The University of New Hampshire is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and competes in the competitive Zone I, Region 2, against other schools from the northeast. IHSA is a unique form of team equestrian competition in which each competitor draws a horse provided by the host school before their ride; no schooling or warm-up of that horse by the rider is allowed. IHSA tests each rider’s equitation ability to quickly and accurately assess their mount and ride it to the best of their ability. Teams are comprised of riders from beginners up to the Medal/Maclay level. The point card consists of Open, Intermediate, Limit, Novice, Pre-Novice, and Introductory levels where each score counts equally. If the team has the most points at the end of the season they advance to compete as a team at Zone and National competitions. Riders also accrue individual points and may qualify to compete at the Regional, Zone, and National Championships.
Tryouts for UNH IHSA are held once per year at the beginning of the Fall semester. Membership is open to full-time undergraduate students at the University of New Hampshire or the Thompson School of Applied Science. Riders must be enrolled in ANSC 402 (Horsemanship) or have taken the course at least twice previously to be eligible to try out. Incoming freshmen who are interested in trying out for the team are strongly encouraged to enroll in the earliest orientation session possible to increase their chances of getting a slot in ANSC 402 during their first semester.
The UNH Equestrian Team is entirely self-funded, and members are required to complete fundraising obligations for each semester. Also, riders must pay to join the IHSA each academic year.
This year, Haley Eagan joins us as Head Coach of the UNH IHSA Team! She is excited to promote horsemanship, sportsmanship, and some awesome results in the show ring with her riders. Eagan is a New Hampshire native; she grew up riding and training in the hunter/jumper industry throughout New England—from the pony rings to the junior equitation and medal divisions..
Over the years, her passion for working with horses and competing grew. She is an alumni of Cazenovia College, where she competed on the Varsity Hunter Seat IHSA team all four years and served as captain for three years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Management with a Specialization in Equine Business Management. Post-graduation to the present day, Eagan is deeply immersed in the hands-on sector of the equine industry. She has worked and competed for several operations up and down the east coast as an FEI barn manager, rider, and an instructor. In 2022, Eagan returned to her Southern NH roots where she lives with her husband, Matthew, and Corgi, Remi. She owns and operates her own training and sales business (Northern Bell Equestrian) in the area where her and her clients actively compete in at hunter/jumper rated competitions.
2023-2024 Competition Schedule
- 10/07/2023 at University of Vermont
- 10/08/2023 at Middlebury College
- 10/29/2023 at Colby Sawyer College
- 11/12/2023 at University of New Hampshire
2022-2023 Season Recap
Throughout the season the team never placed lower than 4th (without a full point chart) and winning the last regular show of the season. Ending the year placing as the RESERVE CHAMPION Regional Team.
For regional competition we had 7 UNH student-rider athletes compete, all place in the top six spots and having 2 REGIONAL CHAMPION riders and 2 RESERVE CHAMPION REGIONAL riders.
For the Zone 1 Championship we had 3 UNH student-rider athletes compete, all place in the top 10 spots, and coming home with one rider advancing on to Nationals by placing as the RESERVE CHAMPION in the Limit Equitation on the Flat division. Full results are as followed:
Sophie Shields (Sophomore): RESERVE CHAMPION in the Limit Equitation on the Flat
Olivia McCarren (Senior): THIRD PLACE in Intermediate Equitation Over Fences, SIXTH PLACE in Intermediate on the Flat
Kyah Woodland (Junior): TENTH PLACE in Intermediate on the Flat
For the National IHSA Championships sophomore Sophie Shields competed at the prestigious Kentucky Horse Park and placed NINTH IN THE NATION for the Limit Equitation on the Flat.
Coach Haley Eagan
- (Captain) Kyah Woodland - Senior
- Sophia Pagliazzo - Senior
- Carolyn Dixon - Senior
- Ashtyn Myers - Senior
- Bella Williams - Senior
- (Captain) Sophie Shields - Junior
- Brooke Adams - Junior
- Erin LaCross - Junior
- Kathleen Francione - Junior
- Amanda White - Junior
- Becca LaFrance - Sophomore
- Catherine Ling - Sophomore
- Rowan Grzeskiewicz-O'Neill - Sophomore
- Ryan Moran - Sophomore
- Loralei Kyes - Sophomore
- Samantha Bhacka - Sophomore
- Sydney Irons - Freshman
- Kaitlin Farell - Freshman
- Rebecca Hopkins - Freshman
- 2022-2023 Regional Reserve Champion Team
- 2021 Athletic Equestrian League Reserve Champion National Team
- 2020 Regional Champion Team
- 2016 Regional Reserve Champion Team
- 2015 Regional Reserve Champion Team
- 2014 Regional Reserve Champion Team
- 2013 Regional Champion Team, Zone I Reserve Champion Team, 10th Place IHSA Nationals (Harrisburg, PA)
- 2012 Regional Champion Team, 3rd Place Zone I Championships
- 2011 Regional Champion Team, Zone I Reserve Champion Team, 10th Place IHSA Nationals (Lexington, KY)
- 2010 Regional Reserve Champion Team
- 2009 Regional Reserve Champion Team