3/8/2010 - Equestrian team qualifies largest number of riders ever for regionals
Judson College equestrians participated in their final Intercollegiate Horse Association Show of the season in Rome, Ga. on Feb. 27-28, qualifying the largest number of Judson riders ever for regionals. The show was hosted by Berry College.
The Western Show took place on Feb. 27.
Joy Hays of Wetumpka placed second in "Open Reining Horsemanship" and first in "Open Western Horsemanship," earning enough points to qualify for the upcoming regional show.
Jordyn Blackwell of Grand Bay placed second in "Advanced Horsemanship."
Andrea Luckie of Alexander City placed Reserve in "Novice Horsemanship."
Heather Hodge of Thomasville placed third in "Intermediate Horsemanship," qualifying her for the regional show as well.
Lindy Cowart of Florence, Miss. placed third and Meagan Bennett of Wadley placed fourth in "Beginner Horsemanship."
The western regional show occurred on Feb. 28. Regional riders must place first or second in order to move on to the Western Semi-Final Show. The Western Semi-Finals for IHSA Zone 5, Region 2 will be held in Laurinburg, NC March 27-28 and will be hosted by St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
The Judson team was awarded the ribbon as the overall Reserve High Point Team (2nd place) for the 2009-2010 show season.
Hays was awarded the ribbon and prize as the Reserve High Point Rider for the 2009-2010 show season.
Hays then placed Reserve Champion in "Open Reining Horsemanship" and also in "Open Western Horsemanship." In Intermediate Western Horsemanship, Hodge placed Reserve Champion and Samantha Marcella of Cullman placed sixth.
Sarah Dunn of Frisco City placed Reserve Champion in "Beginner Western Horsemanship."
Judson had riders compete in six total classes and qualified four for regional competition, which is the greatest number of students Judson has ever qualified.
Team manager and Judson senior, Allison Agee of Monroeville, noted that this would be her last season before graduation and that it had certainly been "a memorable year."
* Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.