Two riders compete nationally for Equestrian Club

WCU junior Caitlin Morgan placed ninth in a national equestrian event.

WCU junior Caitlin Morgan placed ninth in a national equestrian event.

Two riders recently capped off a memorable run for Western Carolina University’s Equestrian Club.

Caitlin Morgan, a junior parks and recreation major from Alpharetta, Georgia, became just the second rider in the club’s 14 years of competing to go to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s Nationals. Competing in the hunter seat events walk-trot-canter equitation at the national event held in Springfield, Massachusetts, Morgan placed ninth. Prior to reaching nationals, Morgan was regional reserve champion, while also winning the zone championship in her division at semifinals in Maryland.

“The IHSA zone in which we compete encompasses Washington, D.C., and Maryland, Virginia and parts of North Carolina – serious hunter riding country, with a number of very strong equestrian programs at the collegiate level,” said WCU Equestrian Club adviser Nory Prochaska. “This is a significant accomplishment for Caitlin and coach Angela Fowler.”

WCU senior Christa Cloud was a regional champion in her equestrian division.

WCU senior Christa Cloud was a regional champion in her equestrian division.

Christa Cloud, a senior psychology major from Mills River, competed in the IHSA’s western events horsemanship national semifinals in Florida, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the nationals. Cloud, who was the regional champion in her division, is just the second rider in WCU club history to advance to the western semifinals in seven years of the competition.

“It’s unusual for members of our small team to advance beyond the regional competition, and Christa was regional champion in her division,” Prochaska said. “We are very proud of Christa.”

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