The Vixens were strong in the hunter trials phase and dressage sportif, placing second and the third respectively out of a field of nine teams in the division. They also were fourth in the written phase. In individual competition, Sweet Briar’s Smith finished fourth of 34 riders, while Lauren Perhala ’12 finished eighth. Davidson, Hansbrough and Sarah Hibler ’14 also competed individually for the College.
Coach Mimi Wroten was happy with the performance of her riders, a young team with only two out of the five riders having previous experience in the championships.
“The riders really took to the challenge of preparing themselves and their horses,” Wroten said. “The amount of growth in one semester from the students and their horses was impressive. This is one of my favorite competitions to coach and I look forward to taking a more experienced team to the competition in the future.”
Savannah College of Art and Design hosted the championships at its Ronald C. Waranch Equestrian Center in Hardeeville, S.C., April 14-17. Fifty-two riders from 10 colleges competed in both individual and team events.
The ANRC is an affiliate of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association and the U.S. Equestrian Federation. The ANRC explains on its website that its championship is part of the USHJA’s Affiliate Equitation Awards Program and showcases the American forward riding system and the sporting horse.
A three-phase competition, consisting of a dressage sportif ride, an outdoor hunter trials course and a USEF Medal-type hunter seat equitation course, rewards diversified skills in equitation. Both a novice division, with jumps at 2 feet, 6 inches, and a nationals division, with jumps at 3 feet, were offered this year.
Riders ride the same horse throughout the competition, and the jumps do not exceed 3 feet in height. There is also a written test on riding theory and equine science, with scores above 95 adding bonus points to other phases and those below 71 detracting points. Teams may have two or three riders (with the lowest of the three scores dropped in each phase), and individuals may also compete.
The 2012 ANRC Championship will be hosted by Centenary College in Long Valley, N.J., on April 20-22. For more information, visit http://www.anrc.org.