Averett's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Team spent Feb. 4-5 at Virginia Intermont College where they competed against 10 teams, and placed fourth as a team. Individual awards were also won.
During the first day of the competition, sophomore Hailey Brown placed first in her over-the-fence (jumping) class; and sophomores Jessie Hayes and Heather Brown, placed second in their over-fences classes. The day continued to go well with Brown and sophomore Marina da Silva placing second in their flat classes. Dana Ellwanger, a freshman, won the blue ribbon in the advance walk/trot/canter class.
Success continued on day two of the show with da Silva placing second over-fences. Dana Ellwanger and Nicki Conradt-Eberlin, both freshmen, placed first in their advance walk/trot/canter classes. And Justine Cherochak, a senior, placed third in the walk/trot class, which allowed the Cougars to jump two spots from the previous day and finish in fourth place for the competition.
In flat classes, the riders are all in the ring together and an announcer tells the riders when to walk, trot or canter. The different classes are the different levels of riding skill. For example, open-over-fences and flat are the highest level, and then there is intermediate fences and flat and novice fences and flat. The advance walk/trot/canter is just flat, and then there is beginner walk/trot/canter followed by the lowest level, which is walk/trot.
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