Otterbein finished as the Reserve Champion team at the 2018 Intercollegiate Dressage Finals April 26-29, hosted by Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Additionally, two individual Otterbein riders were crowned National Champions.
At Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) shows, collegiate riders in teams of four compete at Introductory Level, Lower Training Level, Upper Training Level, and First Level. Host colleges provide the horses used during competitions which adds to the challenge and sportsmanship of the competition. The IDA is divided into regions for the purpose of intercollegiate competition, and individual and team points are earned towards regional standings and qualification for national finals.
Otterbein’s Norah Young ‘18 was named the Individual First Level Champion and Rachel Cellini ‘18 claimed the Individual Upper Training Champion title. Leah Koskinen ‘19 also finished in 6th place in the Individual First Level competition.
Otterbein also won the Reserve Champion team title. Team riders for the events included:
First level: Norah Young
Upper Training Level: Rachel Cellini
Lower Training Level: Camille Stewart ‘19
Introductory Level: Montana McKnight ‘20
The Otterbein Dressage Team is open to all levels of riders. Riders compete in a regional competition for the IDA throughout the academic year. Strong placings will secure a position at the National Championship Horse Show as a team or individual rider. To be eligible for the team, riders are required to register for at least two lessons per week.
Learn more about the Department of Equine Science at Otterbein, and the Otterbein Equestrian Team.
Booher Voted OAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year
Written by Jeremy Morgan
AUSTINTOWN – Head coach Brian Booher of the Otterbein men’s golf team has been named Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Coach of the Year in his respective sport, announced Tuesday morning by the league office.
Booher, in his fourth season as the men’s coach and fifth year at the helm of the women’s program, receives his third consecutive honor on the men’s side with this year’s following a staggering 28-stroke victory at this past weekend’s OAC Championships.
Under Booher’s direction this season, the Cardinals notched their eighth-straight OAC regular-season title and fourth-straight conference tournament championship, boosting the program’s total for league titles to 20 including wins in eight of the last 10 championship events.
Otterbein also placed all five of its golfers among the top-15 competitors at the league championships this past Sunday, led by sophomore Kurt Fortman who secured top-medalist honors while three others earned All-OAC accolades to help the Cards punch their fourth-straight ticket to the NCAA Division III Championships.
The Cardinals will now turn their attention to the NCAA D3 Championships to be played May 15-18 at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. Otterbein has already logged experience at the venue earlier this spring when it went 3-1 at the NCAA D3 Match Play event.
Otterbein University is a private, non-profit, United Methodist affiliated, regionally-accredited institution.