Julia Cederroth secured her spot at the upcoming Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National competition – and in Stevens history.
The junior Business & Technology major finished first in walk-trot at the IHSA Zone 3 Finals held at the Centenary College Equestrian Center last week, thus advancing to the upcoming IHSA National Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. on May 5.
“Qualifying for nationals is one of my proudest achievements,” Julia says. “The moment my name was announced over the loud speaker as Zone Champion is a memory I will never forget – and that was before it had even hit me that I had qualified to go to Kentucky for the National competition!”
Julia was one of the top three finishers in the IHSA Regional before moving on to the Zone 3 Finals. With the top two finishers at Zones earning a berth to Nationals, Julia became just the second Duck in program history to qualify, joining national champion and former Duck Kerri Retting, who qualified during the 2004-05 season.
To prepare for Nationals, Julia says she’s been practicing as much as possible. Julia has worked with her coach, Patti Zwaan, to balance riding and her class schedule. Julia says: “Time management has become an even bigger part of my life, and I would never be able to balance it all without the help of my sorority sisters and my boyfriend, who is also a junior at Stevens.”
Drawn to Stevens because of its strong reputation, Julia states: “I have lost count of how many times I've been told by professionals that their company loves to hire Stevens graduates!” Athletically, despite riding briefly when she was very young, Julia’s career really began as a competitive swimmer. She credits her more experienced teammates and her coach with helping her pick up riding again.
“The fact that I am the second person in Stevens’ history to qualify for IHSA Nationals is an incredible honor to say the least,” concludes Julia. “It still feels very surreal. I can't wait to represent my school at a national level, and I hope I will make Stevens proud!”