FAIRFIELD, Conn.– Sacred Heart University senior Cariann Johnson was selected by the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) to showcase her equitation on an international stage at Longines Masters New York. The inaugural IHSA Metropolitan Equitation Invitational will be held April 26 at NYCB Live, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Uniondale, New York, at 3 p.m.
"It is an honor for Cariann to be invited to participate in the Inaugural Metropolitan Equitation Invitational at Longines Masters New York. As one of 25 riders invited nationwide, it an acknowledgement of Cariann's style and skill as well as a reflection of the success of the equestrian program at SHU" said SHU Head Coach Tiffany Hajdasz.
Johnson has had an impressive season as she was named the Zone 1 Cacchione Cup Rider at the IHSA Zone Championships that took place on April, 6, 2019. The team as a whole was able to place second at the Zone Championships sending the team to the IHSA National Championships for the first time in program history.
The IHSA Metropolitan Equitation Invitational features talented collegiate equestrians who compete in the Cacchione Cup and Open divisions of the IHSA. The participants draw to compete aboard horses, sight-unseen, on the flat and over a course of fences and will be judged on the riders' effectiveness, style and form. First, the riders compete over fences and the top 12 return to be judged on the flat.
"This is a great opportunity for her to compete in a world class event where she will be competing against the same riders she will face next week in Syracuse at the IHSA National Championship. Horses for the event are being donated by college programs as well as area professionals. Riders will be selecting a horse by random draw and will be compete in equipment provided by the horse providers and without any practice or warmup time" Hajdasz added.
Johnson and the rest of the Hunt Seat Squad will return to action at the IHSA National Championships beginning on Thursday, May 2 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, N.Y.