2011-12 Headlines

April 26, 2012
Pioneers Finish Third at IHSA Zone 2 Championship
The Sacred Heart Equestrian team traveled to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY to compete in IHSA Zone 2 Championships. The judge for the day was Scott Hofstetter of Ocala, Florida. Competing for the SHUET in Individual competition were sophomore Allie Buccos in Novice Flat, placing ninth, and freshman Cortney Sevigny in Novice Fences, placing fourth.

April 4, 2012
SHU Rides at IHSA Regional Championships
The Sacred Heart Pioneers traveled to scenic Mystic, Ct. last weekend to compete at IHSA Regional Championships hosted by Connecticut College at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club and judged by Lesley Woodworth. Six members of the Pioneers qualified to compete in individual competition.

April 4, 2012
SHU's Buchanan Rides at IHSA Western Semifinal
Senior Brian Buchanan (Troy, NY), accompanied by Head Coach Tiffany Hajdasz and Assistant Coach McAllister, travelled to Findlay Ohio to compete in IHSA Western Semi Final Championships hosted by the University of Findlay. Buchanan competed against 13 athletes in the Advanced Horsemanship class.

March 13, 2012
The Equestrian Team Makes History for the Second Time this Season
The Sacred Heart Equestrian team made history earlier this season when they posted the program's first-ever perfect score at the Wesleyan University IHSA competition on November 12, 2011. The team made history again this past weekend when for the first time in the program's 20 year history, the Pioneers won a Regional Title.

March 13, 2012
Senior Brian Buchanan Qualifies for IHSA Western Semifinals
Sacred Heart senior Brian Buchanan will be traveling to the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio on March 24th to compete in Advanced Horsemanship at the IHSA Western Semifinals.

March 2, 2012
Pioneers Qualify for IHSA Regional finals.
The Sacred Heart Equestrian team had eight riders qualify for the IHSA Regional Finals in the coming weeks.

March 2, 2012
Pioneers Compete in IHSA Competition at CCSU
On a cold day with glimmers of sunshine and a blustering wind the Sacred Heart Equestrian Team traveld to Windcrest Farm in Hebron, CT to compete in IHSA competition hosted by Central Connecticut State. The judge for the day was Ann Jamieson. The Pioneers had a successful day with senior Abbie Britton placing fourth in the Open Flat and junior Devan Beaulieu placing sixth in the event.

February 28, 2012
Pioneers Take on South Dakota State and Compete in Zone 2, Region 5 IHSA Competition
On a beautiful spring like day on February 19th, the Sacred Heart Pioneers took on Fairfield University & Zone 2, Region 5 in IHSA competition and also hosted South Dakota State University in NCEA competition.

February 17, 2012
Pioneers Compete in IHSA Event at Coast Guard Academy
The Sacred Heart University Equestrian Team traveled to Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, CT to compete in an IHSA competition hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Feburary 4th. In Open Fences, Senior Abbie Britton placed 3rd, while both Senior Brian Buchanan and Sophomore Jocelyn Alfieri placed 5th in their section. Senior Adrianna Dattoli and Sophomore Allie Buccos placed 2nd in their section of Intermediate Fences. In Open Flat, Dattoli and Junior Devan Beaulieu placed 4th and Britton placed 2nd. Buccos took 1st place in Intermediate Flat.

February 13, 2012
SHU Western Teams in Action Over the Weekend
The Sacred Heart University equestrian western team was in action on Saturday February 11th, competing in two competitions at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Junior Emma Joseph started the competition for the Pioneers earning 2nd place in the walk-jog class.

February 6, 2012
Pioneers Compete at Delaware State
On January 28, 2012 the Sacred Heart University Equestrian Team travelled to Delaware State University in Dover DE to compete in NCAA competition. Sacred Heart started off the day strong with Senior Abbie Britton and Freshman Cortney Sevigny both winning their points in Equitation Over Fences.

January 18, 2012
Pioneers to Participate in the 3rd Annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge
The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (formerly Varsity Equestrian) is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge to be held at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. The finals of the event will take place on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the International Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

January 10, 2012
National Collegiate Equestrian Association Created
In effort to further advance equestrian to a NCAA championship sport, the entity formally known as Varsity Equestrian has established an association to become the voice for the sport of equestrian within college athletics. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) was founded to be the catalyst for growth of varsity level equestrian competition.

November 28, 2011
SHU Equestrian Ends Fall in First Place
The Sacred Heart Equestrian Team remains in first place after the last competition of the fall semester. After competing at UConn on November 19th, the team ended the fall semester 19 points ahead and has set their sights high for the remaining competition season.

November 18, 2011
SHU Equestrian Fan Shop Open for the Holidays!
The Sacred Heart Department of Athletics and Sacred Heart Equestrian are pleased to announce the opening of the online Sacred Heart Equestrian Fan Shop, which has Sacred Heart Equestrian-specific apparel available for purchase now.

November 17, 2011
Pioneers Compete at UMass
The Sacred Heart University Western Equestrian Team traveled to University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA on November 12th for an IHSA Western show.

November 16, 2011
Historic Day for SHU Equestrian at Wesleyan
It was a special day for the Pioneers, but as they stepped onto Wesleyan’s home turf in the morning, they had no idea just how special it was going to be. The show started strong when senior captains Brian Buchanan and Abbie Britton won their open jumping and open flat classes in convincing fashion, keeping the pioneers at a perfect score of 14 through two classes.

November 15, 2011
Equestrian Team Hosts New Mexico State University and Southern Methodist University
The Sacred Heart University Equestrian Team played host to New Mexico State University on Thursday, October 20th and Southern Methodist University on Sunday, October 23rd, both at the River’s Edge Farm in Bethany CT.

October 11, 2011
Equestrian Team Competed at Post University's Lee's Stables Saturday
The Sacred Heart University Equestrian Team traveled to Post University’s Lee’s Riding Stable Inc. in Litchfield, CT for their second competition of the season.

October 6, 2011
Equestrian Team Reserve Champions in First Show of the Season
On Sunday October 2, 2011 the new-look Pioneers, doubling the size of their roster from last semester, competed at their first show of the season at Mystic Valley Hunt Club.