Lake Erie College equestrian teams continue to build national reputation
(May 15, 2009) – The Lake Erie College Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) rode to success this spring with both teams sending riders to their respective national competitions.
Kate Hannemen, Chrissy Nemeth and Katherine Hodakievic traveled with head coach Mary Pardee to compete the IHSA National Championship Show, held April 23-26 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Hannemen, a freshman equine teacher/trainer from Twinsburg, Ohio, took fifth in the Novice Flat division of the national competition. Earlier in the year, she placed fifth at the Tournament of Champions, was the Novice Regional Champion and the Novice Zone Finals Reserve Champion.
Sophomore Nemeth, an early childhood education major from Mayfield, Ohio, took the ninth place spot at nationals in her second year of IHSA English riding.
Hodakievic’s placed in the top 18, becoming the first Lake Erie student to qualify at both English and Western Nationals. This was the senior’s second trip to nationals as she competed last year placing seventh. She is a biology major from Madison, Ohio.
The IDA team had four representatives compete at Nationals April 15-17 at The University of Findlay after winning the Regional Championships. Team representatives included seniors Anna Bolter and Mandy Williams, as well as sophomore Amy Ertas and freshman Megan Marcinkewicz.
The team, coached by Barb Soukup and Chelsea Olsen, placed seventh overall, out of 42 teams involved in IDA nationwide. In addition to qualifying as a team, Bolter and Williams qualified individually as well.
Bolter took fourth in First Level with 65.8 percent and Williams placing 10th in the Training Level with a 63.2 percent.