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Albany Medical College Student Wins National Horse Jumping Competition
   July 7, 2005

     

ALBANY, N.Y., July 7, 2005 - How does an aspiring physician attending medical school dedicate herself to her studies and still find time to practice her favorite equestrian pastime—riding and jumping? Albany Medical College student Emily Unger has not only found a way, but excels at both.  In addition to serving as the recent past president of the local American Medical Association and a member of the governing council for the Medical Society of the State of New York (Medical Student Section), Unger also recently took home the top prize at a national horse jumping competition. 

 

Unger, a third year medical student, recently won the title in the category of alumni fences at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Nationals, competing against some of the best riders in the country.

 

“I have ridden competitively since my fifth birthday, and have accumulated many top ten finishes at nationals, but this is one of my greatest achievements. I was on top of the world,” said Unger. “The IHSA has had some very famous riders come out on top at nationals, and I am honored to be ranked among them.”

 

IHSA’s competitions are unique in that riders are not allowed to use their own horses, personal tack or warm ups. Horses and riders are paired randomly by a drawing before the event to allow for riders to compete on an even keel and truly test their horsemanship ability.

 

Unger says the combination of IHSA’s pairing and the convenience of having the Dutch Manor Stables just miles away in Guilderland afford her the time to practice and compete while tackling the rigors of medical school.

 

“I use riding as a reward and stress reliever,” says Unger, who is originally from York, N.Y. outside of Rochester. “Riding is and always will be a huge part of my life and I feel blessed to have such a great opportunity to continue riding while I study medicine.”

 

To secure a seat at the IHSA National Horse Show, Unger had to advance through multiple levels including regional and zone finals by accumulating points at numerous horse shows throughout the year.

 

The IHSA Alumni Division is comprised of riders who competed on an IHSA riding team as an undergraduate, and are continuing their involvement at the alumni level. Unger competes under Stonehill College, from which she received her undergraduate degree in 1999.

ALBANY, N.Y., July 7, 2005 - How does an aspiring physician attending medical school dedicate herself to her studies and still find time to practice her favorite equestrian pastime—riding and jumping? Albany Medical College student Emily Unger has not only found a way, but excels at both.  In addition to serving as the recent past president of the local American Medical Association and a member of the governing council for the Medical Society of the State of New York (Medical Student Section), Unger also recently took home the top prize at a national horse jumping competition. 



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