Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- May 27, 2003
Three Cal Poly Pomona Students Earn Prizes As
Equestrian Team Finishes Sixth At National Finals
Cal Poly Pomona’s Equestrian Team brought home four national
prizes from the 2003 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National
Finals at Middle Tennessee State University.
Nine Cal Poly Pomona students took part in the 3-day competition. Animal
science major Coleen Thorndyke (Glendora, Calif.), won the national
championship in the Walk-Trot-Canter division. Animal and veterinary
science major Mallory Salcedo (Alta Loma, Calif.) was the reserve national
champion in Individual Beginning Western Horsemanship. Shawna Winfrey
(Santee, Calif.) was the reserve national champion in the American Quarter
Horse Association Team Beginning Western Horsemanship class. In addition,
the Western Team placed sixth in the nation, represented by team members
Brianna Vermeulen (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Megan Saul (Temecula),
Jessica Evans (Cupertino, Calif.), Salcedo and Winfrey.
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) was established in
1967 to promote competition for riders of all skill levels regardless
of financial status. Students compete individually and as team members
at regional and national levels with individual colleges hosting each
event and providing the horses for the competition. Cal Poly Pomona's
team is a member of Zone 8, Region 2, which includes USC, Mt. SAC, UC
San Diego and more.
Coach Jerry Liberatore and assistant coaches Kelly Taylor and Krista
Jimenez help prepare Cal Poly Pomona’s Equestrian Team.
Aside from memories of competition, the Cal Poly Pomona delegation will
also remember the shock of being only miles from a deadly tornado that
ripped through Murfreesboro, Tenn. on May 4, the last day of competition,
with 100-200 mph winds and hail the size of quarters.