James Bruce, Sports Writer • firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the past two weekends, the Emory and Henry’s Intermont Equestrian team got the spring semester off to a start with three shows. They competed in the final two ‘Tournament of Champions Series’ events and started the spring dressage schedule at Bridgewater College. The first stage in the tournament was opened by Emory and Henry at Stonegate Farm and Ohio University with the Winter I show on Saturday, January 20th. This then concluded with the ‘Tournament of Champions’ Winter II stage in Hardeeville, South Carolina at the Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center.
The Wasps ended up finishing 6th on the day with Junior Francisco Caba-Gull (Almeria, Spain) took second in Open Equitation Over Fences while senior Billie Henard (Kingsport, TN) was second in Open on the Flat. Sophomore Bobbie Jo Adsit (Montpelier, Va.) was fourth in Intermediate Over Fences and took sixth on the Flat.
In the Novice competition, sophomores Mya Lizzadro (Naperville, Ill.) and Emily Trice (Gainesville, Ga.) were fifth Over Fences and on the Flat, respectively.
Sophomore Catherine Hill (Roanoke, Va.) competed in Walk/Trot/Canter Equitation while senior Robbi Rodemann (Evington, Va.) was fifth in Walk/Trot. Caba-Guil was the champion in the High Medal competition while sophomore Maddie Bonner (Powhatan, Va.) showed in Low Medals. Savannah College of Art & Design hosted the event and captured their fifth-straight TOC Series Championship.
After the sixth-place finish, Emory and Henry looked to improve and they planned to do so at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association at Bridgewater on Sunday for its first IDA show of the Spring. In First Level competition, junior Eliza Ginn (Alpharetta, Ga.) was third while senior Sydney Casady (Harriman, Tenn.) finished fifth. Sophomore Katie Maharis (Howard Beach, Queens, N.Y.) and Jennalee Curtis (Lafayette, Calif.) also showed at First Level.
After this, Sophomore Cassandra Oliver (Charlotte, Vt.) picked up the win for the Wasps in the Upper Training Level and was also honored as High-Point Rider of the Day; Senior Odessa Thacker (Yorktown, Va.) and Adsit took second and third in their Lower Training rides, respectively. Finally, Freshman Delaney Dunne (Kingsport, Tenn.) finished fourth in the Introductory Level. With all of the scores totted up, Emory and Henry took third place, a vast improvement from the ‘Tournament of Champions’ first two stages. Emory & Henry will return to Bridgewater for another IDA show on Sunday.