In the April 7th Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 4 Championships (the equivalent of conference championships for equestrian), the Goucher College Equestrian Team finished first with 45 points overall ahead of St. Andrews’ 43 points, Bridgewater’s 34 points, and University of Delaware’s 30 points.
Riders Karli Postel ’13 and Amory Brandt ’12 missed qualifications as individuals in the Open division, but triumphed as team point riders in the Open division: Postel received second place in fences, while Brandt received third place on the flat. Addie Jabin ’13 produced spectacular rides in the Intermediate division, taking first in flat and fences.
Joey Fink ’15, the team’s only male rider, performed nearly flawless rides in the Novice division, scoring second place in both flat and fences. Riding as an individual, Charlotte Kellogg ’12 did not qualify for championships as an individual in Novice flat, but finished in the top eight of the conference alongside teammate Taylor Marcus ‘12, who was vying for a spot as an Intermediate flat individual rider.
Point riders Maddie Tidwell ’13 and Callie Hodge ’15 swept their classes with matching first place finishes in Walk Trot and Walk Trot Canter respectively.
Goucher College’s equestrian team will head to Intercollegiate National Championships in Raleigh, NC on May 3rd.
On April 20th a select group will represent the Goucher equestrian team at the American National Riding Commission Equitation Championship (ANRC) hosted by Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. This select team will consist of team captains Brandt, Kellogg, and Postel, as well as teammates Marcus, Jabin, and Fink. All riders will be asked to complete a written test, a choreographed ‘dressage’ style routine, and a course of obstacles in a ring and on a ‘hunt style’ turf field.
“It has been a goal of ours to qualify for Nationals for years now and we’re all very excited that we have made it. Just qualifying in itself is amazing enough, no matter how we do at Nationals,” said Brandt.
“The entire team has put in so much hard work this year and everyone has really worked together for us to attain this goal. I really couldn’t be more proud of the team!”