Sweet Briar will host the 37th annual American National Riding Commission (ANRC) National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27, at its Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center.
Teams from 15 to 20 colleges and universities will compete, represented by their top riders. They will be judged and scored in four phases: a program ride, including U.S. Equestrian Federation hunter equitation tests; a hunter seat equitation medal course; a derby-style equitation course over natural obstacles in a field; and a written test based on riding theory and equine science. Novice division entries will compete over fences at 2 feet, 6 inches and national division entries will compete over fences at 3 feet.
Novice program rides will be held Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. National program rides begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. The novice and national derby phases will be held Sunday at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. respectively, with each followed immediately by the medal phase. Awards ceremonies also will follow the medal phases. Spectators are welcome.
A few sponsors or vendors will also have tables at the event, including Wells Fargo, which will display one of its stagecoaches throughout the show starting Friday morning.
Judges for the 2014 championship will be George H. Morris of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Kip Rosenthal of Brewster, N.Y. The written test judge is Marion Lee of Leesburg, Va.
Participants are eligible for U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Affiliate Equitation awards. Both individuals and teams will receive honors and awards from the ANRC, USHJA and U.S. Equestrian Federation.
For more information about the 2014 championship, call the Rogers Riding Center at (434) 381-6116 or visit the ANRC website.