Keyes impresses at IHSA National Championships

Keyes impresses at IHSA National Championships

girl on a  horse
Madeline Keyes competes at the IHSA
National Championships. Photo by 
Andrew Ryback

Alfred State’s Madeline Keyes (Middleport/Business Administration) earned two top ten finishes at IHSA National Championships in Harrisburg, PA. 

Keyes, the Hi-point rider in the region qualified for the western equestrian nationals in three divisions. She finished 7th in the open individual reining competition, finished 10th in the open individual horsemanship division, and finished just outside the top ten in the American Quarter Horse Association Hi-point rider class.

Western Equestrian head coach Rose Stayer-Ruffner knows how impressive Keyes accomplishments are.  "The talent, drive and determination that it takes a rider to make it to the National level in this sport is remarkable. Earning a spot in three events at Nationals and being in the ribbons even more so. Madeline is the fifth rider from Alfred State College that has competed and placed on the National stage since 2017."

The IHSA consists of 400 member colleges with over 10,000 members. Less than 4% of those riders qualified for the 2022 National Championships.