Alfred University Equestrian Center

Alfred University Equestrian Center With four equestrian teams, classes, boarders and horse shows, there's always something going on at the AU equestrian center!
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Thanks to the generosity of Alfred University Trustee Rob Daggett '81, Catherine Bromeley Daggett '58, and Peter '67 and Maris Cuneo, AU has a state-of-the-art equestrian facility that opened in August 2005. Thanks to a generous donation from Maris Cuneo, a new 60' x 120' pole barn (clear span) with an overhang for equipment storage has been added to the facility. The barn is being used primarily for hay storage and the rest of the space will be available to set up stalls to use for quarantine or for horse shows. Equine classes, student boarding, varsity and JV teams for both English and Western disciplines, clinics and horse shows are all offered. The spacious facility located on 400 acres is within a five-minute drive of campus. Although transportation is not provided by the University, students have no problem arranging for rides.The Equestrian Center has: offices classrooms viewing areas 200 x 80-foot indoor arena has wall mirrors as well as footing comprised of sand and crushed rubber two lighted outdoor arenas: 240 x 120 feet 120 x 90 feet 56 stalls accommodate: Over 40 university-owned horses 14 horses belonging to university students who want to board their own horses 28 electric camper hookups available for trailer parking 40 acres of turnout fields There are 5 miles of horseback trails winding through the woods and around Foster Lake, which is also owned by the University

05/08/2019
USEF Network

We so appreciate Bob Cacchione for what he has done for Intercollegiate Riding! He is truly a class act and Alfred University is proud to be a part of his organization, the IHSA. If you watch the video, there is a quick shot of Sissy in one of the horsemanship classes! #rideihsa

"They're building a team comraderie, and making lifelong friends..."

We caught up with Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Founder and Executive Director, Bob Cacchione, at IHSA Nationals over the weekend to learn more about their organization!

Sissy!!! This was her first Nationals and she was an absolute star!!!!
05/07/2019

Sissy!!! This was her first Nationals and she was an absolute star!!!!

Ohio State's riders dominated the Individual Beginner Western Horsemanship class as the school's Addie Anspaugh and Clara Young took both champion and reserve!
#rideihsa #collegiateriding #ihsa #ihsastrong #equestrian #competition #riding #horsebackriding #horseshow #western #loveourhorses

We are home from IHSA Nationals and we had such a great week!!! We are so very proud of Kristie Wagner for riding to a R...
05/06/2019

We are home from IHSA Nationals and we had such a great week!!! We are so very proud of Kristie Wagner for riding to a Reserve National Championship aboard our own Frank! She has overcome so much this semester and she continues to amaze us with her resilience, dedication, and talent. Haley Ruffner finished 14th in the AQHA High Point Rider competition, and Alumni rider Ellie Woznica was 3rd in her horsemanship class. Not to be outdone by our riders, our horses worked tirelessly and performed beautifully with Sarah and Sissy each carrying their riders to National Championships and Wyatt, Frank, and Sissy earning Reserve Championship titles. Shout out to our student volunteers who worked long days all week to keep everything running smoothly. We couldn't have done It without you! It truly is an honor to have such a talented group of horses and riders! #ausaxons #saxonnation #rideihsa

Everybody loves Frank!!!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’› #rideihsa
05/05/2019

Everybody loves Frank!!!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’› #rideihsa

Our Alumni rider Ellie Woznica waiting to do her pattern in Alumni Horsemanship. She had beautiful railwork. Good luck E...
05/04/2019

Our Alumni rider Ellie Woznica waiting to do her pattern in Alumni Horsemanship. She had beautiful railwork. Good luck Ellie!

The western division of the IHSA Nationals in underway! We haven't had any riders compete yet but yesterday our horses w...
05/04/2019

The western division of the IHSA Nationals in underway! We haven't had any riders compete yet but yesterday our horses were used in the Novice Team Horsemanship and Individual Open Horsemanship. All of the horses carried their riders to top ten finishes and we had four of the top five horses in the Open class. Our perfect, old man Wyatt was ridden to a Reserve National Championship! We are as proud of our horses as we are our riders! Today, we wish good luck to Haley Ruffner as she competes in the AQHA High Point Rider Rail class!

04/30/2019
Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association

We'll be heading out to Nationals with two individual riders, two alumni riders, and eleven horses today! Check out the video. Our boy Cliff is that handsome guy in the western horsemanship video and in the still shot with senior Vanessa Virgilio.

Nationals is in THREE DAYS!! Who else is just so excited to see what happens at Syracuse?? Anyway, check out this amazing new vid all about IHSA. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜Š
#rideihsa #collegiateriding #ihsa #ihsastrong #equestrian #competition #riding #horsebackriding #horseshow #western #horseshowlife #horsesofinstagram #equitation #loveourhorses

It's a cold and rainy day in Columbus, OH for the IEA Western Semi-Finals! We have our High School Team and three indivi...
04/14/2019

It's a cold and rainy day in Columbus, OH for the IEA Western Semi-Finals! We have our High School Team and three individual riders competing today. Good luck little Saxons!!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›

We'll, we've delayed putting this post up long enough! We've been avoiding it because in posting this, we must face that...
04/12/2019

We'll, we've delayed putting this post up long enough! We've been avoiding it because in posting this, we must face that our IHSA Hunt Seat season has come to an end. Last weekend, we competed at the IHSA Zone 2 Finals. Seniors Kendra Byrwa and Lauren Cole showed in the Intermediate Flat and Novice Flat, respectively. Both riders drew nice horses and had beautiful rides, and both earned very respectable 7th place honors. We are very proud of our riders and our horses, who fit in nicely with an impressive set of horses. This time of year is always difficult as another set of seniors prepares to move on and our show season dwindles away. We do enjoy looking back on what a fun, successful season it has been for both teams and now we are looking forward to IHSA Nationals, where we have two students, two alumni, and a whole bunch of horses competing!!! #gosaxons #saxonnation #rideihsa

We're on the road again!!! This weekend we are at Lehman Farms in Pittsford, NY. Today we are providing horses for the I...
04/06/2019

We're on the road again!!! This weekend we are at Lehman Farms in Pittsford, NY. Today we are providing horses for the IHSA Region 2 Hunt Seat Finals. Our beloved Nemo carried his Novice Fences rider to a Reserve Championship, qualifying her to ride at Nationals. Alfred University riders Kendra Byrwa and Lauren Cole as well as nine AU horses will be competing tomorrow in the Zone 2 Championships. We know that they all will make us proud!!! #gosaxons #rideihsa

Wow, so much to say about this weekend! Yesterday, we finished up our first ever IDA Dressage season at the Penn State I...
04/01/2019

Wow, so much to say about this weekend! Yesterday, we finished up our first ever IDA Dressage season at the Penn State IDA show. We had a great day with solid rides and good placings from all of our riders. We have had such a great experience with IDA this year and we have had so much fun, we can't wait to expand our dressage program next year!
Today, our Western IEA teams competed at our Regional Finals in Houghton, NY. We are proud to say that our High School Team and three individual riders have qualified to move on to one of only two IEA Western Semi Finals held in the country in Columbus, OH next month.
Additionally, our IEA regional banquet was held last night in Cuba, NY. Our middle school team was High Point Team for the Region and Abby Hurd was named High Point Middle School Rider. Our high school team was also 4th place in the Region . Too many of our riders to list were at the top of their divisions in the year end standings (at least not in this post ๐Ÿ˜‰). We're so proud of all of our Saxons and Little Saxons! Congratulations to all! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›

Another busy day for Alfred University Equestrian Teams! Today our High School and Middle School Western IEA teams are c...
03/31/2019

Another busy day for Alfred University Equestrian Teams! Today our High School and Middle School Western IEA teams are competing at the Region 2 Championships at the beautiful Houghton College Equestrian Center. Both teams are competing as well as 9 individual riders. Good luck to all!!!

03/30/2019

Taylor Zlotek Introductory Level Test

03/30/2019

Bethany Sexton Lower Training Level Test 1

03/30/2019

Jamie Klein Lower Training Level Test 1

03/30/2019
03/30/2019

Grace Hiltunen

03/30/2019

Our first ride of the day at the IDA Dressage show at Penn State. Captain Itan riding Upper Level Test 1.

The Academic Equestrian: Teamwork | HORSE NATION
03/24/2019
The Academic Equestrian: Teamwork | HORSE NATION

The Academic Equestrian: Teamwork | HORSE NATION

...makes the dream work. After a long weekend at my last IHSA Semi-Finals, I want to reflect on what made my collegiate riding experience memorable: watch...

03/23/2019

Introductory Level DSE Taylor Zlotek

03/23/2019

Lower Training Level DSE Jess Henry

03/23/2019

JessTenBrink Introductory Level B

03/23/2019

Haley Ruffner Lower Training Level Test 1

03/23/2019

Dressage Seat Equitation Grace Hiltunen Upper Training Level

03/23/2019

Dressage Seat Equitation First Level

03/23/2019

Danielle Kriemelmeyer Training Level Test 3

03/23/2019
03/23/2019

Changing gears today...we are at an IDA dressage show Centenary University in New Jersey. Good luck team!!! #gosaxons #IDA

Our Alfred IEA team had an amazing experience at zones last weekend at Old Salem Farms where we had two individual rider...
03/21/2019

Our Alfred IEA team had an amazing experience at zones last weekend at Old Salem Farms where we had two individual riders and the middle school team compete. All of our riders rode beautifully and together we came home with some awesome ribbons! Mia Perry, Ashley Wolfe, Olivia Hepinger, and Ali Hurd all rode beautifully and we couldnโ€™t be any more proud๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›

We are home from IHSA Western Semi-Finals and although we may not have had quite the success that we had hoped for from ...
03/19/2019

We are home from IHSA Western Semi-Finals and although we may not have had quite the success that we had hoped for from a competition standpoint, we feel that we have come home with something more valuable. As coaches, it's too easy to get caught up in placings and points. Sometimes we forget to notice the things that are more important, things like camaraderie, determination, friendship, support, and selflessness. At our Regional Finals show, Advanced Horsemanship rider Kristie Wagner won her class, qualifying her to ride at the Western Semi-Finals. Just a few days later, she was kicked by a horse badly enough that she spent three days in the ICU with a bruised lung and a severe laceration on her liver. Thankfully, she did not have to have surgery, but the possibility of her showing at semis, less than three weeks away, was slim. Not one to give up easily, Kristie stayed positive and hopeful and was an excellent patient. She had overwhelming support from her family, friends, teammates and coaches. She's tiny but tough, and on Friday, the day before she was to show, she was given medical clearance to ride. She held nothing back in the ring on Saturday and rode with the grace and determination of someone who truly loves the sport. The cheering from her team was overwhelming as they announced Kristie's name as Semi Finals Champion, earning her a ride at IHSA Nationals. The other half of this story comes about because when Kristie was hurt, the initial news was that she could not ride for 12-16 weeks. Thinking that she would not be riding at semis, they moved the next rider in line, Sydney Popovski, into her place for the Advanced class at Semi-Finals. Sydney attended all remaining practices and happily cut her Spring Break short to fit in an extra practice and travel to Findlay with her teammates. When against all odds, Kristie was cleared to show Sydney, with the graciousness and maturity of someone well beyond her years, stepped aside to allow Kristie to show in the Advanced Horsemanship class. Sydney was the most supportive teammate, smiling and supporting her friends all weekend, in spite of the disappointment that she must have felt. As coaches and educators, this is the real stuff. Success in the show ring is great, but watching our students grow into responsible, caring young adults is just as rewarding. We are proud everyday of every one of our riders and feel that it is an honor and a privilege to coach them.
Additionally, at Semi-Finals, the team earned 5th place in the team competition. Kristie and Alumni riders Ellie Woznica and Lexi Buckheit will be moving on to Nationals. Haley Ruffner was 8th in Open Reining. Julie Barr was 5th in Intermediate Horsemanship and Vanessa Virgilio was 5th in Beginner Horsemanship. The competition was super tough and every ride we had was amazing and every ribbon was hard earned. Congratulations everyone! It was a great weekend!!!

03/16/2019

Wishing good luck to our teams today as the IHSA Western team competes at the semifinals in Findlay, OH and the IEA Hunt Seat team competes at the Zone Finals Old Salem Farms in North Salem, NY. Good luck everyone! #gosaxons

We had a wonderful day at the IHSA Hunt Seat Regional Finals on Sunday! Our very own Jig carried Kendra Byrwa to a reser...
03/07/2019

We had a wonderful day at the IHSA Hunt Seat Regional Finals on Sunday! Our very own Jig carried Kendra Byrwa to a reserve championship and Lauren Cole to a championship, qualifying them both to compete at the IHSA Zone Finals in April. All of our regional qualifiers rode beautifully and our horses were perfect. Team captain Emma VanDyne was recognized for finishing 3rd in the Caccione Cup competition (presented by Bob himself) and that's an was recognized for our 3rd place finish in the Region for the year. As always, our teams make us very proud of their talent, dedication, and sportsmanship. Congratulations everyone! #rideihsa #gosaxons #saxonnation

IHSA Regionals is well under way! Great riding from all of our Open and Intermediate riders with Senior Captain Kendra B...
03/03/2019

IHSA Regionals is well under way! Great riding from all of our Open and Intermediate riders with Senior Captain Kendra Byrwa earning her spot at Zones! Good luck to the rest of our riders today! #rideIHSA #StyledByTheShowTrunk2 #shopHuntClub #C4equestrian #StyleMeetsSafety #OneKhelmets

Another whirlwind weekend for AU's equestrian teams! On Saturday, our hunt seat IEA team competed at the Zone 2 Region 1...
02/25/2019

Another whirlwind weekend for AU's equestrian teams! On Saturday, our hunt seat IEA team competed at the Zone 2 Region 1 Championships in Hamburg,NY. Our middle school team earned Reserve High Point Team honors qualifying them for the Zone Championships next month in North Salem,NY. Team riders are Ashley Wolfe, Olivia Hepinger, Ali Hurd, and Abby Hurd. Individual riders Mia Perry and Ashley Wolfe also qualified for Zones. Congratulations to our little Saxons!
On Sunday, we hosted the last regular season IHSA hunt seat show. We sure ended the season on a high note, ending up as High Point Team for the day and securing a third place finish in the Region for the year (unofficially). Through the driving rain, snow, and rattling barn our riders all had spectacular rides and the whole team, horses and all, made us incredibly proud! We now have nine riders qualified to compete in the Regional Championships next Sunday at Cornell University.
Congratulations and Good Luck to:
Emma VanDyne
Thomasina Zaengle
Kendra Byrwa
Grace Hiltunen
Lauren Cole
Julie Barr
Patricia Kirk
Kendall Sokolow
Vanessa Virgilio
It's been a great season!
Go Saxons!
#rideihsa #rideiea #gosaxons #saxonnation

Hunt Seat Equestrian Named High Point Team at Home - Alfred University Athletics
02/25/2019
Hunt Seat Equestrian Named High Point Team at Home - Alfred University Athletics

Hunt Seat Equestrian Named High Point Team at Home - Alfred University Athletics

The Alfred University hunt seat equestrian team was named the High Point Team at home Sunday and will head to Ithaca, NY to participate in the Zone 2 Region 1 Championships held at Cornell University. Nine AU riders earned a right to participate in 10 events at the regional championships.

02/23/2019

Wishing coach Heather D'Andrea and her IEA team good luck today as they compete at the Hunt Seat Regional Finals today in Hamburg, NY. Go little Saxons!

Well, it's Wednesday and I think we've finally come down from the weekend, but what a weekend it was! On Saturday, we ho...
02/20/2019

Well, it's Wednesday and I think we've finally come down from the weekend, but what a weekend it was! On Saturday, we hosted a home IHSA Hunt Seat Show. We had a great show, ending up as Reserve High Point team. We couldn't be happier with our riders and our horses. All day we had super rides and good placings, and we had five more riders qualify for Regional finals, giving us a total of nine regional qualifiers with one more home show to go.
On Sunday, we hosted the Western IHSA Regional Finals. Again, we had a very successful show, with our riders winning seven Regional Championships and one Reserve. We will be sending seven individual riders and two Alumni to compete at the IHSA Western Semi Finals in Findlay, OH next month. As Regional High Point Team, we will also compete in the team competition there. Congratulations to both teams and all of our riders! We are very proud of all of you!!

Hunt Seat Equestrian Finishes Second at Home - Alfred University Athletics
02/19/2019
Hunt Seat Equestrian Finishes Second at Home - Alfred University Athletics

Hunt Seat Equestrian Finishes Second at Home - Alfred University Athletics

The Alfred University hunt seat equestrian team finished second-of-13 teams at in the Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center at Maris Cuneo Equine Park on Saturday. The Saxons dominated the walk/trot/canter category with four riders finishing in the top-two spots.

We had another busy yet successful weekend at the Equestrian Center! We hosted our final two Western IEA shows of the ye...
02/11/2019

We had another busy yet successful weekend at the Equestrian Center! We hosted our final two Western IEA shows of the year and our riders were on fire! On Saturday, Alana Hill was the Reserve High Point High School Rider, Ali Hurd was the Reserve High Point Middle School Rider, and we were the High Point Middle School Team. On Sunday, Makenna Luckenbach was the High Point High School Rider, Ali Hurd was the Reserve High Point Middle School Rider, our High School Team was Reserve High Point, and the Middle School earned High Point Team honors again. There were blue ribbons and big smiles all weekend long! Both teams and 10 individual riders have qualified to compete in the Regional Championship show held at Houghton College Equestrian Center on March 31. Congratulations to all of our riders and a huge thank you to our AU students who worked so hard this weekend to make the show run so smoothly!

Western Equestrian Sends 21 Riders to IHSA Regionals - Alfred University Athletics
02/05/2019
Western Equestrian Sends 21 Riders to IHSA Regionals - Alfred University Athletics

Western Equestrian Sends 21 Riders to IHSA Regionals - Alfred University Athletics

Alfred University's Haley Ruffner (Allegany, NY/Allegany-Limestone) swept Saturday's High Point Rider honors leading the Saxons as the High Point Team in the Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center at Maris Cuneo Equine Park. Following both shows, 21 AU riders qualified for the ISHA Western Regionals.

A beautiful ending to a fantastic day at the Equestrian center! We finished our last two regular season IHSA western sho...
02/02/2019

A beautiful ending to a fantastic day at the Equestrian center! We finished our last two regular season IHSA western shows today. Alfred University completed the season with a clean sweep, winning high point team in every show. Haley Ruffner was also high point rider in every show this seaon. As regional high point rider, Haley is qualified to compete in the AQHA High Point Rider competition at the IHSA Nationals in May. The team, as regional champions, will compete at IHSA Western Semi-Finals in Findlay, OH in March. We have twenty two total riders qualified to compete individually at Regionals held here on February 17. It's been a great year! Congratulations everyone!!

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