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April 30, 2014
The 37th Annual ANRC Intercollegiate Equitation Championship was held April 25-27, 2014 at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, VA. Renowned judges George Morris and Kip Rosenthal presided over the three days of team and individual competition.
As a member partner and an affiliate of the United States Hunter Jumper Association, ANRC participates in the USHJA Affiliate Equitation Awards and the National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship is considered a Medals Final. There are two divisions, the Novice section that competes at 2'6" and the National section which competes at 3'0". Participants must complete four phases - a written test, a program ride, a derby course and a medal round.
The Novice section kicked off the competition on Friday with the Program Rides. Savannah College of Art and Design [SCAD] won the team standings with a 50.33 score and its own Madison Albano topped the rider standings with a 25.76 score. Sweet Briar finished second in the team standings with a score of 48.09.
In the Written Test Phase it was host Sweet Briar College taking the top spot among the teams and Goucher College's Anna Carmichael picked up the win among riders.
"We didn't take any phase for granted. Even though the written phase was only five percent, we studied hard and it paid off with a first place." Alexandra Makmann of Sweet Briar said.
Saturday found the National section of riders competing in the Program Ride, under the ever watchful eyes of the judges. Once again the riders of SCAD rose to the challenge and claimed the top team score of 54.11. Centenary College took second place in the Program Ride phase led by Kathryn Haley who took the individual honors with a score of 27.51. This marked Haley's fourth consecutive year of winning the Program Ride phase and the second time she's won with the same mount, Chance Encounter.
Moving to the Written Test Phase, Goucher College picked up the win with a score of 10. With both Sweet Briar and Virginia Intermont scoring a 9.85, essay questions were used to break the tie and give the second place award to Virginia. Olivia Smith from Sweet Briar College clinched the individual victory.
Deciding the overall champions all came down to the Derby and Medal Phases held on Sunday. The Derby Phase asked riders to exhibit their best equitation over a challenging course of 12 natural fences. The novice riders from SCAD accepted and conquered the test taking the team win with a score of 51.15 and Sweet Briar College was a close second with a score of 48.45. Virginia Intermont's Morgan Workman landed a 25.80 for the individual victory in the Derby Phase.
The National section of riders followed and the Virginia Intermont team scored a 54.45 to take the win and Sweet Briar College finished second with a score of 49.95. Virginia Intermont kept the winning going with Ashleigh Ramey taking individual honors with a score of 92.5.
On the final stage, the Medal Phase, which includes two changes of direction and one combination on a course of 8 fences, all the riders exhibited their best skills and equitation in the hope of impressing Morris and Rosenthal. As expected riding forward was the key to successful scores.
The Novice division started the day off with solid performances from the Goucher College students as they secured a 51.30 score to take the win. Virginia Tech finished in second place after a tie breaker, based on team Derby scores, put them ahead of the University of the South riders. Virginia Intermont's Elizabeth Tirado-Perez took individual honors with a score of 88.
The National section kept the momentum going with the riders from SCAD taking command of the course and lighting up the scoreboard with 53.70 for the team win. Another tie was broken by Derby scores between the University of the South and Centenary College- giving the University of the South the second place finish. In the individual standings it was SCAD's Michael Kocher getting the top call with a score of 94.
As the final scores were tallied, the arena was set for the presentation of the ANRC and USHJA Affiliate Equitation awards. The ANRC Board of Directors presents the ANRC Amateur Rider Award to an individual or team competitor at the ANRC Intercollegiate National Championship that best represents the spirit of intercollegiate competition in all phases of the Championship, and will demonstrate outstanding horsemanship and sportsmanship. The 2014 winner is Blake Roberts from Virginia Intermont College. Jennifer Bunty of Goucher College was awarded the ANRC Instructor Award and steward Susan Sjoland received the ANRC Professional Service Award.
The excitement grew as anticipation of who would be named the overall champions -In the Novice section it was host Sweet Briar College accepting the team championship award.
"Matt [Payne -Novice team coach] has been so supportive and we were so excited that he could be here today." Alexandra Makmann said. Teammate Olivia Slocum added, "We were so surprised by the win, we knew we did well, but did not realize we had done well enough to win."
|Sweet Briar College wins Novice Team Section at 2014 ANRC Intercollegiate Equitation Championship Photo Al Cook|
Official Overall Novice Team Results:
1. Sweet Briar College
3. Virginia Tech
4. University of S.C.
5. University of VA
6. Goucher College
7. Virginia Intermont
8. Bridgewater College
9. Averett University
10. St. Andrew's University
11. Otterbein University
12. Towson University
In the Novice individual championship decision, it was a close race with less than one point separating the top two, but it was SCAD's Lindsay Baker cinching the win with an overall score of 76.92.
Official Overall Individual Results:
1. Lindsay Baker
2. Alexandra Makmann
3. Anna Carmichael
4. Jennifer Mix
5. Molly Lumsden
6. Morgan Workman
7. Taylor Landis
8. Kathryn Miller
9. Tatum Tatreau
10. Sara Parks
11. Sarah Lipps
12. Alexis Anderson
University of S.C.
University of the South
University of VA
In the National section, there was little surprise that SCAD was named as the overall Team Champion with a total score of 166.11.
Head Coach Ashley Henry of the victory, "Unbelievably excited! It was very hard for the team to finish third last year after winning for the previous five years. They switched horses around between team members to find the right combinations. The team worked with other instructors at SCAD to gather insight and different perspectives." She added, "I'm also very excited that the novice team was able to participate this year and finish as Reserve Champions. All of the riders have worked so hard to be here and do well."
|Savannah College of Art & Design wins National Team Section at 2014 ANRC Intercollegiate Equitation Championship Photo Al Cook|
Official Overall National Team Results:
2. Virginia Intermont
3. Sweet Briar
4. Centenary College
5. Bridgewater College
6. Goucher College
7. University of the South
8. St. Andrew's University
9. Otterbein College
Completing the presentations were the National section's overall individual awards and again it was SCAD students taking the top spots. Ryan Genn, who led the charge for the school throughout all four phases of National competition, was awarded the champion title with an overall score of 83.69.
Official Overall National Individual Results:
1. Ryan Genn
2. Michael Kocher
3. Andrea Huber
4. Olivia Smith
5. Lydia Todd
6. Ashleigh Ramey
7. Rory Mueller
8. Devon Waither
9. Blake Roberts
10. Abigail Strohmeyer
11. Michaela Bragg
12. Ali Seferovich
University of VA
USHJA congratulates all the students and the ANRC for their hard work and dedication. The partnership of USHJA and ANRC continues to educate young riders on the American System of Forward Riding and proper horsemanship. Learn more by visiting the ANRC website or contact Chris Murphy of USHJA at (859) 225-6714.