CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston equestrian took home top team honors for the third consecutive show when the Cougars championed their home-hosted Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition at Storybook Farm.
The Cougars won in thrilling fashion, edging out second-place Georgia Southern by a single point after an all-day back-and-forth affair which came down to the last class of the day.
By the time the dust settled, the Cougars championed nine of 18 classes held throughout the day with freshmen Blaine Ferraro and Victoria Bauer tying for Reserve High Point Rider honors by winning the Open Fences and Novice Flat (Section B), respectively.
The Cougars swept all three sections of the Novice Flat with Annie Carr riding to a first-place finish in Section A, Bauer vanquishing the field in Section B, and Evelyn Lewis besting Section C.
Other class winners for the Cougars were Christina Couper, Trudy Noll in Intermediate Fences, Julie Barton in Advanced Walk, Trot, Canter (Section A), Jenna Terribile in Beginners Walk, Trot, Canter (Section A), and Julie Folkman in Beginners Walk, Trot, Canter (Section B).
CofC’s Cat Rodda was named the Cougars’ Sportsmanship Award winner after her attitude and commitment to her teammates and the horses throughout the day.
With the fall portion of the schedule behind them, the Cougars now lead IHSA Zone 5 Region 3 with 145 points at the midway portion of the season. Trailing the Cougars are Georgia Southern (124 points), South Carolina (119), Converse (118), and Lander (107) rounds out the top five.
The Cougars now break from competition until they commence the spring portion of their schedule with an IHSA Show on Feb. 2, 2014, at Georgia Southern.