I have a new respect for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, its leaders, volunteers, coaches, riders and parents. It’s been a long time since I’ve left a competition feeling so inspired by the people I met, the talent I witnessed and the dedication that so many had for the horse and horsemanship. I enjoyed so many great interviews that I wish I could dedicate an entire magazine to them rather than one relatively short article.
Over the years, I’ve heard many people speak negatively about the IHSA and its programs. I’m grateful that I was able to experience IHSA Nationals firsthand so I could draw my own conclusions—and it was most definitely positive.