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Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Remembers Jack Fritz

Perpetual IHSA Scholarship Will Be Presented at 

2012 IHSA National Championships  



Fairfield, CT-February 14, 2012--The IHSA this week remembers one of its co-founders, Jack Fritz, who passed away at the age of 87 on February 10, 2012 in Rockford , Illinois .  Fritz was a strong advocate for collegiate riding since its inception, and will be honored with a perpetual IHSA Scholarship in his name, beginning at the 2012 IHSA Nationals, May 3-6, in Raleigh , North Carolina .


Jack was a History Professor and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University Madison campus in 1967 when he mentored a young student named Bob Cacchione in the foundation of IHSA.   Jack Fritz dedicated his life to promoting equestrian sports.  Fritz was an integral part of the United States Equestrian Team for nearly three decades, serving as an officer on the Board of Directors since the early 1960’s, as CEO through the 70’s and 80’s, and as National Secretary until 1999.  .


Besides IHSA, Jack was a founder of United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) and United States Dressage Federation (USDF), and served on both foundations until his death.


Fritz earned the USEF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, "Horseman of the Year" first in 1968 by the New Jersey Professional Horseman's Association and again in 1969 by the New Jersey Horse Council. In 1978 he won the prestigious Wofford Trophy, awarded annually by the USCTA to a "non-riding" member who has done the most to further the sport of Combined Training. He was inducted into the USCTA's Hall of Fame in 1999. The Chronicle of the Horse listed him as one of the top 50 most influential people in this century.


Centenary College 's U.S. Equestrian Team Arena in New Jersey is appropriately named in recognition of Fritz, who received an honorary doctorate from the school in 2005.  Earlier in his career, Fritz had been the Riding Director at Culver Military Academy in Indiana .


Fritz graveside service will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 10AM at the Scandinavian Cemetery in Rockford , IL .  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in memory of "Jack" go to the USET Foundation, P.O. Box 355 , Gladstone , NJ 07934 , or Culver Military Academy , 1300 Academy Road , Culver IN 46511.



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