by Jackie Wich
New Market, Tenn- The Transylvania Eventing Team took a first-place victory against 13 other teams at the River Glen Horse Trials this weekend of November 10 in the mountains of Tennessee at the beautiful River Glen Equestrian Park.
After two long days of competing against 13 other teams which included the University of Kentucky, Clemson University, University of Findlay, and University of South Carolina, the Pioneer eventing team came out on top.
After two days of competition, the Pioneers finished on top with a score of 97.201, finishing more than five points better than USC-Aiken, which finished second with a score of 102.974.
The below-30 degree temperatures proved to not be an issue for the horse and rider combinations as they took to the Dressage ring on Friday morning. The morning started with Jackie Wich and her horse Master Miller, who laid down a respectable test.
Following behind Wich and Master Miller was Amanda Haw and her mare, With Perseverance, in the Training Rider division. Later that morning, Maddie Cease laid down a foot perfect test on her horse Charlie to hold second place in the Novice Rider division.
And lastly, Nathalie Ouellet and her mount Aberdeen IV performed a stellar test to earn a 29.8, landing them in fourth place going into show jumping.
Later that afternoon, the Pioneers executed the large show jumping course with ease. Both Cease and Ouellet had double clear rounds on their mounts. Cease moved up to first place overnight in the Novice Rider division going into Sunday morning's Cross Country.
On Sunday, all horse and rider pairs came home with fast, double clear Cross Country rides. Maddie Cease started off the morning with her partner Charlie. The pair held onto their lead to win the Novice Rider division. Both Wich and Haw had fast rides on their mounts through a terrain-challenging Training course.
To wrap up the weekend, Ouellet stormed around the Beginner Novice track with ease to finish in fourth place. The Pioneers claimed the overall victory by a 4-point margin.
The River Glen Horse Trials concludes the fall 2019 season for the eventing team. Transylvania Eventing Head Coach Tanya Davis and her team will be hard at work during the winter months to come back stronger than ever for F.E.N.C.E Horse Trials in South Carolina at the beginning of April.
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