The Southwestern Virginia Hunter Jumper Association held it 25th Annual Show and Medal Finals the weekend of Nov. 8-10 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington. Sixteen Sweet Briar riders participated, including members of the show team and independent competitors.
College riders did well in the Medal Finals, taking four of the top 10 finishes, while 2012 alumna Lauren Perhala claimed a fifth. McKenzie Canard, a Lynchburg College student riding with Sweet Briar at the show, was 10th on her horse Jet Stream.
The four top spots went to the medal winner, Haley Reeves ’16, who finished first on SBC’s Theodore, Kathryne Richard ’15 on SBC’s Love Z in third, Frankie Beyer ’14 on SBC’s Chinook in seventh and Olivia Smith ’14 on her horse Oscarr in eighth.
Placements in the Medal Finals are determined by combining the scores from an over-fences phase and a flat phase, where the top 12 riders are called back for additional testing on the flat.
Additionally, SBC riders were first, second, fourth and fifth in the SBC Medal class. Senior Katie Drake won the medal aboard SBC’s Oh So Fine. Sophomore McKenna Wilder rode SBC’s Ladino to second place. Fourth and fifth went to first-years Olivia Fabian-Slocum on SBC’s Lord of the Dance and Allyson Fredrick on SBC’s Bottega, respectively.
Riders also made a strong statement by winning the Randolph Medal. Fredrick won this class, again on Bottega. Olivia Hurt ’14, riding SBC’s Nightlight, was second, and Cayla Dupuis ’17 was seventh riding SBC’s Parliament.
In the Oak Ridge Medal, Anne McMurrain ’16 rode her Nelaleen to a sixth-place finish, followed by Richard on Love Z for a seventh-place finish.
Earning reserve champion honors in her division was Grace Griffin ’14 on SBC’s More About Me. Her second-place finish in the Handy class helped boost her point earnings.
More individual classes were won by team riders and independent competitors in the Adult Amateur Hunter division, Child/Adult Jumpers, and the 2’6” and 2’9” hunter divisions. Other riders competing were Sara Baygents ’16 riding her horse Romantic Infatuation, Laura Leitch ’14 riding SBC’s Regal Lark Blues and Brieanah Schwartz ’14 on her Entelechy.