The Sweet Briar Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Team completed a busy but successful weekend in regional competition, including finishing as reserve champions at home on Sunday, Feb. 9. The team took the championship on Friday at the Randolph College Show.
Among Friday’s individual highlights, first-place finishers were Olivia Smith ’14 in open fences, Kathryne Richard ’15 in intermediate flat and Caitlynn Bragg ’14 in walk, trot, canter. Also placing on Friday were: Katie Drake ’14, second in intermediate fences and third in novice flat; Cheyenne Walker ’16, second in novice fences; Richard, second in novice fences; McKenna Wilder ’16, second in walk, trot, canter; Natasha Cross ’16, second in walk, trot; Laura Leitch ’14, third in walk, trot, canter; and Brianna Belter ’13, fifth in intermediate flat.
Smith was Sunday’s high-point rider after winning both her open flat and open fences classes. Drake was second in novice flat; Wendy Ferguson ’15 took second in walk, trot, canter; Cross was fourth in walk, trot; and Belter was fifth in intermediate flat.
The Vixens’ next IHSA show is on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bridgewater College. Sweet Briar is tied with the University of Virginia team for the lead in the IHSA’s Zone 4, Region 2, but it is crowded at the top of the standings. As the end of regional competition approaches, the top six teams are all within six points of each other — closer than other regions in the zone.