It was another successful fall for the Goucher College equestrian team as it finished first in six of its last seven shows. The Goucher equestrian program finished eighth at the 2017 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association's (IHSA) National Horse Show, marking the sixth consecutive year the Gophers have finished in the national top 10 at the event.
The team's level of play will soon be matched by state-of-the-art facilities, as Goucher has partnered with the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) to bring the industry to campus. The MHBA relocated its offices to Goucher’s campus a year ago as the College developed an 18-acre intercollegiate equestrian center that will be anchored by the MHBA. The project will feature new barns, indoor and outdoor rings, equine classrooms, a museum, and a library. Goucher currently offers an equine studies minor.
In addition to finishing eighth at the IHSA Show, Goucher's equestrian team was named the 2017 American National Riding Commission (ANRC) Reserve Champion in the Novice Division—the first time the Gophers have earned the honor.
“Consistency has been so key with this team,” said Goucher College Equestrian Director Jen Smith. “They are a great blend of talent, discipline, and dedication. Qualifying for the National Championships six years in a row is truly remarkable, and winning our first reserve National Championship this year was a very special highlight. I’m extremely excited for the future of Goucher Equestrian.”
The Goucher equestrian team continues its season this semester and will host the Zone IV Region I Finals on campus in March.