Judson’s IHSA Hunt Seat team begins season
Judson College’s Hunt Seat team participated in their first competition of the intercollegiate season on October 17-18th, 2015. The University of Alabama hosted the show in Tuscaloosa at River Oaks Farm. Competitors included teams from Auburn University, the University of Alabama, Berry College, Emory University, Georgia College, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, and Mississippi College.
It was a great start for both new and returning members of the team. Judson’s horses Gibby (Hanoverian/Thoroughbred cross), Ranelli (Paint), and Ben (Thoroughbred/Quarter horse cross) also enjoyed some attention, receiving many compliments for the assistance they provided the IHSA and the host of the competition.
On Saturday, Kailee Ramsey from Somerville, AL competed in her first Intermediate Over Fences and Equitation on the Flat classes, receiving reserve in both. Candace Paige from Gadsden, AL won the Novice Flat class with Judson’s own horse, Gibby.
Judson students competed in three of four Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter classes on Saturday. Abigail Wood of Western Cape, South Africa, placed 6th in her class, and Alex Huber of Mechanicsburg, PA placed 4th in her class. Sara Alsabrook of Centreville, AL got reserve. Sara Jean Lane of Conyers, GA placed 6th in the Walk/Trot Class.
On Sunday, Kailee Ramsey placed 6th in her Intermediate Flat class, and Candace Paige placed 6th in the Novice Flat class. Alex Huber placed 2nd in her Advanced Flat class, giving her enough points to move out of her division and into the next. Huber is now qualified for regionals next spring, and will be showing Over Fences as well as her Flat class. Maegen Fariss of Prattville, AL got reserve in Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter class, and Sara Jean Lane placed 5th in the Walk/Trot class.
The Judson Equestrian Western and Hunt Seat teams will compete at Berry College on Nov. 7 and 8.