Sweet Briar College’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team had a successful first outing of the season, hosted by Radford University on Oct. 5.
Teams were allowed to bring only one rider per division for this show, and Sweet Briar selected a mix of six IHSA veterans and new riders to represent the team. Randolph College won, collecting 39 points throughout the day. But with a total of 33 points each, Sweet Briar and Bridgewater College tied for second to claim the reserve high-point team spot.
In IHSA competition, individuals and teams accumulate points throughout the season to determine regional champions, who will advance to zone competition. SBC’s performance puts the Vixens six points behind the region leader heading into the next show. James Madison University is in third place, trailing Sweet Briar and Bridgewater by eight.
The day started off with Senior Open rider Alison Sims notching fifth- and sixth-place ribbons in her Open Flat and Fences classes and Junior Intermediate rider Heather McPheeters following with a fifth in Intermediate Fences. From that point onward, the day began to pick up for the Vixen riders.
McPheeters followed her jumping class with a win in Intermediate Flat. She accumulated nine points from her two ribbons, enough to snatch reserve high-point rider honors with the second-highest individual total for the day. The rider with the most individual points in the competition is the high-point rider.
The day continued with first-years Emily Richonne and Alex Mebane in the Novice Flat and Fences divisions. Both riders were making their first appearances in IHSA competition and were pleased with their results. Richonne won her Novice Fences class with a flawless round and Mebane followed with a third place in Novice Flat.
Another first-year, Emma Rakosky, rode in the Advanced Walk, Trot, Canter class. She, too, came out of her class with a first-place ribbon. Last of the day was sophomore Elizabeth Wise, who was third in her Walk, Trot class in her first-ever horse show appearance.
The team rides again on Friday, Oct. 10 at Hollins University. The coaches said they were pleased with the performances in the Radford show, and anticipate the girls will stay on top of their game at Hollins and maintain their strong position in the regional standings.