Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry Claims Seventh National Title at 2018 Custom Saddlery Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championships

by Natasha Sprengers-Levine | May 08, 2018

Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry Claims Seventh National Title at 2018 Custom Saddlery Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Championships

For Immediate Release


Painesville, OH- May 4, 2018- The 2018 Custom Saddlery Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships concluded on Sunday, April 29, at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, with yet another National Title for Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry College. Twelve teams from nine regions across the United States and Canada contested the competitive arena, but it was the college based in Virginia that ended up at the top of the leaderboard on Team day after a season of strong performances from riders. The win was the seventh for the team, guided by coach Lisa Moosmueller-Terry, the fourth Championship over the past five years. The “Wasps’” Bobbie Jo Adsit also took the title of High Point Rider, while Eliza Ginn claimed Reserve High Point Rider standing.

Intermont Equestrian at Emory & Henry in their awards presentation ceremony with President Emeritus Beth Beukema.

On Saturday, 48 riders took to the arena to fight for the highest of honors awarded on Individual day. First Level saw Otterbein University’s Norah Young claim the opening victory of the weekend, riding to a score of 70.736%.Abby Fleischli from Stanford University was presented with second place after completing her test with a 69.118%.Third place was captured by Rutgers University’s Alexandra Meeter, riding to a 67.427%.


Upper Training Level saw another Otterbein victory as Rachel Cellini took first place, concluding with a score of 70%. Kristen Kelley of Averett University took home second place after finishing with a 69.318%. Maggie Dickey of Johnson and Wales University scooped up third place and 68.636%.


Lower Training Level was bested by Mary Finnegan of Centenary University, after she was awarded a 70.326% from the judges. Emory & Henry’s Bobbie Jo Adsit claimed second on a 68.804%, while the University of Kentucky’s Emily Cederlund took third piloting her mount to a 68.37%.


Delaney Dunne of Emory & Henry Collegewas awarded a score of 68.594% and was named champion of Intro Level. Second place was presented to Cayley Delancey of Mount Holyoke College, after receiving a 66.875%.Third place honors were claimed after Stanford University’s Lucy Edy rode to a score of 66.250%, the final blue ribbon awarded on Individual day.


Team day commenced as First Level kicked off Sunday’s rides, awarding the blue rosette to Emory & Henry’s Eliza Ginn, after concluding on a score of 72.97%. Second place was clinched by Stanford University’s Abby Fleischli who earned a 70.313%, while Bridgewater College’s Melissa Lempicki rounded out the top three with a 69.063%.


Emory & Henry’s own Cassandra Oliver took fourth place in Upper Training Level, after riding to a 67.614%. The division welcomed a win for Otterbein University’s Rachel Cellini, capturing first with 70.341%. Second place went to the University of Findlay’s Madeline Miller, who received a 70.227% from judges, and Harriet Thomson of Mount Holyoke College took third place honors, with a score of 68.750%.


First place in Lower Training Level on Team day was claimed with 73.043%, by Emory & Henry’s Bobbie Jo Adsit. Mary Finnegan rode to second for Centenary University on a 72.717%, while Mount Holyoke College’s Sarah Etzel received third after riding to a respectable 69.239%.


The final division of the weekend saw another fourth-place finish for an Emory & Henry rider as Delaney Dunne earned the final 9 points for the team, ending the day on a 68.281%. Otterbein University’s Montana McKnight earned first place honors with a score of 70.313%, while Mount Holyoke’s Celeste Delancey took spot number two after completing with a 69.219%. Third place went to the University of Findlay’s Abigail Hope, riding to a 68.906%.


Team Results


Rank/ College/ Points/ Total Collective Score


1.EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE/ 44/ 70.477%







8.MIAMI UNIVERSITY/ 21/ 66.806%


10.ST. ANDREWS UNIVERSITY/ 16/ 65.378%


12.LAKE ERIE COLLEGE/ 10/ 64.981%

USDF Quiz Challenge Honors Intercollegiate Dressage Association Scholars


This year, the IDA continued in partnership with the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) to offer a Quiz Challenge to competing collegiate members. The Quiz Challenge consisted of two separate rounds of testing, with the first round taking place through the USDF online eTRAK platform, where tests were focused primarily on classical dressage theory and training.


The competition is set up as follows: TheQuiz Challenge consists of one online round, with the top 5 ineach division moving on to compete as finalists at the IDA Nationals. A winner is declared in each category (First Level, Upper Training Level, Lower Training Level, and Intro Level) with one grand prize winner. "In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Hilltop Farm, Inc. of Colora, Maryland, generously provided a four-week internship at Hilltop Farm as the grand prize for this event.”(Read more here).


For the 2018 Challenge, Big Dee'sTack & Vet Supplies proudly came on as a sponsor, and Hilltop Farm once again donated the grand prize. The internship was awarded to the overall highest score and Upper Training Level winner, Lake Erie College’s own Keirsten Pratt.

Keirsten Pratt of Lake Erie College was the overall winner of the 2018 USDF Quiz Challenge, and the recipient of the grand prize, an internship at Hilltop Farm.

The complete list of finalists of the 2018 USDF Quiz Challenge:


First Level-

1.Giuliana Raggio, Lake Erie College

2.Kate Brown, Rutgers University

3.Caroline McConnell, Centenary University

4.Elizabeth Ginn, Emory & Henry College

5.Victoria Ruiz, Johnson & Wales University


Upper Training Level-

1.Kiersten Pratt, Lake Erie College

2.Noel Muehlbauer, Averett University

3.Elizabeth Affeld, Lake Erie College

4.Kristen Kelley, Averett University

5.Elise Sund, Cazenovia College


Lower Training Level-

1.Morgan Blanyer, Lake Erie College

2.Alexa Clark, Lake Erie College

3.Jessica Allanson, Averett University

4.Odessa Thacker, Emory & Henry College

5.Megan Grimes, Averett University


Intro Level-

1.Erin Diehl, Lake Erie College

2.Ashley Corbin, Meredith Manor

3.Madeline Augestine, Averett University

4.Kayla Thomas, St. Andrews University

5.Christina Hyder, Averett University

New Board Members Welcomed to the Intercollegiate Dressage Association


On Friday, April 27, the Intercollegiate Dressage Association voted on the positions up for re-election amidst the 2018 Board of Directors. The outcome was as follows:


President- Ginger Henderson: Ginger is the current coach at Averett University. She has held the position of Sponsorship Development for more than 5 years as well as the IDA’s main USDF Liaison cultivating relationships that have helped progress the IDA.


Vice President- Lisa Moosmueller-Terry: Lisa is the current coach for Emory & Henry College. She has been an active member of the IDA since its founding and helped the organization grow and progress by serving in multiple officer positions.


Kimberlyn Beaudoin: Kimberlyn is an alumnus of Cazenovia College. She has interned with Dressage Today Magazine and has most recently been working as PR & Social Media Coordinator for Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, at Tryon International Equestrian Center amongst other high-profile competition venues.


Natasha Sprengers: Natasha is the IDA’s current Website Liaison. She is an avid dressage competitor and trainer who also has great knowledge of social media and website use.

The Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Officers (Top row, from left to right):

Crystal Taylor, Kim Beaudoin, Sarah Simms, Leslie Hoover, Jackie Dwelle (Bottom row, from left to right): Lynae Ormsby, Ginger Henderson, Beth Beukema, and Lisa Moosmueller-Terry.

The Intercollegiate Dressage Association would like to give a heartfelt "thank you" to our 2018 National Championship sponsors:


Custom Saddlery


Hilltop Farm, Inc.

La Mundial Boots

Ovation Riding

Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies

Schneider Saddlery

US Equestrian


Inkstables, LLC.


Kerrits Equestrian Apparel

C4- Belts

Westfield Whip

Perri’s Leather

Dressage Today

15h Horseware


Horse of Course


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