They were actually both winners. Meghan Shader of the University of Kentucky (on right) won her open flat class while
teammate Jenny Naylor (on left) was a winner in open fences earlier in the day. Wildcats Head Coach Michelle Zimmer (center) poses with both
riders after they placed 1-2 in open flat on February 13th in Morehead, Kentucky.
CINCINNATI COMES CLOSE BUT KENTUCKY STILL WINS
Morehead, KY - If you have never been to the Derrickson Agricultural
Complex in Morehead, Kentucky then you have not seen one of the better
indoor riding facilities in the IHSA. The arena has grandstands on both
sides for several thousand spectators. 1992 IHSA Nationals were held in
this room, a more fan-friendly facility than several which have hosted
On February 12th and 13th Morehead State University hosted Hunter
Seat and Western shows both days inside the Derrickson Complex indoor.
This story pertains to the hunter seat show held on Sunday the 13th,
which started with Morehead State senior Brianne Osborne making the
first open fences ride at 9:03AM and concluded with the placings of the
fourth novice flat class at 2:30PM.
A total of 19 classes (15 flat and four over fences) took place in
roughly five and a half hours. And for a second straight day the
region-leading University of Kentucky Wildcats had prevailed as high
point team. In fact through the first six hunter seat shows of the
2010-11 season Kentucky has yet to lose or score below 33 of a possible
|Northern Kentucky University teammates Laura Weber (on left) and Lauren Fehrenbach pose in the stands
of the Derrickson Agricultural Complex arena during what was a forty minute schooling break. In the second class after
the break ended, Fehrenbach finished second in advanced walk-trot-canter. Northern Kentucky was fourth for the day with
Jenny Naylor, a University of Kentucky junior from Baltimore,
Maryland won the section of open fences which started the day while
later placing second in open flat to lead the way for the Wildcats.
Doug Masters (sophomore, from Columbus, Ohio) was a winner in open
flat to finish the weekend with two firsts and a second over two
days. Meghan Shader, who is also a junior from Baltimore, Maryland,
won the second section of open flat to relegate Naylor to the red
ribbon. Eleanor Feltner (freshman, from the Detroit, Michigan area)
and Stephanie Rowney (junior, from the easy-to-remember town of
Newmarket Dury St. Edmonds, United Kingdom) won intermediate flat
classes for the Wildcats. Allie Board (freshman, from Louisville,
Kentucky) won her first IHSA hunter seat blue ribbon, topping the
field of nine in the second section of novice flat. Brianna
Goodnow (freshman, Mundelein, Illinois) won the third novice flat
class to bring the Kentucky blue ribbon total to seven for the day.
Freshman Sarah Whitten was a red ribbon winner in both novice flat
and fences. Gigi Goble (in novice flat), Holly Ray (same), Jessica
Brown (in beginner walk-trot-canter) and Hannah Eldridge (in
walk-trot) were also second-place winners for Kentucky. The
Wildcats scored 35 points, two more than their total of 33 on
Not since opening day had the University of Cincinnati earned
reserve high point team honors, but on February 13th the Bearcats
not only accomplished this they came closer than anyone so far this
season to the Wildcats. Cincinnati scored 30 points to fall by
only five points
(previously Morehead State had come the closest to Kentucky, with
the Wildcats prevailing 35-29 at the second show of the season).
Taylor Douglas, a freshman coincidentally from Cincinnati, Ohio won
her novice fences while finishing second to Board in novice flat to
create a ride-off with Naylor. Leslie Gilb, a junior from Fort
Thomas, Kentucky won the lone section of intermediate fences. Gilb
qualified for Regionals in the division in the process. Caitlin
Gross added a red ribbon in advanced walk-trot-canter. Despite not
having a rider in either open division and only nine riders entered
overall (while Kentucky had over 30 riders entered, including four
in both open divisions) it was the Bearcat's best show of the
season and a vast improvement on their 19 score a day earlier.
|Riders named Lauren earned the top two placings in the first section of advanced walk-trot-canter.
Lauren Moore of Midway College (on left, with Coach Carrie Dahmer) beat out Lauren Fehrenbach to win her first-ever
IHSA blue ribbon. Moore was the first of three Midway freshmen to win a class on February 13th.
Midway College was the most consistant team over the February
12/13 weekend. The Eagles (same nickname as host Morehead State)
scored 25 points at both shows, coming
in third on the 13th. Lauren Moore, a freshman from Onalaksa,
Wisconsin was the first Midway rider on day two to earn a blue
ribbon. Moore's first in advanced walk-trot-canter was also her
first-ever IHSA blue ribbon. Four classes later lightning struck
twice. Courtney Komjathy, a freshman from Clinton Township,
Michigan won her second of advanced walk-trot-canter to earn her
first-ever IHSA blue ribbon. Chelsea Elliott, a freshman from
Louisville, Kentucky went two-for-two over the weekend. Elliott
won the second
section of intermediate flat to raise the Midway blue ribbon total
to three for the day. Samantha Bussell was second in her beginner
walk-trot-canter while open rider Allison Born was second in both
of her riders. Born moved into a tie with her sister Erinn for
second place in the Region 3 hunter seat open rider standings,
with both entering the final two shows to be hosted by the
Wildcats. The Born sisters each held 41 points through six shows,
which put them 13 behind Ali Cibon of Kentucky who surprisingly
gave back ground to both with only 12 points earned in total over
the weekend. With a third in advanced walk-trot-canter, Jacquelyn
Theaker of Midway qualified for Regionals in the division.
Northern Kentucky University had their second-best of the
season, finishing fourth with 19 points. The Norse were led by Ali
Smith, a sophomore from Burlington, Kentucky who won the first
section of beginner walk-trot-canter. Sophomore Lauren Fehrenbach
was second in advanced walk-trot-canter. Northern Kentucky nearly
had a full card, lacking only an intermediate fences rider.
Xavier University of Ohio was fifth for the day with 15 points.
Ellen Davis, a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois was a winner in
intermediate flat for the Musketeers while Alex Calvert (sophomore,
from Piqua, Ohio) won the final novice flat class before the
ride-off. Like Midway's Elliott, Calvert went undefeated over the
February 12/13 weekend. Freshman Della Wilz was second in novice
fences for Xavier, which showed without riders in either open
division or in walk-trot.
|Through the first 13 classes on February 13th Della Wilz (on right) had Xavier University's top ribbon with a second in
novice fences. However in the 14th class Musketeer teammate Ellen Davis (on left) won her intermediate flat to earn the first of two blue
ribbons for Xavier on this day.
Compared to previous shows, today's event was a low-scoring
affair. Several schools had their low scores of the season to
date, including Louisville. The Cardinal scored 11 points, with
Katie Torp earning the best ribbon of the day early on. A junior
from Santa Cruz, California, Torp's win in novice fences also
produced her first-ever IHSA hunter seat blue ribbon. Hanna
Salmon (in intermediate flat), Julia Nabor (in advanced
walk-trot-canter) and Michelle Wiseman (in intermediate flat)
produced red ribbons in consecutive classes for Louisville, whose
previous low total had been 19 points.
Host Morehead State University was one of two schools to score
eight points. The Eagles (same nickname as Midway College)
claimed several fine individual performances. Sarah Lynch, a
junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania won her advanced
walk-trot-canter to qualify for Regionals in the division.
Candice Carson, a freshman from Versalles, Kentucky was yet
another rider with a first-ever IHSA hunter seat blue ribbon.
Carson was a winner in beginner walk-trot-canter. Jessica
Lasseter was second to Gilb in intermediate fences for Morehead
State's only red ribbon.
Marshall University had the smallest roster at today's show,
with only three members of the Thundering Herd present. Marshall
had three divisions covered, with two riders in each novice
division plus a walk-trotter. Aja Smith, a freshman from Riply,
West Virginia (with a double major in Biology and Chemistry)
earned seven of Marshall's eight points with a first in walk-trot.
In total contrast to the many freshman who either won for the
first time or won a hunter seat class (as oppossed to a western
class) for the first time, Smith was a blue ribbon winner for the
second time on this day. Always in the ribbons,
Smith claimed to have qualified for Regionals with the win (though
her name did not appear on later Regional Qualiifer lists
forwarded to Campus Equestrian. Can anyone confirm Smith rode in
walk-trot at Regionals?).
|IHSA Founder and Executive Director Bob Cacchione (second on right) made the journey out to Morehead, Kentucky where he saw the
University of Cincinnati give the Kentucky Wildcats a run for their money before coming up five points short. Coached by Missy Jo Hollingsworth (on
far right), the Bearcats took over second place after the third show of the year and held that position for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.
The Ride-Off: The Ride-Off was won by Naylor, who had also won
a ride-off her freshman year. It was apparently the first
ride-off for Douglas.
The Wildcats finish the regular season undefeated: The final
two Zone 6, Region 3 hunter seat shows of 2010-11 were hosted by
the University of Kentucky and were also won by the Wildcats.
Between 2010 IHSA Nationals and 2011 Zone 6 Zones the Wildcats
went undefeated, finishing 107 points ahead of second place
Cincinnati. The winning streak finally came to halt at Zones,
when Miami of Ohio took high point team honors. Still the
Wildcats were second and thus advanced a full hunter seat team to
IHSA Nationals for the fifth consecutive season. Cibon, a senior
from Bannockburn, Illinois earned three firsts and a second over
the final two shows to finish ahead of Allison Born by a 80-57
margin (Erinn Born was third with 48) to represent Region 3 at
2011 IHSA Nationals in the Cacchione Cup Competition.
Show Incidentals: Sunny skies but windy, with temperatures in the
mid '40's. Entire show held indoors. Start Time: 9:03AM. Finish:
2:30PM - includes 40 minute schooling break. Coaches & Captains
meeting held prior to start of show. Point Cards posted in this
region? No, though a scoreboard was updated during the competition.
Alumni Classes held in this region? Not for hunter seat during the
2010-11 season. Judge: Kelley Corrigan, Lexington, Kentucky.
Stewards: Zimmer/University of Kentucky, Dahmer/Midway College and
Foster/Northern Kentucky University.
Team Totals: University of Kentucky (High Point Team) 35;
University of Cincinnati (Reserve) 30; Midway College 25; Northern
Kentucky University 19; Xavier University of Ohio 15; University of
Louisville 11; Morehead State University 8 and Marshall University 8.
High Point Rider - Jenny Naylor, University of Kentucky
Reserve High Point Rider - Taylor Douglas, University of Cincinnati