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Lake Erie College's Equine Studies Program is your first step on the road to success.  The broad-based liberal arts foundation that Lake Erie College provides, combined with a major program of study, is the best preparation for any career.  Students learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and develop a sense of confidence that promotes leadership skills.


Equestrian Teams

Our competitive equestrian teams include:

  • IHSA Hunt Seat Team
  • IHSA Western Team
  • IDA Dressage Team

English IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association)

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team for Lake Erie College participates with other colleges in Hunt Seat Equitation competitions. Riders draw for horses and compete on the flat or over fences. Since there is no warm-up period for the rider on their chosen horse, IHSA competitions are a true test of both equitation and horsemanship. Lake Erie College’s IHSA English national caliber team competes at an average of 8 horse shows per year. The shows are hosted by teams in the region, with many being held at either Lake Erie College or the University of Findlay. A typical show will have over 175 competitors in divisions ranging from Walk-Trot to Open Over Fences.

Lake Erie College is consistently at the top in intercollegiate competition. Our team boasts many titles including High Point Champion and Reserve High Point Champion team. Our team members have also displayed much individual success. Lake Erie College has had continued success in producing candidates for the Cacchione Cup, yielding the Regional High Point Cacchione Cup riders in 2010, 2011 and 2014 and the Regional Reserve High Point Cacchione Cup rider in 2013. In 2014 we had several National Qualifiers make the trip to IHSA Nationals in Harrisburg, Pa. Our alumni rider brought home the National Reserve Champion title in alumni flat and our Zone 6, Region 1 Cacchione Cup rider ended 17th in the Nation.

The equestrian team has approximately 40 members. The focus for all riders is on honing their riding and competition skills, developing strong "catch riding” skills, and being a compassionate, thinking horse person.

Our team is comprised of riders who share a strong work ethic and a winning attitude.

"I am really excited about the team this year. We have some very experienced, returning team members and a wonderful group of freshmen. Everyone is enthusiastic and working hard to improve their skills. We are looking forward to an excellent season."

Sara Schreckengost
Co-Captain English IHSA team
Class of 2014
Major: Teacher/Trainer
Minor: Business Administration

"I have high aspirations for our team,
and I love being able to positively
influence other members of our team
to do well and promote teamwork.”

Chelsie Stair
Co-Captain English IHSA team
Class of 2014
Major: Teacher/Trainer

"My goal for our team this year is to
qualify as a team for Regionals,
then move on to Zones and Nationals!”

Western IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association)

The Western IHSA team has weekly practices either at the school or at a nearby farm. The team competes at western horse shows throughout the school year in Horsemanship or Reining classes. We welcome new riders that want to try the western discipline.

In the past several years, the team had seven riders qualify for Regionals. In the past eight years, our team has sent riders to Regionals, semi-finals and Nationals.

"I really enjoy working with the students at Lake Erie College. I love teaching them a new discipline. It is so rewarding to see them work towards individual goals and succeed. I am working towards taking some individuals to Nationals this year.”
Western IHSA Coach Stephanie Steiner

Samantha Parlapiano
President Western IHSA team
Class of 2014
Major: Equestrian Facilities Management
with a concentration in Stud Farm Management

"Sam looks forward to a great show season
with the new and returning members."

IDA (Intercollegiate Dressage Association)

As the 2011 Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Champion, the Lake Erie College Dressage team is continuing its winning tradition as a national powerhouse. The team consists of students from all levels of ability interested in learning more about the sport of dressage, including riding, training, and showing. Each team member practices weekly in preparation for shows hosted throughout Michigan and Ohio.

In 2013 Lake Erie College IDA finishes the season as the Regional Reserve Champion Team. In 2012 the team placed sixth nationally and in 2009 the team placed seventh nationally out of the 42 teams in IDA. The Lake Erie College IDA team was National Champion in 2005 and Reserve National Champion in 2006. Over the past several years Lake Erie College has sent four regional champions to compete individually and has won individual Division High Point Rider awards.


"Riding is a sport and an art that teaches a person the lessons of respect, humility, compassion and discipline. Dressage takes the lessons even farther in that the horse’s well-being is of the utmost priority. Dressage as taught by the Masters over the past thousand years is a form of three-dimensional art that promotes and protects the horse’s natural beauty and prolongs his usable life.”


Tricia Miller
President IDA team
Class of 2014
Major: Teacher/Trainer

"Tricia has high hopes that our team will
compete at Nationals this year and would
also like to earn the individual title of
Region Champion."

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