Bethany, WV – At least 14 colleges and universities from throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, will compete for top honors in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) show at Oglebay Stables in Wheeling on Sunday, October 15.

The event is hosted by Bethany College, and is free and open to the public.

Among the schools taking part are West Virginia University, Bethany College, Seton Hill University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Riders will be judged “over fences” (jumping) and “on the flat” (no jumps) based on their ability to effectively communicate with their horse, their ability to appear aesthetically pleasing (i.e. posture and positioning on the horse) and the ability to make riding appear smooth and effortless.

The show will be held in the outdoor arena of the equestrian facility at Oglebay Stables and begins at 9 a.m.

Oglebay and Bethany College maintain a partnership to house the college’s off-campus equestrian facilities at the Oglebay Stables. Operations Manager Amy McGreal says one of the benefits of the added facilities and space gained by the partnership is the ability to host IHSA competitions.

“This partnership has also allowed Bethany to offer expanded service learning activities, internships and experiential learning opportunities, plus training on new equestrian disciplines,” said McGreal.

McGreal added the show is a good opportunity to visit the facility, see the horses, and witness collegiate competition.

The IHSA provides collegiate riders of all skills the opportunity to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition. It was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows regardless of his or her riding ability or financial status.

About Bethany College

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.