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UCLA’s Christine Wastila Returns To IHSA Nationals

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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 11:13 am

Moving up in class and against long odds, UCLA’s Christine Wastila (Coronado High School class of ’17) rode her way back to the 2019 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championships recently held at the New York State Fair Exposition Center in Syracuse, New York. Her fifth place finish represents her second consecutive top five finish at Nationals after taking third a year ago.

Wastila, a sophomore, competed in the hunt seat novice equitation on the flat class against the nation’s top 16 qualifying riders. IHSA encompasses 40 Regions in eight Zones with almost 400 member colleges spread across 45 states and Canada – representing more than 9000 riders. At all IHSA competitions, riders are paired with horses provided by supporting institutions via “blind draw.” Throughout the year, contestants accumulate points at seasonal shows in order to qualify for the Regional Finals in their respective divisions. The top two riders in each class of the Regional Finals move forward to the Zone Finals. The top two competitors in each class at Zones qualify for the National Championships.

Wastila won her way back to Nationals with seasonal wins at Cal-Poly Pomona, UCLA, USD, Arizona State and USC. She qualified for and won the Regional Championships hosted by Chapman University at The Oaks in San Juan Capistrano, and subsequently bested a tough field wining the Zone 8 Championships hosted by Stanford University at their historic Red Barn.

In addition, Wastila was again named to the IHSA All-Academic First Team comprised of riders having a 3.8 GPA or above. Congratulations to Coronado’s own Wastila on her return to Nationals and another spectacular year!

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