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Wilson College students qualify for regional equestrian competition

March 28, 2012
  • From left, C.J. Giacomini, Jessica Middleberg, Allie Veach and hunt seat team coach Gina Hall recently went to the regional competition of the International Horse Show Association, representing Wilson College.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Three Wilson College equestrian students competed at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association regional competition Saturday, March 17, at Briarwood Farm in Readington, N.J.

The students, all members of Wilson’s hunt seat riding team, are:

• Allie Veach, class of 2014, of Philadelphia (undeclared major)

• Jessica Middleberg, class of 2014, of Mount Laurel, N.J. (undeclared major)

• Christina “C.J.” Giacomini, Class of 2012, of South Bound Brooke, N.J. (equestrian studies and English)

Middleberg won the walk/trot class and will go on to compete in the zone competition to be held today at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa.

Giacomini placed fifth in the intermediate flat class and sixth in the intermediate over-fences class.

Veach competed in the advanced walk/trot/canter class but did not place.

The students’ achievement in reaching regionals is quite an accomplishment, according to John Tukey, director of equestrian studies.

Tukey said unlike the National Collegiate Athletics Association, where schools compete against others of similar size, ISHA competitions pit riders from institutions of all sizes. For example, Wilson College competes against institutions such as Penn State.

Hunt seat is an English riding style that includes riding over jumps at higher levels.

Riders accumulate points in their division to qualify for regionals. The top two riders in each division compete in zone competitions, and the top two in each division at zones go on to nationals.

Wilson’s hunt seat team is coached by Gina Hall.

For more information, contact Tukey at 717-264-4141, ext. 3296, or john.tukey@wilson.edu.

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