South Whidbey grad is college equestrian

Cathrine Elizabeth Tauscher, of Clinton, competed April 24-27 at the 2003 Intercollegiate Dressage Association Nationals at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va.

Tauscher, the daughter of Cathy Tauscher, was part of a four-member team from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass, where she is a freshman.

According to a news release from Mount Holyoke College, the women won the team competition overall. In individual competition, Tauscher came in third place at the lower training level.

Interscholastic competitions are challenging, according to the news release, because riders do not bring their own horses. Horses are provided by the host institution and teams choose their horses by lot. Each rider has just 10 minutes to become familiar with her horse before competition begins.

Tauscher also rides on the Mount Holyoke varsity equitation team, which competes at walk-trot-canter work and jumping. While keeping up with academics, she practices daily at Mount Holyoke's equestrian center.

A member of the South Whidbey Pony Club for 10 years, Tauscher has received a solid background of lessons and team competition in dressage, jumping and games. She will compete for South Whidbey at the Pony Club Regional Dressage Championships at the Whidbey Equestrian Center May 31 and June 1.

Returning to Whidbey Island means coming back to her six very small horses. 2003 will be Tauscher's eighth year training and showing her nationally ranked miniature horses, which have made several appearances at the Island County Fair.

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