For Immediate Release – 2/26/17 - #211
WildCats Seal Region Win at UVA IHSA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Randolph College equestrian team completed a remarkable comeback on Sunday at the University of Virginia Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 4 Region 2 show. The WildCats finished tied for third at the show with 21 points, but finished with the most total points in Region 2, sealing the team title. UVA won the show with 36 points, while Washington and Lee finished second 24.
The 'Cats came into the second semester down several points. However, the team won two shows and finished as Reserve Champion in another to erase the deficit. With this honor the team will now qualify for the Zone 4 Championships.
This IHSA show is not like any other in the region. Teams are permitted only one rider per class (i.e. one for Open fences and one for Open flat). That stipulation means fewer points are awarded to teams throughout the proceedings. In addition, the order also differs, as Walk/Trot and Walk/Trot/Canter began the day, instead of ending it.
Abby Carpenter rode in Walk/Trot and continued the rousing success of the WildCat Walk/Trotters this season. A day after teammate Rebecca Jones won, Carpenter began the day with a great ride and a blue ribbon. Maya Wheeler followed her in the Walk/Trot/Canter. She had a solid ride, and earned a pink ribbon for the second-straight day.
The fences sections were held off until the end of the day, as Novice flat and Intermediate flat followed. Kirby Tidmore rode in the Novice section and controlled her horse very well. She left the ring with a red ribbon and five points for the WildCats. Madeline Davis was in the saddle in Intermediate. She competed in a tough section and rode well, earning a white.
The fences followed in both classes, with Davis back riding in Intermediate. She continued her successful weekend, picking up another ribbon. This time she earned the pink for a solid ride. Caroline Houston rode very well in a tough Novice class. She still earned a ribbon, leaving the ring with a green. Eliza Gretok was up next in Open fences. All she needed to do was pick up points to seal the win and she did just that, winning a green ribbon.
Randolph as a team will not compete for several weeks. Individual riders will compete next week at the Hollins Welcome Show and then those that qualified for the Regional Championships will compete on March 19 at UVA. Those that finish top-two in their class will move onto the Zone Championships. However, the team will already be heading to the Zone 4 Championships at St. Andrews in North Carolina on April 8.