Equestrian member rides into nationals

For the first time in Geneseo history, a rider will be representing the college at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association's national competition.

Sophomore Katie Roberts qualified in the sport's hardest event, the individual open equitation on the flat event.

According to Roberts, qualifying for the national competition entailed placing not only in the top three of her region, but also in her zone, which includes a competition between several regions. The IHSA is made up of schools from across North America.

Junior Carla Stephan, team captain, praised Roberts' efforts in competition and practices this season, stating, "It doesn't surprise me that she made it to nationals. She's worked really hard and it shows. She'll be representing all 55 schools from our region."

Roberts said that despite the high level of competition, she knew the minute she was done with her routine that she had qualified for nationals. "It was really nerve-wracking when I was in the line-up, but I knew that was the best I had ever ridden. It was a solid ride."

"It was a lot of 'wows' and hugs [from my teammates]," said Roberts. "It came as a bit of a shock but we were all really happy."

While Roberts said she's excited to go and compete, she doesn't have any extremely high expectations for herself. "I just want to go out and hopefully do well."

The IHSA competition starts on May 6 in Lexington, Ky. Roberts' event will take place May 8.