FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Oct. 8, 2019 – The leadership of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) announced the first inductees for the IHSA Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame and candidates include people, horses and teams. Criteria for selection includes outstanding competitive achievement, exceptional contributions to the IHSA, success or significant impact in equestrian sport or the equestrian industry and any other honors. An induction ceremony will be held during the IHSA board meeting on Saturday, Jan. 4, in Orlando, Florida.
“We are so proud to announce this first group of inductees into the IHSA Hall of Fame,” said Peter Cashman, interim IHSA executive director. “We honor these legendary leaders for the impact they’ve had on collegiate and mainstream equestrian sports and for the good of the industry.”
Robert E. “Bob” Cacchione
Bob Cacchione, from Harrison, New York, and now Fairfield, Connecticut, founded the IHSA, the first official collegiate riding and competition organization, in 1967. With many as 250,000 men and women that have participated in the IHSA, he has made a profound impact on the equestrian world. Just 18 and a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, when he launched the program, he made the organization his life’s work and passion. He served as IHSA executive director for over 52 years. The organization now has over 400 participating colleges and universities and 10,000 members. Because the IHSA offers all levels of competition, from beginner through advanced, and offers college students a way to learn to how to ride, IHSA makes a significant contribution to the grassroots development of the equestrian sports.
Cacchione has been recognized for his commitment to college riding with the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award, the USHJA Presidents Distinguished Service Award, US Equestrian/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Centenary College and the Equine Industry Vision Award, sponsored by Zoetis and presented by American Horse Publications. He also serves as vice chairman of the Gentlemen’s Committee of the National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park. He retired from the executive director position in September 2019 and continues to promote the IHSA and serve as founder emeritus.
John H. “Jack” Fritz (1925-2012)
Jack Fritz was originally from Rockford, Illinois, and later from Gladstone, New Jersey. Fritz was the equestrian coach of Fairleigh Dickinson Madison, one of two inaugural teams that competed at the first IHSA horse show in 1967. He served as an adviser and mentor to Cacchione in the early days of the IHSA. Fritz founded several key equestrian organizations, including the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA now the USEA) and the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). Fritz was a member of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) board of directors since the early 1960s, serving as USET vice president for administration and the chief executive officer from 1974-1989. He served on various committees of the American Horse Shows Association (now USEF) and was a sustaining member of the United States Pony Club (USPC) since 1955 was named USPC governor in 1960 and in 1961 became a national examiner, a role he held for 30 years. He was elected president in 1981. Fritz dedicated his life to equestrian sports, promoting the IHSA and the greater horse industry.
Sally Batton, from Canton, Ohio, coached and taught at Centenary University before accepting the position as head coach of the Dartmouth College Equestrian Team. Batton coached the Dartmouth team for 29 seasons and has coached at the collegiate level for 35 years. She led the Dartmouth equestrian team to five Ivy League titles, in 1997, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2016. Batton also sent numerous Dartmouth riders to IHSA National Championships. She served on the IHSA board of directors from 1984-2017, first as a Regional President, then chair of several committees and served as IHSA National Steward from 2001-2017. In 2008, Batton was named the American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) Instructor of the Year and is an ARIA certified Level III hunter seat trainer and a United States Hunter Jumper Association certified trainer. Batton was awarded the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. She retired in 2019 and plans to continue teaching and working with the Athletic Equestrian League she founded in 2010.
Originally from Albany, New York, Cindy Ford coached at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs from 1988-2019. She is the winningest coach in the IHSA, earning eight IHSA Team national championships. Ford guided her first team to a repeat national championship in 1991 and then proceeded to win national titles in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2010, 2013 and 2018. Ford was honored by her peers with the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Her 1991,1995, and 1999 teams were inducted into the Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame along with Courtney Phibbs '97, one of her most decorated and successful riders. In 2019, Ford announced her retirement. She proceeded to lead her team to an unbeaten regular season, won Regional and Zone championships and finished fourth at IHSA Nationals.
Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden
Beezie Madden, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the 1984 IHSA Cacchione Cup winner as a member of the Southern Seminary team. She launched her grand prix show jumping career in 1985. She was the first woman to achieve $1 million in earnings in show jumping. Madden is an Individual Olympic bronze medalist and was a member of the two gold medal U.S. teams from the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, where she rode Authentic. She was also a member of the U.S silver medal team in 2016 with Cortes 'C.' In 2013, Madden won the FEI World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden, aboard Simon. Madden followed up that win with a repeat in 2018 with Breitling LS. She became the first rider to win the $1 Million AIG HITS Grand Prix in all three locations offered in 2019 with her win with Darry Lou at HITS Thermal. Madden is one of the greatest riders in U.S. history and continues to deliver consistent wins. In September, she notched a second win of the CP International Grand Prix, earning the victory gallop of coveted $1 million event with Darry Lou. Madden, who now bases out of her farm in Cazenovia, New York, is a four-time recipient of the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Equestrian of the Year award.
Cindy Morehead, from Milford, New Hampshire, joined the Findlay University equestrian program upon its inception in 1977 and served as the IHSA team coach from 2005-2017. Morehead led the Findlay Western team to four national titles (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). She also led the Oilers to four reserve national championships, coached four American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) national high-point riders, won 13 Regional team championships, 12 Semi-Final titles and coached 13 Regional high-point riders. She coached 29 of her riders to capture national titles during her tenure with the team. In 2018, the University of Findlay presented Morehead with the Lifetime Achievement Award is a part of the Oilers Athletic Hall of Fame to honor outstanding individuals who have attained an extremely high level of success in their industry, sport or profession. She is a long-standing director of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association. Morehead also is a well-respected clinician and judge.
J.T. Tallon (1953-2015)
Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and later moved to Lexington, Virginia, J.T. Tallon coached the Southern Seminary and Randolph Macon Women’s College teams. With his leadership, he held the longest winning streak in IHSA history. As an assistant coach for Southern Seminary, the team won for four back-to-back national championships and, as the head coach and equestrian director for Southern Seminary, won the team title four times. Tallon was well-known throughout the Virginia horse community as an enthusiastic teacher and competition judge. He retired from Randolph-Macon in 2011 and died in an automobile accident in 2015. In 2016 Tallon was posthumously awarded the IHSA Pioneer Award for his contributions to collegiate riding.