Sweet Briar’s IHSA team ties as reserve champion at Mary Washington

IHSA teamFirst-year Chloe Kerschl earned high-point rider, while sophomore Kaitlin Duecker was named reserve high-point rider, as Sweet Briar’s IHSA team competed at the A. Elizabeth Morrison Equestrian Center on Saturday.

Sweet Briar tied as reserve champion with host, Mary Washington.

Kerschl (Lexington, Va.) and Duecker (Chesapeake, Va.) were awarded high-point rider and reserve high-point rider, respectively, after a ride-off with Kendall Burdette of Liberty.

Kerschl earned high-point rider status thanks to a win in intermediate flat and second-place finish in intermediate fences. Kerschl’s performance in intermediate flat qualified the first-year for regionals in the event.

Duecker was the winner of novice fences and second in intermediate flat, while qualifying for regionals in novice fences.

Other Sweet Briar winners on Saturday included sophomore Jen Markey (Montpelier, Va.) in novice flat and first-year Abby Bell (Stafford, Va.) in advanced walk, trot, canter.

First-year Caroline Waters (Forest, Va.) finished second in intermediate fences, while sophomore Hannah Inman (Monroe, Maine) was second in beginner walk, trot, canter.

Junior Sarah Miller (Amissville, Va.) finished second in novice fences and third in novice flat.

In advanced walk, trot, canter, junior Chandler Fox finished third and in beginner walk, trot, canter, while sophomore Madeleine McAllister also picked up a third-place ribbon.

Senior Taylor Jefferson was third in walk, trot, while fellow senior Ailish Rhoades (Lebanon, Conn.) finished fifth in open flat and sixth in open fences.

The Vixens will ride at Mary Washington again on Sunday to conclude the regular show season.