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Skidmore College and SCAD to Be Honored at the Pegasus Awards Ceremony

SCAD won the ANRC National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship for the fourth time in 2018. Photo courtesy of SCAD.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Nov. 26, 2019 – US Equestrian, the national governing body of equestrian sport, will hold their annual meeting and Pegasus Awards in Palm Beach, Florida in January. New to the Pegasus Awards celebratory evening, the 2018 Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Equestrian Team Awards will be presented Thursday evening, Jan. 10.  US Equestrian’s Pegasus Awards honor some of the great men and women of equestrian sport. The 2018 Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Equestrian Team award winners demonstrated their excellence in USEF-affiliated collegiate and scholastic organizations in 2018 and will be recognized for their achievements and success during Pegasus night.

Skidmore College, the IHSA Collegiate Cup Hunter Seat Championship Team, led by head coach Cindy Ford and assistant coach Belinda Colgan, will be presented with a 2018 Intercollegiate Award. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), coached by Ashley Henry and assistant Abbie Gibson, the 2018 ANRC National Intercollegiate Equitation Overall Championship Team, will also be honored.

IDA National Championship Team Intermont Equestrian at Emory and Henry, ISSRA Championship Team University of Louisville, NCEA National Championship Auburn University and USEA Eventing Championship Team Auburn University, and IEA Champion Upper School Hunter Seat Team Lucky Stables will also receive awards.

During the Pegasus Award event, US Equestrian will also present awards to the recipients of the USEF Lifetime Achievement Award the Walter B. Devereux Sportsmanship Award, the Pegasus Medals of Honor and other prestigious equestrian industry awards.

To learn more about US Equestrian’s 2019 Annual Meeting, visit usef.org/annual-meeting.

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The James & Laurette Shaw Equestrian Pavilion Dedication

SCAD gifted 100-acre donation by Atlanta-area philanthropists; new equestrian pavilion dedicated in donors’ honor Friday, Oct. 25

SAVANNAH, Georgia — Savannah College of Art and Design is pleased to announce that Atlanta-area philanthropists James and Laurette Shaw have donated a 100-acre parcel of land to the university. In recognition of this generous donation, SCAD dedicated its newly constructed covered riding pavilion as the James and Laurette Shaw Equestrian Pavilion during a ceremony Friday, Oct. 25.

Located adjacent to SCAD’s Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center in Hardeeville, S.C., the parcel is appraised at $5.5 million and allows the university to explore future development opportunities to benefit students. The acreage will remain preserved until a use is identified.

Shaw, cofounder and principal with real-estate development firm Gvest Partners, and his wife Laurette, an interior designer and Savannah native, are active in philanthropy work throughout Georgia. The couple’s love of Savannah, along with the influence of their eldest daughter, Caroline, a competitive equestrienne, helped inspire the gift to SCAD. Raymond Gee, Gvest Partners cofounder and principal, helped engineer this major donation.

“We were impressed by the renovation energy SCAD brought to the unused and abandoned public buildings in downtown Savannah,” James Shaw said. “They really helped put a shining face on a beautiful city. The young, talented artists who come to Savannah make it dynamic and a part of the future, pulling the city forward out of its sleepy, southern past. We wanted to be a part of these efforts. It is our second hometown.”

“My deepest gratitude goes to Jim and Laurette Shaw, whose boundless generosity will shape SCAD for decades to come, and to Raymond Gee, who was instrumental in securing this significant donation,” SCAD president and co-founder Paula Wallace said at the ceremony. “The James and Laurette Shaw Equestrian Pavilion will act as heaven and haven to SCAD riders, providing shade and shelter for practice, competition, and classes … enabling SCAD students to do their work, undeterred by Lowcountry rain, blustery winds, or by the hottest summer day. Make no mistake – the fabulous umbrella that surrounds us is an educational forum in the truest sense. Art history majors never have to cancel class when it rains – and now, thanks to the Shaw and Gee families, neither do equestrians at SCAD.” President Wallace presented the Shaws with a leather ribbon designed and produced by SCAD accessory design alumna Elyse Welcher.

The 100-foot-by-200-foot covered riding pavilion was built to better accommodate SCAD’s award-winning equestrian team. The structure’s metal roof guards against sun and rain, industrial fans provides ventilation for the comfort of both horse and rider, new all-weather footing with watering systems will control dust, and lighting will permit evening classes and practice.

“This pavilion enables the SCAD equestrian program to function in all types of weather and conditions,” said Eddie Federwisch, director of SCAD’s equestrian program. “The roof overhead is highly engineered to give our horses and riders exactly what they need while considering the vision of a horse as well as providing optimum ventilation. And the footing beneath your feet is a layer of gravel, covered with a drainage fabric then 4 inches of sand mixed with spandex fibers, rubber and felt to greatly reduce the ‘wear and tear’ on our equine partners. Materials like these are found at very few other equestrian programs, and here as ever, SCAD strives to set the standard.”

The pavilion will be christened by hosting a Zone 5 Region 5 IHSA horse show.  It will quickly become a ‘home court’ for the SCAD equestrian team and advance their impeccable record of success.  Within the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association and the American National Riding Commission, SCAD has 22 national championships at the team and individual level, and 57 national placings in total.  Thus far in the current competition year, the SCAD team won the Tournament of Champions Pre-Season Classic, has been the champion or reserve champion at the first three shows, and is currently leading the region.

Media inquiries may be directed to SCAD’s Director of Media Relations, Andy Shearer at 912.525.4881 or ashearer@scad.edu, or to Terri Thornton with Thornton Communications at 404.932.4347 or terri@territhornton.com.

SCAD Hires Eddie Federwisch as New Director of Equestrian Programs

The Savannah College of Art and Design has hired Eddie Federwisch as the new director of equestrian programs. Federwisch joins SCAD from Virginia Intermont College where he served as director of equine studies for the past 18 years, leading his teams to victory in the IHSA Collegiate Cup in 2004, 2005 and 2007. Federwisch brings to SCAD more than 30 years of equestrian experience in riding instruction, show management and team coaching, in addition to his credential as a licensed judge for the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

One of Federwisch’s first duties, in addition to teaching, will be to lead the search for a new academic program coordinator for equestrian studies at SCAD. Federwisch’s leadership, with the support of the new faculty and staff members mentioned below, as well as Coach Ashley Kelly, promises to enhance SCAD’s already innovative equestrian studies offerings.

Andy Shearer
Director of Public Relations
Savannah College of Art and Design

2011 ANRC National Intercollegiate Championship

Award presentations for ANRC National Championship (Flashpoint Photography).

Hardeeville, SC – The weather gods smiled on the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) the weekend of April 14-17 at their 34th annual National Intercollegiate Equitation Championships hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). While other areas experienced tornados and downpours, the Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center just outside Savannah, GA, in Hardeeville, SC, was spared. Fifty-two riders from 10 colleges were able to enjoy the beautiful facility, meticulously groomed arenas, challenging medal courses, and imposing new hunter trials fences.

The ANRC National Championship is a member event of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Affiliate Equitation Awards Program. The championship showcases the American Forward Riding System and the sporting horse. Judged on equitation, it rewards diversified skills in a three-phase competition. Competitors complete a dressage sportif ride, an outdoor hunter trials course and a USEF Medal-type hunter seat equitation course. Riders ride the same horse throughout the competition, and jumps do not exceed 3 feet in height. They also sit for a written test on riding theory and equine science. Teams may consist of two or three riders (with the lowest of the three scores dropped in each phase). Individuals also may compete.

For the first time this year, a Novice Division with fences at 2’6” was offered in addition to the 3’ Nationals Division. Seven colleges fielded Novice teams or individuals: Goucher College, Midway College, SCAD, St. Andrews Presbyterian College (SAPC), University of Georgia (UGA), The University of the South (Sewanee), and Virginia Intermont College (VIC). Midway, competing at their first Nationals, swept the Novice Division winning the team Championship over VIC. Midway’s twin sisters, Alison and Erinn Born, were Novice Individual Champion and Reserve.

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