Lexi Mandarakas of Randolph College (on right) hugs Wildcat teammate
Eileen Buckingham before the latter placed second in intermediate flat on February 27th.
Earlier in the day Mandarakas won her intermediate fences class. Randolph tied their
season-high with 30 points.
SWEET BRIAR WINS SECOND STRAIGHT
Roanoke, VA - Only six days after scoring a then-season high of 35 points to win
their home show, Sweet Briar College traveled to Hollins and improved on that total.
The Vixens scored a 39-31 win over Washington & Lee University while also claiming
high point and reserve high point rider honors on February 27th.
Tory Mott (freshman, from Madison, New Jersey) won both of her novice classes
while teammate Paige Kaylor (senior, from Baltimore, Maryland) was a winner in open
flat and reserve champion in intermediate fences for the Vixens. Considering the
show was held inside the Kirby Riding Ring on the Hollins campus it was suprising
that Kaylor was able to win a ride-off for reserve high point against leading
Region 2 open rider and Hollins senior Katie Furches. Zoe West won her intermediate
flat for the Vixens while Brianna Belter (freshman, from Lakeville, Connecticut) was
a winner in the novice flat section which followed Mott's win. Kendall Harris
(freshman, Stony Brook, New York) and Clarkie Woods (sophomore, Virginia Beach,
Virginia) won back-to-back sections of advanced walk-trot-canter. Alysha Norbury,
a senior from Chesapeake, Virginia and the Vixen's only walk-trot rider to show at
Hollins, raised the Sweet Briar blue ribbon total to eight. Junior Debbie Willis
was second in novice flat to add another red ribbon to the Vixen's total.
In claiming Reserve High Point Team honors, Washington & Lee earned 21 of their
31 points in three divisions. Molly Rountree, the first Generals rider to win,
could not tell us where she was from. A teammate told us her sorority forbids her
to talk to the media (!). However another teammate indicated the intermediate over
fences winner may be a freshman from Andover, Massachusetts. Tamara Morse, a
sophomore from Bristow, Virginia who had been third in open fences earlier in the
day won the second section of open flat. This kept Morse second in the Region 2
open rider standings behind Furches. Evelyn Norton, a freshman from Elon, North
Carolina won the final walk-trot class of the day for Washington & Lee, whose 31
score was their season high.
|Washington & Lee University brought four horses to today's show hosted by Hollins. Generals Head Coach
Gordon Reistrup (on left) spent some of the day schooling these horses. Reistrup was ready to drive back to Lexington after Evelyn
Norton (on right) won the walk-trot class which concluded the proceedings. The Generals scored a season-high 31 points to take
reserve high point team honors.
Prior to the walk-trot-canter and walk-trot divisions Randolph College looked
like they too had a shot to win. Lexi Mandarakas, a junior from Bluffton, South
Carolina won her intermediate flat while five riders managed thirds before Eileen
Buckingham was second in the final section of intermediate flat. Sophomore Jennifer
Fowler was third in the first section of novice flat while Tori Rooney produced
the final Randolph blue ribbon of the day with a first in the final section of
novice flat. A sophomore from Wycoff, New Jersey who previously competed for
Centenary College, Rooney is undefeated in two rides within Zone 4, Region 2 with
her latest victory. The Wildcats just missed out on reserve, scoring 30 for the
Two teams tied with 27 points each. Currently leading the region thanks to a
pair of wins early in the season, host Hollins was led by Furches. A senior from
Oley, Pennsylvania, Furches won the open fences class which started the day while
later placing second to Kaylor in open flat. Meredith McDonnell, a sophomore from
Culpepper, Virginia won the third of three sections of intermediate fences.
Considering they were at home it was more than surprising that no Hollins rider won
on the flat the remainder of the day. Taylor Richardson (in novice flat), Caitlin
Shipe (in advanced walk-trot-canter) and Andrea Moreau (in walk-trot) each won red
ribbons for Hollins. Because the weather played havoc with the Region 2 spring
show schedule, it was doubtful that the rest of the field could make enough progress
to catch Hollins (or Furches in the open rider race) at the final show hosted by
the University of Virginia after the hosts managed 27
points ironically on February 27th.
Lynchburg College also scored 27, and in total contrast the Hornets have to be
pleased that they have a shot at second place overall for the first time in program
history. Kelly Gerland, a sophomore from Malvern, Pennsylvania was the only Region
2 rider to earn a pair of red ribbons, doing so in open fences and intermediate
flat. Rachel Jones and Emily Eckenberger were second in consecutive novice over
fences classes while Caroline Thompson and Kelli Greenslade were second in
non-consecutive sections of advanced walk-trot-canter. Slightly surprisingly the
Hornets did not earn any blue ribbons on this day though all sixteen of their rides
produced a top-six placing.
|The Redcoats are coming! From left to right are Rachel Jones, Alyssa Roehr, Taylor Fellows,
Kelly Gerland and Jamie Carille of Lynchburg College, whose jackets may be red though the school nickname is the
Hornets. On February 27th Jones and Gerland were able to win ribbons which matched the color of their coats
while on the 28th Lynchburg finished the season in second place overall behind Hollins in the 2009-10 Region 2
Scheduled to host both the final regular season show and Regionals the next day,
the University of Virginia faired well with 25 points at Hollins. Like Lynchburg,
the Cavaliers were unable to earn a blue ribbon while encountering red ones early
and often. Grace Stuntz, a senior from Alexandria, Virginia was second in open
fences to start the day for UVA. Freshman Logan Zimmerman was second in the third
section of intermediate fences. Sophomore Kathryn Babineau made it three red
ribbons in three jumping divisions with a second in novice over fences. Junior
Claire Burks was second in open flat while Carolyn Mernick was second in novice
flat a bit later. The Cavaliers earned their 25 points without a walk-trot rider
present at today's show.
James Madison University scored 24 points and even had riders with blue ribbons!
Allison Smyrl, a senior from Bedford, New Hampshire won the second section of open
fences. Catherine Vaughan, a freshman from Richmond, Virginia won the third
section of novice flat and Jade Irby, a junior from Camden, North Carolina was a
blue ribbon winner in the first of three sections of walk-trot. Vanessa Colley (in
open flat) and Linnea Elsammak (in intermediate fences) were red ribbon winners for
Bridgewater College entered the contest in second place but saw Lynchburg and
Sweet Briar make it anyone's guess for second overall after the Eagles scored only
23 points. Jamie Robinson, a junior from Ashland, Virginia won the ninth class of
the day, the final section of novice fences before the jumps were removed from the
Kirby Arena. Lindsay Barrett, a senior from Leonardtown, Maryland won the third
section of open flat while Caitlin Hewitt (a junior from Charlottesville, Virginia
who is also the team Vice President) won the section of intermediate flat which
followed. Ryan Carroll, a sophomore from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania won the first
section of advanced walk-trot-canter to bring the Eagles' blue ribbon count to
four. Despite red ribbons for Corrie Fitz and Allyson Gallamore in consecutive
sections of walk-trot the Eagles were simply victimized by the Peter Principle
affecting the point card. The non-pointed riders came up big in some cases while
several pointed riders had off-days.
|(From left to right) Ryan Carroll, Jamie Robinson, Lindsay Barrett and
Caitlin Hewitt of Bridgewater College pose with their blue ribbons outside the Kirby Riding
Arena. Individually it was a great day for the Eagles but on the point sheet not so good,
as Bridgewater scored 23 points to finish behind seven schools that day.
Longwood University had seven riders entered in today's show but only four of
the eight divisions filled. Still the Lancers were into double digits with 16
points. Caitlin Zoetis, a junior from Purcellville, Virginia won the third
section of intermediate fences. There was only one section of beginner
walk-trot-canter, and several riders in this class rode at the walk for a
considerable time due to an accident outside the arena which required an
ambulence (riders had entered the ring but were not yet officially being judged).
When the delay subsided and the beginner division was held, Amanda Allin (a
junior from Carson, Virginia) was the winner.
The runner-up in the beginner walk-trot-canter was senior Jessica Moyer of
Roanoke College. Moyer boldly claimed it was only her 'second day in the IHSA.'
Roanoke was one of two Region 2 teams new to the IHSA in 2009-10. Open rider
Abby McGuire and novice rider Celeste Coulter started the Hawks' equestrian team
which made their IHSA debut a few weeks earlier. With five riders and five
divisions filled Roanoke scored ten points for the day.
Radford University tied Roanoke with ten each. Though nine Radford riders
were listed in the program only six actually competed. Freshman Tara Throp was
the only Radford rider to earn a top-two placing, finishing behind West in
intermediate flat. Emma Williams, a senior from Herndon, Virginia was third in
advanced walk-trot-canter, qualifying for Regionals in the process.
The other team new to the region is Liberty University. Like Bridgewater,
Liberty is also nicknamed 'The Eagles.' Liberty had six riders entered, all
in novice flat and down. While two riders earned fourth place ribbons Jayme
Ingram was third in walk-trot for the best Liberty ribbon of the day. The
Hawks scored seven points to round out the team scores.
|Hollins senior Katie Furches (on far right) would advance to
IHSA Nationals a day later as the Region 2 Cacchione Cup entry. On February 27th
Furches was joined by her parents (father Rick is on far left while mother Linda
is second on right) and her grandmother at her final IHSA undergraduate show in
her home team's barn. Hollins Head Coach Nancy Peterson (second on left) had
both Linda and Katie as students, as Linda Farmer rode for Hollins in the early
1980's. Though Katie's grandmother (center) pre-dates the IHSA's birth in 1967
she too is a Hollins graduate.
The Ride-Off: Held after the final section of novice flat, Kaylor was
selected ahead of Furches by judge Mr. Rick Eckardt (as he was listed in the
program). Thus Kaylor was reserve high point.
Former IHSA riders abound: Lily DeSousa, a 2004 graduate of Savannah
College of Art & Design is the first-year show coach of Roanoke College. It
was DeSousa's second time coaching in the IHSA. DeSousa is one of several
coaches or assistant coaches currently found in Region 2 (Matt Arrigon at
Lynchburg, K.C. Hearn at Longwood and Beth Boteler at Bridgewater are among
the others). However there were at least two parents at today's show who
previously competed in the IHSA, and in each case the Mother and the Daughter
both went to the same school. Melissa Zimmerman, who was Melissa Wineman when
she rode for the University of Virginia between 1983 and 1987, is the mother
of Logan Zimmerman. Linda Furches, who was Linda Farmer when she graduated
from Hollins in 1983, has been at many of daughter Katie's IHSA shows. Though
Linda Furches now runs Foxtale Farm in Oley, Pennsylvania with husband Rick
she grew up in Central Virginia and her first show of any kind was at age nine
at the Hollins Riding Center! Also on hand was Linda's Mother/Katie's
Grandmother, who is also a Hollins graduate but attended the school prior to
the formation of the IHSA in 1967 (we are still waiting to encounter the first
'three generation' IHSA family - Editor). According the to Foxtale web site
Linda trained with J.T. Tallon among others. Tallon currently coaches
Randolph College but was also Head Coach when Southern Seminary College won
their final IHSA National Championship in 1988.
More IHSA connections, for those who are already in the IHSA: Julianna
Day, a Hollins sophomore from High Point, North Carolina who showed in novice
fences at today's event sometimes rides with Elon College/University of North
Carolina at Greensboro coach Anne Morgan when at home. Sweet Briar freshman
Harris rides at Smoke Run Farm in Stony Brook, New York, which was for many
years the home barn for the Stony Brook University team (1980 IHSA Nationals
were held there). And both Randolph's Tori Rooney and Lynchburg's Jordan
Rooney (they are identical twins but don't always look the same) can claim
their mother Hayley Rooney is head coach of the William Paterson University
Fact of the day: Tori Rooney is the only known IHSA rider to have a
'lucky packet of silica gel' that she competes with.
|So far in calendar year 2010 Sweet Briar College is undefeated in Region 2 competitions.
Head Coach Ian McCartney (on far left) saw his Vixens riders win nine of the final twenty classes (Sweet
Briar didn't even have riders in seven of them) and capture high point team, high point rider and reserve
high point rider honors on February 27th. Tory Mott (fifth on right) was high point rider, Paige Kaylor
(third on left) was reserve while walk-trotter Alysha Norbury (fourth on left) gets to hold the high point
team ribbon since she was the last Sweet Briar rider to win.
In Region 2 the Horse List is printed separately from the show program (at
least as far as we can tell). At today's show most of the horses were Hollins
horses but four ('Bailey,' 'Jackson,' 'Redd' and 'Vinny') were brought in by
Washington & Lee. The horse list provided the following descriptions:
"Asher" - Flat: Soft ride, soft hands. Set up for right lead. Fences: Soft ride, soft hands.
"Atlas" - Flat: Good, set up right lead.
"Baci" - Flat: Soft hands. Fences: Set up left to right. Big stride.
"Bellagio" - Flat: Good Draw. Fences: Spurs, Big stride, drifts left.
"Carter" - Flat: Good Draw, spurs.
"City Lights" - Fences: Big Stride, Organize drifts right spurs.
"Full Dress" - Flat: Good Draw. Fences: Big Stride, spurs.
"Glen Heirloom" - Flat: Good Draw. Fences: Block left side, use his stride, stick.
"Haarlem" - Flat: Good Draw.
"Just One Look" - Flat: Good Draw, spurs. Set up for right lead. Fences: Big stride, set up left to right.
"Mr. McGruder" - Flat: Good.. Fences: Go up the lines.
"New York" - Flat: Leg and stick. Fences: Big stride. Soft hands, builds late.
"Oyster Pond" - Flat: Set up for right lead. Fences: Big Stride. Straight from inside leg for changes.
"Payton" - Flat: Good Draw, stick. Fences: Good Draw.
"Soliloquy" - Flat: Good, set up left lead. Fences: Go up the lines.
"Solitude" - Fences: Stay out in corners.
"Starbuck" - Flat: Good Draw.
"Tres Corona" - Flat: Good Draw. Fences: Big stride, drifts right.
"William" - Flat: Good Draw, spurs. Fences: Good, drifts left.
"Bela Lugosi" - Fences: Drifts left, great lead changes.
"Bailey" - Flat: Good, block inside leg in corners. Fences: Big stride, block inside leg. Light Calf.
"Jackson" - Flat: Good Draw.
"Redd" - Flat: Good Draw, soft hands.
"Vinny" - Flat: Good Draw, stick. Fences: Good, big stride, block right, stick.
Sadly we do not have a list of which riders rode which horses, though we can
say that several of the Hollins horses, including Bela Lugosi, have carried
riders to wins in classes at prior IHSA National shows.
Lynchburg finishes second on February 28th, also finishes second for the
season: With the results of the University of Virginia show the next day
Lynchburg College snapped a streak of four consecutive seventh place overall
finishes by claiming Region 2 Reserve High Point Team honors for the 2009-10
season. This the first time in the history of the Hornet's program that they
finished as high as second overall. Lynchburg held off Bridgewater 186-184
while defending region champion Sweet Briar finished with 179. Hollins had a
better day at the Barracks than at their own facility and widened their lead
to 221-186 over Lynchburg. Hollins thus sent a full hunter seat team to Zones
for the 14th time since 1993.
Show Incidentals: Sunny skies, with temperatures climbing
into the upper '40's. Entire show held indoors. Start time: 10:11AM.
Finish: 4:22PM. Coaches and Captains Meeting held prior to start of
show. Point Cards posted in this Region? Yes. Alumni Classes held in
this region? No. Judge: Mr. Rick Eckhardt. Stewards: Hearn/Longwood
University, Reistrup/Washington & Lee University and Leverton/Radford
Team Totals: Sweet Briar College (High Point Team) 39; Washington &
Lee University (Reserve) 31; Randolph College 30; Hollins University 27;
Lynchburg College 27; University of Virginia 25; James Madison University
24; Bridgewater College 23; Longwood University 16; Radford University 10,
Roanoke College 10 and Liberty University 7.
High Point Rider - Tory Mott, Sweet Briar College
Reserve High Point Rider - Paige Kaylor, Sweet Briar College