On May 6th, OSU’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association won its first National Championship in the organization’s history. After having been ranked in the 10 ten competing universities for the last 7 years, the team was finally able to make their way to the top. They were the only team that had rides place within the top 10 in every class.
It has been an especially long journey to this point for Whitman, who has been a member of IHSA since her freshman year at OSU. For the last four years, she has traveled to nationals with the team; each year, Whitman and her teammates had dealt with the cliché “close but no cigar” scenario. But not anymore.
“When I realized that I was in the arena, and there was only one team that could catch us and their rider placed under me, I thought I was going to cry, or puke. It was honestly very surreal.” Whitman said.
Congrats to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association on their victory, your hard work has paid off!