College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) Announces Major Changes For 2014 Competition

Jan 13, 2014 - 10:50 AM

WELLINGTON, FL – College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) is pleased to announce NEW dates for its fourth annual horse show in 2014. The competition will be held March 28-30, 2014, at a NEW venue – Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Palm Beach, FL.   The world-class equestrian venue features a covered arena, ample spectator and coach seating areas and is located just seven (7) miles from Wellington’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). 

In addition to setting the competition dates and establishing a new venue, the CPI organization has been busy planning many exciting new changes and improvements for the 2014 event.

Additional news for the 2014 competition includes the announcement of Peter Cashman as the 2014 CPI Show Manager.  Mr. Cashman grew up in the harness racing industry where he began his career as a groom and quickly rose to second trainer for some of the major racing stables in the country. Soon after, he opened his own public stable.

In the mid-eighties, he made a career change and took on the position of Director of Riding at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point where he oversees a 50 stall barn, a lesson program, the USMA Cadet Equestrian Team and the Army Mules. Along with his wife Sherry Cashman, co-coach of the USMA teams, the Cashmans have built the program into a highly competitive unit and have sent seven American Quarter Horse Association (AMHA) riders to Nationals as well as individuals in Western and English. They have also had three riders at the National Cacchione Cup. 

Cashman was awarded the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Coach of the Year in 2008 and has served on the IHSA Board of Directors for over 20 years. He has held numerous positions in the IHSA, from regional president, zone chair, and is currently Director at Large and Chairman of the IHSA National Horse Show Committee.

“To have a gentleman of such knowledge and integrity accept this integral position is a seal of approval for the CPI program and for the opportunities the CPI has provided student riders in the past three years,” states Jeanne Rouco-Conesa, CPI President.  “I am looking forward to working with Peter for years to come.”

“Another key CPI team addition is that of Simon Towns, who will be responsible for all CPI stable management and coordination with CPI event competitors while also serving as a member of the equine selection committee for the 2014 CPI competition,” continued Rouco-Conesa.  “The knowledge, experience and reputation of Ms. Towns is an invaluable asset to the 2014 CPI.”

Ms. Towns is an IEA Zone 4 Chairperson overseeing a seven state region with over 325 teams; Board Member of the National IEA Board of Directors; Chairperson of the Zone Ethics Committee; Manager of the Zone 3 Finals;

Member of the National Rules and Ethics Committee; and an IEA Coach for a Woodstock, Georgia-based team.

The 2014 CPI will ONLY feature hunt seat equitation competition over fences and on the flat.  There will be NO Dressage competition.

Applications to participate are available online.  The deadline for applications to participate in the 2014 CPI Horse Show is November 15, 2013.  Late application fees will be assessed to applications received after November 15, 2013.


The 2014 College Preparatory Invitational (CPI) is pleased to announce participation of a large roster of top-tier colleges and universities at its fourth annual competition on March 28-30, 2014 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center (JBEC) in Palm Beach, FL.  

Welcoming college-bound hunt seat and equitation riders at the nation’s premier College Equestrian Recruiting Event, the 2014 CPI is honored to announce the participation of the following 22 colleges/universities: 


Albion College (Albion, Michigan); Cazenovia College (Cazenovia, NY); Centenary College (Hackettstown, NJ); Delaware Valley College (Doylestown, PA); Drew University (Madison, NJ); Florida International University (Miami, FL); Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL); Maryville College (Maryville, TN); Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH); Mississippi College (Clinton, MS); Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA); Randolph College (Lynchburg, VA); Savannah College of Art & Design (Atlanta, GA); Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY); Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX); United States Military Academy (Westpoint, NY); University of Findlay (Findlay, OH); University of Florida (Gainesville, FL); University of Miami (Miami, FL); Virginia Intermont College (Bristol, VA); Wesleyan College (Macon, GA); and William Woods University (Fulton, MO).

The mission of the 2014 CPI is to prepare and educate equestrian students — grades 8-12 – about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide students with resources to design their desired collegiate equestrian experience.

Coupled with the equestrian competition, the event will offer scholarships, seminars and Q &A sessions designed to provide students and their families with information on the equestrian collegiate experience as well as the different associations that govern collegiate riding.  These special presentations will include: Dr. Karin Bump, Professor of Equine Business Management, Cazenovia College; Peter Cashman, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Director at Large and United States Military Academy (USMA) Head Coach; Dr. Weston Davis, Surgeon, Palm Beach Equine Clinic; Eddie Federwisch, Director of Equestrian Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA;  Randi Heathman, Independent Education Consultant;  and Roxane Lawrence, Executive Director, Intercollegiate Equestrian Association (IEA).


 •  Dates: March 28-30, 2014

•  Location: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, Palm Beach, FL. (Seven (7)

miles from Wellington’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

•  Fees:  $530 per participant.  $25 application fee after 11/15/13.           

•  Admission:  Limited to 160 participants.  

•  Applications:  Available on line at       

• Equestrian disciplines:  Hunt Seat Equitation competitions over fences 

  and under saddle. (Dressage not offered in 2014.)


About the College Preparatory Invitational

The mission of the CPI is to prepare and educate student riders in grades 9 – 12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide the riders with resources to create their desired college equestrian experience.  The show is specifically geared to promote college recruitment of equestrians by providing the opportunity for coaches and potential students to meet. The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is rooted in the belief that equestrian talent, not finances, should dictate a rider’s opportunity to be a part of a collegiate team. Given the fact that the CPI provides all the horses and necessary tack for the show, riders do not incur the expense of transporting horses to the show.

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is based on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) hunt seat equitation classification, where horses will be assigned by a random draw on the day of competition.

Along with the competition, the CPI will offer seminars and question & answer sessions during the show.  Riders and their families will hear about the college equestrian experience and familiarize themselves with the different associations that govern collegiate riding.  There will also be a number or College and Universities present at the CPI to distribute literature and introduce the academic and riding opportunities, including scholarships, offered at their institution.

Because the future leaders of the equestrian business and sport are the college bound riders, The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show Scholarship Fund is designed to reward those riders that exhibit social conduct and academic excellence as well as competitive success.

The CPI offers various types of scholarships to the student riders. Please visit the CPI website’s Scholarship Page for detailed information regarding the CPI Scholarships.

More news and announcements will follow in the coming months as the CPI draws closer. For more information, please visit or visit the CPI Facebook page.

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