, serving as both a regional president and zone chair.  She spent her youth in England and Germany, earned her MBA at Rutgers and brings a wealth of knowledge from her career in international finance. Francfort has been an active participant, as a student competitor and a coach, on the Rutgers team for more than 25 years.

Sign Up for E-News

“I am thrilled to be named second vice president and look forward to serving the IHSA in this new capacity,” Francfort said. “IHSA’s mission is near and dear to me – so that all students, both young men and women, regardless of riding level and economic background can ride and compete during college.”

Megan Taylor Awarded Lifetime Achievement Honor

Megan Taylor was presented with the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to the IHSA. Taylor is the former coach and director of riding at the University of the South and assistant coach of the Goucher College team. She serves as National Director of the IHSA Alumni Association and has been an IHSA board member for double-digit years. Taylor is the youngest person to ever receive the honor.

 “I truly have been around the IHSA for nearly my whole life,” Taylor said. “I grew up in a college barn, competed as an undergraduate, coached for 18 years and now serve as the national director of the Alumni Association. Being recognized by people that I love and respect for my role in the IHSA makes this award extra special.”

Taylor’s mother was a riding instructor and she rode with Sue Payne, Smith College’s beloved coach, as a junior. She was a member and assistant coach of the IHSA team at Purdue, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She continues to contribute to the IHSA with enthusiasm.

Board Decides Policy on Dual Membership

The IHSA board made an anticipated decision on dual membership status regarding IHSA teams and riders who also participate in NCEA competitions. Effective Jan. 6, 2018, IHSA teams with current membership in IHSA and NCEA may continue in IHSA through the end of the 2017-2018 competition season. Effective Aug. 1, 2018, all IHSA members are eligible to be listed on either an IHSA or NCEA roster during an academic year, but not both.
 
Students who are no longer listed on an NCEA roster are eligible to compete in IHSA competition. The rider’s placement is determined by the rider’s competition experience depending upon the discipline. Refer to the IHSA rules for guidance on rider placement.

Nationals to be Held in the Main Arena at Harrisburg

IHSA teams and individuals that qualify for the National Championship Show in Harrisburg will have an experience of a lifetime. In previous years when the IHSA Nationals has been held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, competition has been held in the small/schooling ring. The board decided that the 2018 Nationals will be held in the venue’s main arena, home to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the USEF Hunter Seat Medal, one of the most important and iconic equitation finals won by some of the best in the sport.

“It was a productive meeting,” said Bob Cacchione, executive director and founder of the IHSA. “This is such a committed group of fantastic people who really care about the IHSA. I am so proud to work with all of them.”

About IHSA

The IHSA was founded in 1967 by Robert Cacchione while he attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. The organization was established so that any full-time college student could participate in equestrian competition regardless of economic status, gender or riding level and offers Hunter Seat and Western competition at eight levels from Walk-Trot through Open divisions for both male and female college athletes. The IHSA emphasizes learning and sportsmanship and fosters teamwork. The organization has grown to include 400 member teams and 10,000 members encompassing 40 Regions, 8 Zones and 45 states and Canada. College or university teams, individuals, alumni and coaches may become members. 

For more information go to IHSAinc.com or contact media@IHSAinc.com

See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net

Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoHorses/  

Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox. 

Download the FREE TAPinto App!  Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - February 23, 2018




The Jaffe Briefing Is going on Winter Break, returning Monday, March 5


OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

 NEWARK - The Archdiocese of Newark is somehow making national news, after Cardinal Joseph Tobin sent out a tweet Wednesday that raised one or two eyebrows. Tobin tweeted "Nighty-night, baby. I love you," Hmm, people asked. Now who ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 22, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - If New Jersey raises the sales tax back to 7 percent, will anyone notice? That's the big question from New Jersey Policy Perspective, which questions last year's gimmick that cut the sales tax rate to 6.625 percent. NJ 101.5reports that tax cut equates to $2 a week in "savings" for middle-class families. Meanwhile, this ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 21, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON THE HIGHWAY - Authorities were frantically looking into a "mystery tar" that appeared suddenly on cars driving along I-295 in South Jersey, causing tires to gel with the road. They quickly realized that a stretch of the highway in Salem County was smeared with liquid asphalt, leaked from a tanker and causing dozens of cars to get ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 20, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

STATEWIDE - Jittery parents are sending their jittery kids to jittery schools this morning, as classes resume after a President's Day weekend filled with wall-to-wall news coverage about gun safety. School districts statewide have been reporting threats - all thankfully not credible - as district leaders are on the highest alert. East Brunswick, for ...

The Jaffe Briefing - February 16, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

E STREET - While a tired nation is demanding gun control (yet again), Springsteen guitarist Stevie Van Zandt is having none of it. No stranger to political opinions, the New Jersey icon tweeted "What happened to us? We are averaging 2 school shootings per week AND WE DO NOTHING ABOUT IT!" Many tone-deaf politicians on Capitol Hill ...

The Jaffe Briefing - January 15, 2018

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

TRENTON - As state lawmakers are set to announce a bill at 11 a.m. to decriminalize pot - an issue that has consumed the Statehouse -  the Record is reporting on an often-ignored issue: the state's ridiculously antiquated liquor laws. For example, supermarkets in the state can only have up to two liquor licenses, stemming ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f91ed86077ea29dfd56e_image

Sat, February 24

Plainsboro

Project Feeder Watch

Green Home & Garden

Carousel_image_f4e82d3711fc465ac05c_1234663_10152274039849715_16207768_n

Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM

New Jersey Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve, Plainsboro

Family Adventures - Early Spring: Emerging ...

Green

Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM

Edison High School Auditorium, Edison

Free community viewing of "Bag It"

Green

Trees Have Sex? Rutgers Researchers Have All the Answers

February 22, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A few years ago, Rutgers researcher Jennifer Blake-Mahmud was working on a botany project in Virginia when colleagues pointed out a striped maple, a common tree in the understory of mountain forests from Nova Scotia to Georgia. 

 

“They told me, ‘We think it switches sex from year to year, but we don’t know why,’ and I said, ...

Rutgers Union Rally Planned Friday for $15 Minimum Wage

New Brunswick, NJ - On Friday, February 23, student groups, a coalition of Rutgers unions, and representatives from campuses across the nation will hold a rally and march on College Avenue to demand a $15 minimum wage.

The action, initiated by the Rutgers chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and the Rutgers American Association of University Professors - American Federation of ...

RU Students Rejoice: Starbucks Reopens at The Yard@College Avenue

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In what many consider to be the biggest news of the day on the Rutgers University campus, the Starbucks at The Yard@College Avenue has once again reopened.

Officials with the New Brunswick Development Corp. reported this morning that the popular coffeehouse is open "for good."

The Starbucks at The Yard@College Avenue, located at the corner of College ...

Valeski: Placing Police Officers in Schools was Planned for Two Years

February 21, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the midst of a media firestorm Tuesday, Dr. Victor Valeski, East Brunswick Superintendent of Schools, fielded questions from local and national journalists regarding the placement of armed police officers inside each of the district's K-12 buildings.  The move seemed to many as a "knee-jerk" reaction to the fear generated by the massacre of ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

OPINION

Letter to the Editor: Low-Income Families Who Need Safe Cribs Have Nowhere to Go

February 15, 2018

One recent email came from a pastor in East Orange, sharing the struggles of a young couple who have no safe place for their baby to sleep.

Then, there was also a phone call from a Newark hospital, making its fourth request in two years, as well as a frantic text from Puerto Rico, for a family who lost everything in the hurricane.

They all pleaded for the same thing: A safe crib for a ...

Somerset Patriots Sign Frontier League All-Star RHP Randy McCurry

February 17, 2018

The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Randy McCurry for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to play in the Atlantic League this year,” said McCurry. “It’ll be a transition for me but I am ready to face some really good competition and help the team win.”

McCurry enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and ...