Fairburn, Ga. - The Transylvania Eventing Team's outstanding 2019 season culminated this past weekend as the Pioneers competed at the National Intercollegiate Eventing Championships at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials.
After three years of being held at the Virginia Horse Center, the championships moved this year to Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, Georgia, just south of Atlanta.
This year's National Championships comprised a loaded field of 25 teams representing 16 schools across Division I, Division II, and Division III: Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina State, Texas A&M, Alabama, the University of Findlay, Sewanee, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, South Carolina-Aiken, and Bridgewater College.
Five members of the Transylvania eventing team competed in the 2019 championships including senior Abby Blackburn on Dior HH and Opposition Lady, senior Jessie Dees on Nightvale's Very Own, junior Stevee Candrl on Drinkin' Deacon, sophomore Amanda Haw on With Perseverance, and freshman Maddie Cease on Charlie and TS Airstrike.
Conditions were tough with the Georgia heat topping out near 90 degrees over both days of competition. Despite the conditions, Day One of the national championships brought about a strong start for Transylvania, with Blackburn and Haw both placing in the top five after the Dressage competitions.
Blackburn, Haw, and Cease also put in clear show jumping rounds to place the team just inside the top ten.
The team dominated cross country day on Sunday with all seven horse and rider combinations going clear.
The team ultimately moved up to seventh place out of 25 teams, a great accomplishment amongst the strength of competition.
Individually, Blackburn finished in third place in the Open Beginner Novice division on Opposition Lady. Haw also recorded a third-place finish in the Novice Rider division while Cease finished third in the Beginner Novice Rider on TS Airstrike. Dees finished fifth in the Beginner Novice rider.
The team will be working hard this summer and looks forward to a strong start to the fall season in September.
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