Averett's Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Team competed at their last regional show of the season on March 18 in Laurinburg, N.C. at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. The Averett team rode well against competitors from North Carolina State University, St. Andrews and Furman 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.
Despite the chilly, overcast day Averett's First Level riders seniors Alexandra "Lexy" Pingree and Emily Henderson had strong rides, placing in second and third respectively. Upper Training rider sophomore Jessie Hayes rode extremely well, winning her division and becoming Reserve High Point rider for the day.
As the heat grew throughout the day, so did the competition with the Lower Training riders, sophomores Lindsey Baker placing third and Deanna Beebe, placing fifth. The final division, Intro Level, had strong rides from sophomore Catherine Doane in third and freshman Kassia White in fourth. Averett's two teams ended up placing second and third overall.
Year-end accomplishments include the team placing second in the region, along with several Regional Division Champions. As Regional Division Champion, each rider qualifies to compete at the 2012 IDA Nationals held at Centenary College in New Jersey. Averett had riders at three of the four levels qualify as Division Champion, including senior Khrystynna Hunsinger at Upper Training, Hayes at Lower Training and Baker at Intro. Averett also had two other riders qualify as Regional Division Reserve Champions, including Henderson at First Level and sophomore Shannon Stone at Upper Training.
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