Averett's Intercollegiate Dressage Team (IDA) hosted one of its largest competitions to date during its last home show of the season Feb. 18 and 19. The two-day show consisted of competitors from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., Averett's leading rival, and North Carolina State University. The IDA Competition is divided into four levels: First, Upper Training, Lower Training and Intro. The First Level is the highest and most challenging.
During Saturday's competition, sophomore Jessie Hayes qualified as an individual for the IDA National Competition and was named Regional Champion at the Lower Training Level. In addition, senior Emily Henderson won the First Level Division and sophomore Shannon Stone won at the Upper Training Level; and Hayes placed second at the Lower Training Level while sophomore Catherine Doane placed second at the Intro Level. Stone's first place finish was strong enough to achieve High Point Ride of the day. Averett's two teams placed first and sixth overall for the day.
On Sunday, riders had to deal with inclement weather, including freezing rain and sleet. While the Averett team persevered, their results were not as strong as Saturday's. Henderson placed second, just 0.8 of a point behind first place. At Upper Training Level, senior Khrystynna Hunsinger came in first with a Reserve High Point ride for the day. Sophomore Lindsey Baker had a second place ride of the day at Intro Level. By the end of the day's competition, Averett's two teams had placed third and fifth.
This was the first time Averett has hosted a two-day competition. In addition, the number of competitors surpassed all previous shows of the year.
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