Luke Montalbano, Sports Writer • email@example.com
The 2017-18 campaign for the Emory & Henry equestrian team has been an exciting year, and they added more hardwood to their amazing season last Saturday. The Wasps hosted an IDA show and took first place out of four teams at the Equestrian Center.
The Wasps had many impressive individual performances last Saturday. In the first level, senior and homecoming king Eli Worth-Jones won the test with a score of 72.188%. Junior Eliza Ginn took third place in the test in the first level, riding to a score of 71.250%. In fourth place, freshman Jennalle Curtis finished with a test score of 70.635%. Sophomore Katie Maharis took seventh place, she finished with a score of 67.031% on the test.
In the upper riding level, sophomore Cassie Oliver finished in first place with a score of 77.115%. In the lower riding level, sophomore Bobbie Jo Adsit finished in second place, with a test score of 70.217%. Senior Odessa Thacker took third place, with a score of 69.783% on the test. In the introductory level, freshman Danny Dunne finished in third place with a score of 71.250%. Also in the introductory level, sophomore Zachary Will finished in fifth place, he had a score of 66.875% on the test.
For her outstanding performance on the day, Cassie Oliver was named the high point rider of the day. Bridgewater College took home the team reserve champion title, and Lauren Powtak of Bridgewater was the reserve high-point rider of the day.
At the end of the day, Emory & Henry edged out Bridgewater to take home the team title. Emory & Henry finished in first place with 16 points, while Bridgewater finished with 15 points on the day. Virginia Tech took third place with a score of 11 points. Finishing at the bottom of the leaderboard was Radford University, they finished with a team score of 10 points.
It has been a successful year for the Emory & Henry equestrian program. This was the third and final IDA show for the semester, as this was their only win for the fall season, they finished in 2nd at Bridgewater and 3rd at Virginia Tech. The IHSA team has also have had a lot of success this season so far. They have had three first place finishes so far, and will host a show on November 18th at the Equestrian Center, looking for their fourth first place finish this season.