The Commonwealth National Horse Show in Culpeper falls near the end of the academic semester, often making it the last “away” show of the year for Sweet Briar riders. This year, it was also the last time seniors Stacey Kerr and Sarah Lightbody would compete as Sweet Briar students. They made the most of the opportunity, placing in several Adult Amateur Hunter classes. Lightbody, riding Sweet Briar’s Bottega, also brought home a third-place ribbon in Adult Equitation.
The annual competition at Commonwealth Park was held April 20-22. Nine Sweet Briar students went to the show with coaches Ian McCartney and Matt Payne. Each showed as an individual competitor, so there were no team standings.
Brianna Belter ’13 shined in the competition, riding Oh So Fine to championships in both Adult Equitation and Modified Adult Hunters, the latter against 21 other riders. Becca Davidson ’13 also left a champion, winning the Adult Amateur Hunters 18-35 class riding Sweet Briar’s Theodore, who was her team horse in the fall.
Elizabeth Hansbrough ’13 and Love Z, another Sweet Briar horse, accounted for a fourth championship, beating 15 other competitors in the High Adult Jumpers. Hansbrough also was fifth in the $2,000 Marshall & Sterling/NAL Adult Jumper Classic.
Junior Aly Booth’s consistency on Sweet Briar’s Hattrick produced several ribbons in the Adult Amateur Hunter classes, including a first and third place, and Eryn Wiley ’13 rode SBC’s Regal Lark Blues to one third- and two fourth-place finishes in the Novice Adult Hunter division against 10 other riders. Combined with Kerr’s and Lightbody’s ribbons in the Adult Amateur classes, Sweet Briar riders held the majority of places in each class of the Adult Amateur hunters.
Among the other highlights, Brieanah Schwartz ’14 showed her own horse, Entelechy, to fourth- and sixth-place ribbons in the Adult Amateurs. Bella Clark ’13, also riding her own horse, Claddagh, collected numerous ribbons in the Modified Adult Hunter and the Adult Novice Equitation divisions.