Equine Studies Program
Intercollegiate Dressage Association
The College of Central Florida participates in intercollegiate dressage shows in Region J against the University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida and University of North Florida. Intercollegiate dressage is similar to IHSA in that the host college provides horses and tack and the team draws horses at random. Unlike IHSA, dressage riders get a 10 minute warm-up on their horse prior to riding the dressage test. A team consists of 4 riders, competing at First Level, Upper Training Level, Lower Training Level and Intro Level.
The team is coached by Dr. Downer, who in addition to being Professor and Program Manager of Equine Studies, is also a USEF “r” dressage judge and an active competitor. She holds the USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals and currently is showing Wunderbar at FEI Levels. Anna Toomey is the assistant coach.
This was our best year yet. Our team won high point or reserve high point at 4 out of 6 shows, resulting in a trip to Nationals at Mount Holyoke College. We placed 4th out of 12 teams and were the only 2-year college competing at Nationals. We also were the highest placing non-riding college. Our team at Nationals was Dominique Ferguson at First Level, Rebecca Quinn at Upper Training, Samantha Cooper at Lower Training and Amy Neale at Intro Level. Also competing during this season were Monica Grove at Upper Training and Sarah Clausen at Intro Level.
College of Central Florida finished this season as reserve high point team and two individuals were named high point for the region, earning a trip to Nationals, held at Centenary College. Jenna Detandt represented us in First Level and Allison Loe represented us at Lower Training Level. Jenna placed 10th and Allie placed 6th. Shortly after National Championships, Jenna was selected by USDF to participate in the Dream Tour for Young Riders. She toured Europe meeting many famous trainers and horses, including Totilas!
College of Central Florida had a highly successful initial year competing in IDA. Elliot Blackmon was high point rider at First Level and represented us at the National Championships at the University of Florida. She placed 4th. We also hosted our first intercollegiate dressage show, using Dr. Downer’s Swedish Warmblood gelding, Nimbus, for a great team shot.