On Saturday, Feb. 11, Averett's Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team competed at Virginia Tech in its final competition. The team finished out the season well. Heather Tharpe finished third over-fences and second on the flat in the novice division during Saturday's events. Marina da Silva finished second on the flat in the intermediate division. Other great placements that helped the team were Hailey Brown winning her novice flat class and Nicki Conradt-Eberlin winning her advance walk/trot/canter class.
Virginia Tech hosted the IHSA Regional Championships on Sunday. In order to compete at Regionals, riders have to accumulate 36 points in their division.
Representing Averett were da Silva in the intermediate over-fences division; Brown in both the novice over-fences and novice on the flat divisions; and Alicia Gentile and Dana Ellwanger in the advance walk/trot/canter division.
Da Silva was champion intermediate over-fences and Brown reserve champion novice over-fences and on the flat. Gentile finished with a strong fifth place win and Ellwanger with a fourth place win.
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 are 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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