Centenary University to Hold College Preparatory Invitational Spotlight for Prospective Equestrian Students

CPI Spotlight at Centenary University will give college-bound equestrians the chance to immerse themselves in what life might be like as a student. Photo courtesy of Centenary University

CPI Spotlight at Centenary University will give college-bound equestrians the chance to
immerse themselves in what life might be like as a student. Photo courtesy of Centenary University

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – March 26, 2019 – College-bound equestrians exploring equine science and career-focused liberal arts colleges and universities will have an opportunity to experience Centenary University firsthand. Known for their world-class equestrian program, Centenary University will partner with College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) to host a CPI Spotlight event May 10-12 at its campus in Hackettstown, New Jersey.
 
“We are looking forward to working with the CPI to create a weekend for students to learn what Centenary University has to offer from an academic standpoint and what it is like to be part of a riding team at college,” said Kelly Martin Munz, Centenary University Department Chair, Professor of Equine Studies. “Our Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) coaches, Michael Dowling and Heather Clark, along with our hunter/jumper team coach, Tara Clausen, and our Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) coach, Sarah Simms, will be discussing how the experience differs from Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and US Equestrian horse shows.”

The Centenary University IHSA team has won many championships. Photo courtesy of Centenary University

The Centenary University IHSA team has won many championships. Photo courtesy of Centenary University

At the barn, attendees will learn additional horsemanship skills with Centenary students and faculty. Topics will include basic care such as grooming, wrapping, points of the horse and parts of the saddle and bridle and more.
 
“This is the first time Centenary University is participating in the CPI Spotlight and we are really looking forward to a great weekend with the prospective students,” Munz said.

At the CPI Spotlight, students will experience what it is like to be an equestrian at Centenary University and if it is the right fit. Photo courtesy of Centenary University

At the CPI Spotlight, students will experience what it is like to be an equestrian at
Centenary University and if it is the right fit. Photo courtesy of Centenary University

In addition to a student-led campus tour, students will experience the Centenary University riding program and the opportunity to ride three times. A riding lesson Saturday kicks off the weekend. A short clinic is scheduled for Sunday morning and a mock-collegiate-format horse show will be held Sunday afternoon. The event will provide students with a taste of what it is like to catch-ride. Participants will ride Centenary University horses – all donations from the AA show circuit– and they will work with the coaches.

FAST FACTS
CPI Spotlight at Centenary University:
 
What: An event for college-bound equestrians, grades 8-12, interested in learning more about Centenary University. It provides an opportunity to meet and ride with the coaches, compete and learn firsthand about their academic programs and the student experience from the equestrian perspective.
 
When: 
May 10-12, 2019
 
Where: 
Centenary University
Hackettstown, New Jersey

Why: To introduce student-athletes to Centenary University. Centenary University is consistently ranked at the top of intercollegiate riding competition.
 
IHSA TITLES
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES
    2017 National Reserve Champions
    2015 National Reserve Champions
    2014 National Champions
    2011 National Champions
    2009 National Champions

CACCHIONE CUP TITLES
    2017 Cacchione Cup Champion
    Katherine Steiner
    2013 Cacchione Cup Champion
    Cori Reich
    2011 Cacchione Cup Champion
    Marissa Cohen
    2009 Cacchione Cup Champion
    Lindsay Clark
    1997 Cacchione Cup Champion
    Kelly Ann Taylor
 
ANRC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
    2018 National Reserve Champion Team
    2017 National Reserve Champion Team
    2016 National Champion Team
    2016 Novice Reserve Champion Team
    2015 National Reserve Champion Team
    2013 National Champion Team
    2018 National High Point Rider
    2016 National High Point Rider
    2016 Novice Reserve High Point Rider
    2013 National High Point Rider
 
IDA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
    2018 Regional Team Champion
    2018 Fourth Place National Team
    2017 Regional Team Champion
    2017 Fourth Place National Team
    2016 Regional Team Champion
    2016 National Individual Upper Level Champion
    2015 Regional Team Champion
    2014 National Individual Introductory Level Reserve Champion
    2012 National Individual First Level Champion

About the College Preparatory Invitational
Founded in 2010, CPI is an organization that educates hunter seat student-athletes about college equestrian competition and provides them with resources to make connections and weigh the options to enrich their college experience. Participants in grades eight through 12 compete in equitation competition and participate in clinics and educational presentations led by world-class competitors and leaders in the equine industry. CPI fosters academic excellence and social integrity as an integral part of the equestrian experience through the CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund. Student riders can earn scholarships through equitation competition at a CPI event, academic achievement and community service. CPI also produces CPI College Spotlight events for colleges and universities whose goals are to recruit equestrian students. To learn more about the CPI, visit collegeprepinvitational.com.

Media Contact:
EQ Media, Carrie Wirth, carrie@EQmedia.agency, (612) 209-0310
 
Sponsorship Contact:
M.A.C. Sports International, Michael Cruciotti, mcruciotti@macsportsinternational.com