Poppa honored with 2017 USHJA / IHSA Sportsmanship Award

Poppa honored with 2017 USHJA / IHSA Sportsmanship Award

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) named its USJHA / IHSA Sportsmanship Award recipients for the 2016-17 season, selecting Morrisville State College hunt seat rider, Cayley Poppa (Commack, N.Y.) as one of the recipients for Zone 2.

Poppa is the second Mustang rider to earn the accolade.

Award winners are selected on their commitment to act selflessly towards horse(s), rider(s), coach(es) and others, and in a manner reflecting the highest levels of college sportsmanship.

The junior, nominated by hunt seat head coach Erin Dunn, and assistant coach Erin Goodney, has described Poppa as "someone who stands out and leads the group in a positive way".

"Cayley, who has not been able to show due to an injury sustained over vacation, has not let that affect her work ethic in regards to the team and her academics," said Dunn.

"The work she takes on allows me to stay focused on making sure horses and riders are perfectly prepped for show day.

Poppa has served as secretary for the past two seasons for the hunt seat team, and is relied upon heavily when it comes to putting entries together for shows, the program, managing the group and making sure all vendor paperwork is complete the day of the event.

"We host five horse shows a year (three IHSA and two IEA) and Cayley does an excellent job keeping all necessary paperwork organized," Dunn stated.

"She is always willing to lend a hand, teach our newcomers the ropes, and always cheers on her peers in the riding ring."

"As a coach you want all of your students to succeed and be the best they can be," Dunn continued. "Having a person on the team who helps motivate others makes the job a lot easier."

"It has been a pleasure working with this remarkable young woman."

Poppa is a junior majoring in equine science at Morrisville State. The Dean's List honoree is the daughter of Lynda and Joseph Poppa III of Commack.

Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.

The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.