May 2, 2019

IHSA Championships to Feature an Equine Career and College Fair at State Fairgrounds Expo Center

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People attending the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships at the New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center will have an opportunity to explore educational and career opportunities in the equine industry. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County and the IHSA are partnering to offer a College and Career Fair on Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Expo Center. Registration is free and is available here.

The event begins with a presentation on college selection, which will cover colleges and universities with equine degree programs as well as those schools that have riding teams. Attendees are then free to visit with staff, coaches and students from the colleges and universities taking part in the Career and College Fair. Schools participating at present include:

• Alfred University

• Black Hawk College

• Cazenovia College

• Centenary University

• Le Moyne College

• Miami University of Ohio

• Morehead State University

• Morrisville State College

• Oswego State University

• Sacred Heart University

• Skidmore College

• Sweet Briar College


• University of Findlay

The event concludes with a panel discussion by industry professionals at 12:45 p.m. focusing on careers in the equine industry.

The Career and College Fair is a highlight of the IHSA National Championship, being held for the first time at the New York State Fairgrounds. The Championship brings more than 450 collegiate riders together to decide the nation’s best hunter seat and Western riders. They have competed throughout the season to qualify for the championship. Four-time Olympic medalist Beezie Madden of Madison County is a former winner of one of the event’s top prizes, the USFE/Cacchione Cup.

Admission to the IHSA event, which takes place Thursday – Sunday beginning at 8 a.m., is free. The event will also be streamed live with free registration, here.

The IHSA National Championship is a highlight of the Fairgrounds’ 29-event horse shows season and one of a number of new events taking place in the new Expo Center, the largest clear-span building north of New York City between Boston and Cleveland. The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available here.