It was a joyous return trip for both Vixen riding teams who traveled to the Baltimore area over the weekend for the 2013 American National Riding Commission’s National Intercollegiate Equitation Championship.
The novice team, made up of Kathleen Drake ’14, Brianna Belter ’13 and Abigail Strohmeyer ’16, won two of four phases and placed high enough in the others to claim the overall team championship in the novice competition.
Sweet Briar’s national team also shined, accumulating enough points through all four phases to be reserve champions at second place overall. Ali Davidson ’13, Liz Koslow ’13 and Olivia Smith ’14 represented the College team at the national level. Elizabeth Hansbrough ’13 competed as an individual.
There were a number of great individual performances, too:
- Liz Koslow won the medal course with a score of 90.
- Katie Drake was the overall novice individual champion.
- Brianna Belter was the overall novice individual reserve champion.
- Olivia Smith was the overall national individual reserve champion.
This year’s competition was larger than ever with 30 novice- and 37 national-level riders from Savannah College of Art and Design, Sweet Briar, Centenary, Goucher, Virginia Intermont, Bridgewater and Hood colleges; the University of Virginia, University of the South; and St. Andrews, Towson, Otterbein, Fairfield, East Carolina and California State Polytechnic universities.