SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Sarah Kieran (Plympton, Mass.) became the first All-American in program history this afternoon, when she placed third in the Cacchione Cup standings at the 42nd Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships, hosted at the Eastern States Coliseum.
Thirty-eight of the top high point Open riders in the country traveled to West Springfield to compete for the national title. Kieran posted the highest score, an 88, in the Over Fences portion of the competition to advance to the Flat portion. After a strong flat class, she remained atop the Cup standings. However, Kieran finished third due to a rail down in her course during the work-off portion of the event.
College of Charleston senior Elizabeth Hay won the USEF/Cacchione Cup title, while Boston University's Carly Corbacho, who entered the walk-off seeded seventh, garnered national reserve champion honors.
Highly decorated, Kieran made her second straight appearance at the IHSA National Championships. In 2015, she secured her berth into the national field by capturing the Cacchione Cup at the Roger Williams IHSA Show on March 22.