St. Andrews Equestrian Center hosting Tournament of Champions
“Tournament of Champions is a series in the team tournament format of the IHSA National Collegiate Cup competition,” said Peggy McElveen, director of the St. Andrews equestrian program. “Each team brings one rider in each of the eight IHSA class divisions; all are riding for team points against the best 8 riders from the best teams from all across the country.”
The opening ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and the first competition will begin at 9:15 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
There is a team champion for each show and the points accumulate for the series each year.
“There is also an individual medal class at each tournament, with top riders from attending teams, as well as tope riders from other teams across the country,” McElveen said. “We also accept top alumni for the medal class as well. Medal is held in a format of flat first and then the top half of riders are called back for fences with the top entries returning for testing.”
Teams attending this show are College of Charleston, Berry College, Delaware Valley, University of Delaware, Lynchburg College, Mount Holyoke College, University of New Hampshire, UNC – Chapel Hill, Penn State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Skidmore College, University of South Carolina, Stonehill College, Tufts University, Virginia Intermont (2 teams), Virginia Tech, West Virginia University and St. Andrews Presbyterian College (2 teams).
“Coaches have found there is no better experience - no other way to get this level of competition, other than Nationals - for their riders than the tournaments,” said McElveen. “We can make the argument that we're even more competitive than Nationals, because often the best teams in the nation eliminate each other in the process of getting to Nationals. We invite the top Regional and Zone Champions, but we can also invite the top 2nd and 3rd place teams from the best areas of the country where those teams are sometimes better than some teams that make it to Nationals.”
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