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SCAD Wins Fifth Consecutive Tournament of Champions


By Amy Bagner

Savannah, Georgia — The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has won its fifth consecutive Tournament of Champions Collegiate Series Championship. The university hosted the final event of the four-part series on January 27, 2018.

The Tournament of Champions is an annual series that gathers the country’s elite equestrian teams. The first three events of the series were held at Randolph College on September 16, 2017; University of Findlay on December 2, 2017, and at Stonegate Farms in Athens, Ohio, on January 20, 2018. The competitors’ top two scores from the four events were tallied to determine a series champion.

SCAD was the first art and design university to offer an intercollegiate sports program and the equestrian team began competing in 2002. In addition to its five consecutive Tournament of Champions titles, in 2017, SCAD won its third IHSA National Championship title in as many years. Also in 2017, the team won both the Novice and National Team Divisions at the American National Riding Commission (ANRC) National Collegiate Equitation Championship, marking the third consecutive year that SCAD won the Novice Team Division and the third time in four years they won the National Team Division.

 “I am very proud of our team for demonstrating that commitment to discipline and practice that creates the foundation for success,” said Ashley Henry, SCAD equestrian head coach. “We continue every day to learn and improve, both as a team and individually, allowing our passion for the sport to fuel us.”

The final Tournament of Champions event was held at SCAD’s Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center, a 100-acre facility that includes 13 turnout pastures, three large outdoor arenas, an indoor arena for competing and practicing in all weather conditions, and a derby course. The grounds feature two state-of-the-art barns for the university’s and student riders’ horses, and has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Savannah with the 2015 Excellence Award. Considered one of the most stunning equestrian centers in the collegiate sport, it was deemed “a masterpiece in its own right” by Garden & Gun magazine.

Through the equestrian studies program, students gain an understanding of equine psychology, body language, and social behavior that they apply to the care, training, and riding of horses. Knowledge of equine anatomy, conformation, conditioning, health and nutrition provides the basis from which students develop competency in the safe handling, proper care, evaluation and selection of the sport horse. For complete curriculum requirements and course descriptions, visit

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