The IHSA Gets Back in Gear

While the return to college football undoubtedly receives more public attention, we at Hodges Badge know that fall college athletics are back for another reason- the start of IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) horse shows.   As a proud sponsor of and the Official Ribbon Supplier to the IHSA, we are happy to contribute to an organization which has made horse shows both more accessible and competitive.

Personally, I competed for four years as an undergraduate and will be back on campus to support my alma mater as a volunteer for Smith College’s home show this weekend.  So I understand how hard students work to prepare not only to compete, but to host events.  Know that here at Hodges, we strive to make ordering awards as easy as possible, so that at least one aspect of planning a show can be worry free.

If you’re a rider, coach, parent, volunteer or fan, good luck at your events this weekend and for the rest of the season!  We hope to meet you in person at Nationals in May!

PS- Need some creative ideas for your horse show ribbons?  We’ve recently seen orders using the school’s colors on side streamers, as well as universities putting their mascot in the rosette center.

PPS- If you are an IHSA rider or alumnus who’d like to share  your story about winning a memorable ribbon or award, we’d love to feature you on the blog.  Leave a comment and we’ll be in touch!

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Some IHSA snapshots

Rick Hodges and I have been at the Kentucky Horse Park for IHSA Nationals, which started on Thursday.  While we are always happy to come and show our support, this year’s event has been particularly special because we were here to unveil the newly designed Cacchione Cup at the International Museum of the Horse.  The trophy has been a big hit and we’ve been thrilled to be a part of the festivities.  Here are a few shots I’ve taken.

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Heading to IHSA Nationals

Rick Hodges and I are heading off today to attend the 2010 IHSA Nationals at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  As the official ribbon supplier of the IHSA (and as a past IHSA Nationals competitor myself), we are happy to support the teams and individuals that have worked hard to qualify for this end-0f-year event.

In addition to watching the competition there are a few other exciting events on the schedule.  This evening there is a reception at the USHJA  headquarters to celebrate the new partnership between the IHSA and the USHJA.  Hodges is also a sponsor of the USHJA and will be watching to see what develops between the organizations. 

On Friday, there is an IHSA celebration at the International Museum of the Horse, where the current Cacchione Cup will be retired and put on display.  Hodges has worked in collaboration with IHSA Executive Director Bob Cacchione to create a new trophy which will be presented to the winner of the prestigious class on Saturday.