BHC hunt seat riders ranked No. 2 in region

Congratulations to the Black Hawk College Hunt Seat Equestrian Team for finishing Fall 2022 ranked No. 2 in the region!

13 hunt seat riders standing in arena
Fall 2002 BHC Hunt Seat Equestrian Team members Joely Craver, Kayla Schroeder, Eilish O’Rourke, Cheyanne Montano, Abbigail Froelich, Kurstin Walker, McKenna Konvicka, Kaili Weiner, Amy Hoffman, Sarah Alarie, Katie Aeschbach, Kylee Larson and Abby Schuning

BHC riders competed in five Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) shows against a dozen four-year schools from across the Midwest. Black Hawk College is the only two-year school in Zone 7 Region 5 and is a relative newcomer to hunt seat competitions – the college’s hunt seat program began in Fall 2018.

“This has been a wonderful semester for the Hunt Seat Show Team,” said Selena Finn, coach and equestrian science instructor. “From the absolute best students and historical athletic moments to the remarkable passion that fuels this team.”

Hunt seat riders compete in seven divisions depending on their level of riding experience. Classes consist of riding on the flat (riders execute specific gaits on the rail) and over fences (riders exhibit their horse’s skill over an elevated jump). Riders who place in the top six in their class accumulate points individually as well as for the team.

In Spring 2023, BHC hunt seat riders will compete in two regular shows then host a Regional show all in one weekend.

“I am looking forward to finishing the season strong in the spring,” Finn said.

Here are the individual rider placings for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale IHSA Horse Shows two-day show Oct. 1-2. Out of 12 teams, the BHC Hunt Seat Equestrian Team was the Reserve Champion High Point Team for the second show and Abby Schuning tied for overall High Point rider.

Introductory Flat Division

Kayla Schroeder of North Liberty, IA

  • Show 1 – 2nd
  • Show 2 – 6th

McKenna Konvicka of Havana, IL

  • Show 1 – 2nd
  • Show 2 – 1st

Abbigail Froelich of Muscatine, IA

  • Show 1 – 1st
  • Show 2 – 1st

Sarah Alarie of Downs, IL

  • Show 1 – 6th

Joely Craver of Greenville, IL

  • Show 1 – 1st
  • Show 2 – 2nd

Katie Aeschbach of Black Earth, WI

  • Show 1 – 2nd

Kaili Weiner of Ontonagon, MI

  • Show 1 – 5th
  • Show 2 – 6th

Limit Flat Division

Cheyanne Montano of New Lenox, IL

  • Show 1 – 6th
  • Show 2 – 5th

Limit Over Fences Division

Cheyanne Montano

  • Show 1 – 4th
  • Show 2 – 1st

Intermediate Flat Division

Abby Schuning of Caledonia, IL

  • Show 1 – 5th
  • Show 2 – 2nd

Intermediate Fences Division

Abby Schuning

  • Show 1 – 6th
  • Show 2 – 1st

Here are the Missouri State University IHSA Horse Shows accumulated placings from the two-day/three-show competition Nov. 5-6.

Introductory Flat Division

Kayla Schroeder

  • Show 1 – 1st
  • Show 2 – 2nd

McKenna Konvicka

  • Show 1 – 2nd
  • Show 2 – 1st
  • Show 3 – 2nd

Abbigail Froelich

  • Show 1 – 3rd
  • Show 2 – 2nd
  • Show 3 – 2nd

Novice Flat Division

Sarah Alarie

  • Show 1 – 3rd
  • Show 2 – 2nd

Kylee Larson of Beloit, WI

  • Show 1 – 4th
  • Show 2 – 2nd

Joely Craver

  • Show 1 – 3rd
  • Show 2 – 2nd

Katie Aeschbach

  • Show 1 – 1st
  • Show 2 – 3rd

Kurstin Walker of Gentry, AR

  • Show 1 – 3rd

Limit Flat Division

Cheyanne Montano

  • Show 1 – 1st
  • Show 2 – 4th

Eilish O’Rourke of Beecher, IL

  • Show 1 – 2nd
  • Show 2 – 4th
  • Show 3 – 3rd

Limit Over Fences Division

Cheyanne Montano

  • Show 1 – 4th
  • Show 2 – 4th
  • Show 3 – 1st

Eilish O’Rourke

  • Show 1 – 4th
  • Show 2 – 5th
  • Show 3 – 5th

Intermediate Flat Division

Abby Schuning

  • Show 1 – 1st
  • Show 2 – 3rd
  • Show 3 – 1st

Intermediate Fences Division

Abby Schuning

  • Show 1 – 3rd
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