Riding coach Matt Payne and his hunter show team were in Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 4-7 for the North Carolina State Fair Hunter/Jumper Show. The veteran group of four seniors, all competing on Sweet Briar horses, was missing their youngest member after Jenny Mix ’15 decided to sit out the competition because of an injury to her horse. They were joined, however, by Liz Koslow ’13, who was there as an independent competitor on Sweet Briar’s Oh So Fine.
The team riders were Aly Booth on Hattrick, Ali Davidson on Chase N Gold, Becca Davidson on Theodore and Elizabeth Hansbrough on Love Z — all familiar partners for the women. The team has enjoyed success with these horse-and-rider pairings in previous shows.
On Friday, things got going early as Ali Davidson, Booth, Koslow and Becca Davidson all competed in the Ariat National Adult Medal, placing first, second, third and fifth respectively. Booth won a second-place ribbon in the Adult Amateur 18-35 division, while Ali D. took a fourth and Aly B. snagged two thirds. Koslow was third, seventh and eighth in the division during the weekend.
Hansbrough steadily improved her placings in the Adult Jumper division over the weekend, finishing a class in eighth place, one in fourth and finally second in the North American League Adult Jumper Classic. In the last class, she had the fastest time until the final horse bested her by less than one-tenth of a second.
The team now is preparing for the Randolph Fall Festival on Oct. 27-28. Three team riders have qualified for medal classes taking place that weekend. Mix will represent Sweet Briar in the Randolph Medal, while Hansbrough and Ali Davidson will represent the College in the Oak Ridge Medal Finals.